Raffensperger speaks on 'health checks' of Georgia's election system, Kemp's vow to back Trump

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger attends the National Association of Secretaries of State winter meeting, Feb. 16, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger says his office is putting noses to the grindstone to ensure election transparency and trust with voters ahead of 2024.

He’s also confident about where he stands with Georgia’s GOP after his 2022 reelection, where he garnered 51.9% of the vote against his Trump-backed opponent, Rep. Jody Hice.

“I look at Republicans, conservative voters, and I think that by and large when you look at the resounding success I had in my primary, and then also when I look at the winning margin I had statewide, I got high marks,” Raffensperger said.

He attributes his victory to his firm stance during the 2020 election, when then-president Donald Trump made the notorious call and asked Raffensperger’s office to “find” enough votes to overturn the election results in Georgia.

“Because at the end of the day, they know that in Georgia, that was an accurately run election,” Raffensperger told WABE’s “Morning Edition.”

But even amid Trump’s ongoing feud with Georgia’s GOP, Gov. Brian Kemp has said he would still support Trump in a rematch against President Joe Biden if he wins the GOP nomination.

In turn, Raffensperger said while he does not endorse any candidates, he will continue to support Gov. Kemp.

Raffensperger sat down with “Morning Edition” live to talk about the future of Georgia’s GOP and how his office is now performing “health checks” across the state’s election system.

Lily Oppenheimer contributed to this report.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger would support Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision to support former President Donald Trump running for reelection. Raffensperger spoke of his support of Kemp, not his decision to back Trump.