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Hice to Challenge Raffensperger in GOP Primary

Office of Congressman Jody Hice

A Congressman who represents part of Athens, as well as some of the surrounding counties is mounting a challenge to the state’s top elections official.

Representative Jody Hice has been in Congress since 2015 and was an ardent defender of President Donald Trump during Trump’s tenure in the White House. That support paid off, with the former President endorsing Hice's candidacy just hours after the formal announcement.

Hice was also one of a number of Republican lawmakers who challenged the certification of election results on January 6th. Despite a lack of evidence indicating widespread voter fraud in Georgia, Hice has continued to attack current Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger over election integrity issues – an attack that seems to form the basis for his primary challenge to Raffensperger, announced today.

In a press release, Hice alleges that Raffensperger created “cracks in the integrity” of the state’s election. Hice’s announcement that he is challenging Raffensberger in the 2022 Republican primary is expected to lead to a crowded Republican primary in the 10th Congressional district, as candidates jump into the race for this seat, which is widely seen to be a safe bet to stay in Republican hands.

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.
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