20 Nov
2020

Facing runoffs, Georgia’s Republican senators ask the state’s top elections official, also a Republican, to step down.

first_imgMr. Raffensperger responded quickly in a statement of his own. “Let me start by saying that is not going to happen,” he said. – Advertisement – Mr. Trump has continued to falsely insist the election was being stolen from him. The move by the senators, who have both been closely aligned with the president, also underscores the infighting taking place among Republicans even as the party braces for a bitter showdown during the January runoffs. Some conservatives fear that impugning the electoral process will depress the vote among Republican voters, who may not turn out if they do not trust the legitimacy of the electoral process. “We believe when there are failures, they need to be called out — even when it’s in your own party,” the senators said in their statement, which did not offer any specific allegations or explain how they believed Mr. Raffensperger had fallen short. “Honest elections are paramount to the foundation of our democracy,” they said. “The Secretary of State has failed to deliver honest and transparent elections. He has failed the people of Georgia, and he should step down immediately.” “Trump is gonna cost the GOP the Senate,” Erick Erickson, a Georgia-based conservative commentator, wrote on Twitter. “His supporters are internalizing that the election in Georgia was stolen so why bother even trying.”In a briefing before the statement was issued on Monday, Gabriel Sterling, the voting system implementation manager for Mr. Raffensperger’s office, sought to debunk the various allegations that had circulated and said the election had run smoothly, despite long lines at times during early voting. He noted that the average wait time to vote on Election Day was two minutes — “that’s unheard of in this state, ever.”“The facts are the facts, regardless of outcomes,” he said, adding, “In this state, this time, this election on Election Day was an amazing success.” – Advertisement – Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler of Georgia on Monday called for the resignation of the state’s top elections official, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, as they accused his office of failing to oversee an honest and transparent election without evidence or citing specific concerns. Their extraordinary joint statement on Monday came as a rift among Republicans in Georgia has intensified as Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s lead over President Trump has steadily grown, pushing the president’s supporters to lash out against Mr. Raffensperger, who is a Republican. – Advertisement – “I know emotions are running high,” he added. “Politics are involved in everything right now. If I was Senator Perdue, I’d be irritated I was in a runoff. And both senators and I are all unhappy with the potential outcome for our president.”Mr. Raffensperger said that the process of reporting results had been orderly and followed the law.The results in Georgia have drawn widespread notice and alarmed Republicans, as Mr. Biden is outperforming Mr. Trump by more than 10,000 votes in a state Mr. Trump won in 2016. Both senators have been forced into runoff races against Democrats, contests that could determine control of the Senate.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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18 Sep
2020

La Liga: Barcelona Hit Deportivo 8-0 to End Losing Run

first_imgIn England, Jurgen Klopp’s first Merseyside derby ended in a comfortable victory as Liverpool beat 10-man Everton for their third consecutive Premier League win.Divock Origi and Mamadou Sakho headed in two goals in as many minutes at the end of the first half.Everton lost Ramiro Funes Mori for a nasty challenge on Origi, who had to be replaced by Daniel Sturridge.The substitute then drove in a third before Philippe Coutinho’s curled finish completed an emphatic win.Everton have not won at Anfield since 1999 and, in truth, they never looked like getting anything from their latest visit.The Reds looked more organised from the outset, attacked with pace and in numbers, and only a couple of good saves from Joel Robles prevented the hosts from taking the lead much earlier than the 43rd minute.The sending-off of Funes Moris, after he stood on Origi’s ankle, arguably ended any hopes of an Everton fight-back but there had been little to suggest that was ever on the cards.Liverpool finished with 37 shots on goal, 13 of those on target, while all three of Everton’s efforts were wide. This was the 226th Merseyside derby and one of the most one-sided.Also last night, Manchester United moved one point behind fourth-placed Arsenal with four Premier League games remaining after a comfortable 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.Damien Delaney set United on their way when he inadvertently turned Matteo Darmian’s cross into his own net.Julian Speroni kept Palace in the game with a series of fine saves before Darmian doubled the lead by lashing home from 20 yards.Arsenal, who have a game in hand, entertain West Brom this evening.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Liverpool, Man Utd win big in PremiershipBarcelona humiliated Deportivo La Coruna to end a three-match losing run.Luis Suarez scored four for the Spanish leaders, with the Uruguay striker bundling in the opener, then tucking in Lionel Messi’s pass.Barca scored six in the second half – Ivan Rakitic fired in, before Suarez slid in for his hat-trick and then tapped in Neymar’s selfless pass.Messi rolled in, then Marc Bartra’s solo goal and Neymar simple finish from close range sealed the rout.last_img read more

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