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Report on Trump pressuring Raffensperger to ‘find’ votes named most engaging of 2021

The Washington Post report about former President Trump pressuring a top Georgia elections official to help him change the result of the 2020 election was the top story on Chartbeat in 2021. 

Chartbeat is an online engagement tool news organizations and other publishers use to track web traffic and other digital data. 

The Post report, published on Jan. 3 and authored by national political reporter Amy Gardner, included a recording of a phone conversation between Trump and Brad Raffensperger, the Georgia secretary of state.

The piece details how Trump urged Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to overturn the election. Trump and his allies have maintained, without substantial evidence, for some time that the 2020 presidential election was tainted by widespread voter fraud. 

However, multiple state and federal elections officials including Raffensperger have stated that there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud. Raffensperger maintains in the call with Trump that the election in Georgia was accurate. 

“I just want to find 11,780 votes,” Trump said, according to the Post. 

“The people of Georgia are angry, the people of the country are angry,” the Post reported Trump said on the call. “And there’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, that you’ve recalculated.”

President Biden won the state of Georgia by a slim margin in 2020, the first time in over 20 years that a Democrat won the Peach State. 

In a description of its top stories of the year, Chartbeat said it evaluated more than 33 million pieces of content, totaling 368 billion minutes of engaged time, which is the total amount of time visitors spent actively reading pages on sites that use Chartbeat. 
 
Other stories in the top 10 included an analysis in medical news outlet STAT comparing the various coronavirus vaccines, a late-January story from Politico about National Guardsmen who were told to vacate the U.S. Capitol following the Jan. 6 attack and a CNN report about a flurry of pardons handed down on Trump’s last day in office. 
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