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Georgia’s lieutenant governor, Republican Geoff Duncan will not run for re-election in 2022, according to The Western Journal.
Duncan openly opposed Trump’s claims of election fraud.
Many members of the Republican party are irked by his stance in the matter.
Other GOP members have reinforced beliefs that Trump was in fact cheated out of his presidency.
Duncan claims that he will begin organizing an advocacy group called 2.0 that “will focus on healing and rebuilding a Republican Party that is damaged but not destroyed.”
“GOP 2.0 will work hard every day reminding Americans the value of conservative policies through genuine empathy and a respectful tone,” Duncan Stated.
Duncan is also writing a book called “GOP 2.0: How the 2020 Election Can Lead to a Better Way Forward for America’s Conservative Party.”
The book is set to be published sometime in September by Simon & Schuster.
“It always feels coldest right before the sun rises,” Duncan noted.
“I believe that is the exact moment in time the Republican Party is caught in right now, and I am committed to being a part of creating those better days ahead for our conservative party all across this country.”
Senators Burt Jones and state Senate President Pro Tem Butch Miller are both planning to run for Duncan’s current position as Lieutenant Governor.
In his standing up against Trump’s claims of election fraud Duncan has found himself a spotlight and has received sup[port from many, including moderates and even Democrats.
However, the spotlight has also made Duncan a target for the Republican party and are holding Duncan to be making actions that could prove “detrimental to the party.”
The GOP is also calling for him to issues apologies.
Some Republicans stated that he “repeatedly denied the existence of election fraud and voting irregularities in the 2020 elections, and in doing so denigrated President Trump and countless Republican voters in Georgia for their beliefs.”
From The Western Journal:
Duncan had said that what he saw as misinformation spread by Trump would hurt Republicans’ chances in two U.S. Senate runoffs held in January, which Democrats went on to sweep, giving them control of the chamber. He has also criticized as “punitive” parts of Georgia’s new election law.
The new law requires voters to present identification to request an absentee ballot, cuts days for requesting an absentee ballot, shortens early voting before runoff elections, provides fewer drop boxes than allowed during the pandemic, allows the state to take over county election offices and bars people from giving food and water to voters within 150 feet (45 meters) of a polling place.
In early March, Duncan refused to preside over a state Senate debate on a GOP-backed proposal that would have greatly limited who could vote absentee by mail. The provision was not included in the final version of the bill that became law.
Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger also has been a critic of Trump’s election claims and has said repeatedly that the election was free and fair.
Raffensperger, who is running for re-election, is already being challenged by Republican U.S. Rep Jody Hice, who has been endorsed by Trump.