"Republicans don't need electoral reform to win, ”he said in an interview. “We need leadership. I think there are millions of Republicans across the country who are waking up to the realization that Donald Trump's divisive tone and strategy cannot be won in prescient elections.
"We need real leadership, we need a new focus, a GOP 2.0 with moderates in the middle, to get us to the next election cycle."
WATCH: Georgia Republican lieutenant governor @GeoffDuncan says, "Republicans don't need electoral reform to win, we need leadership." #MTP
Duncan: "We need a new focus, (a) GOP 2.0, with moderates in the middle, to bring us to the next election." pic.twitter.com/TmPSoK1DZC
– Meet the press (@MeetThePress) March 14, 2021
The Georgia Chamber of Commerce also opposed restrictive aspects of both House Bill 531 and Senate Bill 241. "We have expressed concern and opposition to provisions contained in both HB 531 and SB 241 that limit or reduce voter access," the chamber said in a statement received by the news site Popular Information. "As these two collective bills go through the legislative process, we will continue to work to ensure both accessibility and security within our voting system."
Georgia Democrats have been protesting the oppressive law changes for several months, with widely recognizable figures like former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams tirelessly fighting the measures. she said CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Governor Brian Kemp "went to great lengths to reassure America that the Georgia elections were safe "following Trump's unsubstantiated claims of widespread electoral fraud. Still, Republican lawmakers have used allegations of electoral fraud, however controversial, to contain their efforts to support voting rights.
"The only connection we can find is that more people of color voted and changed the outcome of the election in a direction that Republicans don't like," Abrams said. She called the attack on the right to vote "racist" and "a redux from Jim Crow in a suit and tie".
Democratic Senator David Lucas similarly described the efforts of the Georgia Senate. in the the presidential election of 1876 Between Democratic candidate Samuel Tilden and former Republican President Rutherford Hayes, the Republican pledged to withdraw federal troops from the last remaining Confederate state, where they were only used to win the election, Lucas said. Hayes sacrificed the security and voting rights of southern blacks for political gain. "And then we had Jim Crow and people were lynched," Lucas said. The comparison between the 1876 elections and Georgia’s politics today is obvious. "Now I would be negligent in my duties as a representative of the 26th Senate District in order to choose this Malarkey," said Lucas.
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