As Georgians Prepare to Vote, Trump Interference Draws Rebuke

Ms. Loeffler, a wealthy businesswoman facing off against Mr. Warnock, deflected questions about Mr. Trump and his phone call as she campaigned around the state before heading to join the president Monday night. “My sole focus is on tomorrow, Jan. 5,” she said at an Atlanta-area airport.

On Monday evening, Ms. Loeffler tweeted that she would join the dozen or so U.S. senators on Wednesday to vote against the certification of the election results granting Mr. Biden’s victory. “I will vote to give President Trump and the American people the fair hearing they deserve and support the objection to the Electoral College certification process,” she said.

Mr. Perdue, who has been quarantined because of a possible exposure to the coronavirus, appeared Sunday night on a Fox News program where he said that he did not think the president’s pressure campaign on Mr. Raffensperger would affect the election.

Mr. Perdue blamed Mr. Raffensperger for the leaked recording of the one-hour conversation.

He also defended Mr. Trump’s assertions about electoral fraud. “What the president said is exactly what he’s been saying the last few months, and that is, the last two months anyway, we’ve had some irregularities in the election in November and he wants some answers. He has not gotten them yet from the secretary of state.”

Though Georgia has suffered a number of problems administering elections of late, with long lines, delayed results and technical glitches, some elections officials expressed confidence that Tuesday’s election would go smoothly.

Officials in Fulton County said that 370,000 ballots had already been cast there. While not specifically mentioning Mr. Trump, the Fulton County elections director, Richard Barron, addressed an “audio recording late yesterday” in which Fulton County was mentioned more than a dozen times.

In the tape, Mr. Trump made a number of claims about election fraud by Fulton County, including allegations of what he called “ballot stuffing.” Mr. Raffensperger’s office said those claims were investigated and rejected as unfounded.

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