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Loeffler sidesteps debate question on Trump's claims of 'rigged' election

Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerGeorgia's top election official looks to shake political drama Collins hits Warnock after All-Star Game pulled: 'Thanks for nothing' High anxiety over Trump in Georgia GOP MORE (R-Ga.) declined on Sunday to say whether she supports President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump mocks Murkowski, Cheney election chances Race debate grips Congress US reentry to Paris agreement adds momentum to cities' sustainability efforts MORE’s claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged against him. 

“It’s vitally important that Georgians trust our elections process, and the president has every right to every legal recourse, and that’s what’s taking place,” Loeffler said during a televised debate against her Democratic opponent, the Rev. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockWisconsin state Treasurer Sarah Godlewski launches Senate bid Congressional Black Caucus members post selfie celebrating first WH visit in four years Black lawmakers press Biden on agenda at White House meeting MORE, when asked whether she backs Trump’s claims that the election results had been marred by widespread fraud and malfeasance. 

Loeffler also did not say whether she supports Trump’s demand that Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempHollywood stars, business leaders sign open letter opposing new voting restrictions MLB's ratings sink with GOP Trump digs in on attacks against Republican leaders MORE (R) call a special session of the state's General Assembly in an effort to overturn the results of the election. 

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Loeffler is facing Warnock in a Jan. 5 runoff election. That race, along with another runoff between Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueGeorgia's top election official looks to shake political drama Lobbying world JPMorgan Chase CEO speaks out to defend voting rights in response to Georgia law MORE (R-Ga.) and Democrat Jon Ossoff, will prove crucial in determining the balance of power in the Senate in the next Congress.

Loeffler’s remarks on Sunday came two days after Georgia elections officials certified the results of a recount initiated by the Trump campaign late last month. The recount reaffirmed President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse panel approves bill to set up commission on reparations Democrats to offer bill to expand Supreme Court Former Israeli prime minister advises Iran to 'cool down' amid nuclear threats MORE’s victory in the state. 

Trump has refused to concede the presidential election to Biden and has insisted that he won despite his Democratic rival carrying a substantial lead in the electoral vote. The president has repeatedly and falsely claimed that widespread voter fraud and systemic irregularities tainted the election and has mounted multiple efforts to overturn the results. 

Those efforts have so far seen little, if any, success.