Georgia Republicans are gathering Friday and Saturday at Jekyll Island for an unprecedented state GOP convention.
Many of the most committed Republican activists are meeting from around Georgia to hear from candidates and speakers who continue to echo concerns about election fraud.
The party activists will also pick the next state chair.
The favorite for the position is current Chair David Shafer — despite the fact that he ran the party during its biggest defeats in decades. Without sound evidence, Shafer continues to question the accuracy of the 2020 election results. He has also secured an endorsement from former President Donald Trump.
Challenging Shafer is Jason Shepherd, who leads the Cobb County GOP in Atlanta’s more moderate suburbs.
Gov. Brian Kemp is also scheduled to speak — but other elected officials who have drawn the ire of Trump and the former president’s die-hard supporters, like Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, are not on the itinerary.
WABE’s Johnny Kauffman spoke with the station’s “All Things Considered” host Jim Burress and discussed how the party’s allegiance to Trump, and his debunked claims of widespread voter fraud during the November 2020 election, are front and center.
Lily Oppenheimer contributed to this report.