Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) — who was absolutely hammered by former President Donald Trump over his handling of the 2020 election in the Peach State — is not having a great month.
According to the Washington Examiner, Raffensperger’s latest dose of bad news comes as he was flat-out rejected after requesting to be a Republican delegate in his own Georgia precinct. It’s apparently exceedingly rare, if not unprecedented, for a high-ranking Republican to be turned down for such a position.
“Raffensperger has got to go”
One unnamed participant in the recent Fulton County Republican Caucuses made clear that Raffensperger’s rejected nomination was a signal that he’s no longer welcome within the ranks of the GOP, given his fallout with Trump following the 2020 election.
“We are sending a message that will be heard all around the state. Raffensperger has got to go,” the anonymous participant in the delegate election said, according to the Examiner.
The Georgia Republican Assembly later offered insight on the developing situation, reporting that not only did Raffensperger fail to attend the event, but he also wasn’t nominated by a single person in attendance.
“Raffensperger had sent a note requesting to be made a delegate but no one nominated him and he did not attend the caucus,” the assembly said.
“Raffensperger’s defeat comes as a shock given that Republican elected officials are often treated like royalty whenever they seek to be made a delegate to anything,” the assembly added.
His bad day gets worse
Adding to Raffensperger’s series of unfortunate events were reports that first surfaced Monday morning concerning his dimming prospects for re-election in 2022. According to The New York Times, Trump issued a formal endorsement of Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA), a lawmaker who announced he won’t be seeking re-election to the House next year in an attempt to take over as Georgia’s secretary of state.
In his endorsement, Trump made clear that he believes Hice is the best person to assume the mantle in a state that was at the forefront of the various election-related controversies last November.
Former President Donald Trump endorses Jody Hice for Georgia Secretary of State. pic.twitter.com/fUABqieleQ
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) March 22, 2021
The New York Times called Trump’s endorsement of Hice the most “prominent” example of the former president’s vow to exact revenge on a number of Republicans who went against him or didn’t meet his standards of loyalty when it came to navigating the fallout of the 2020 election.
It stands to reason that if Raffensperger can’t even secure the position as an elected delegate in his home district, his chances when facing off statewide next year against a Trump-backed, popular Georgia Republican and former member of the U.S. House are exceedingly slim. Let the games begin.