'We kept those lines short': Raffensperger keeps his seat in wake of Georgia's new election law

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks during a news conference on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

GOP Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is keeping his seat as Georgia’s elections head.

He defeated Democratic Representative Bee Nguyen by nearly 10 points — taking 53 percent of the vote.

Political analysts keep pointing back to Raffensperger’s now-infamous call with former president Donald Trump. Trump asked him to find the votes needed to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results. Raffensperger refused.

But Raffensperger has also received pushback from his opponent and other Democrats on helping pass the state’s new voting law — S.B. 202. The law included cutting back 24/7 absentee drop box hours, and also shortened the time frame Georgians have to request and return a mail-in ballot. Democrats call it restrictive and both Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and Nguyen ran on the campaign that the law disenfranchised many Georgians, especially people of color.

Nguyen tweeted that she called Raffensperger to concede late Election Night to congratulate him on winning his second term.

Raffensperger joined WABE’s “Morning Edition” to talk about what his victory means for Georgia voters.

Lily Oppenheimer contributed to this report.