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Georgia Republican secretary of state hits Loeffler as 'weak,' 'fake Trumper'

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) on Thursday called former Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Herschel Walker skips Georgia's GOP convention Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock MORE "weak" and a "fake Trumper" following her call for the state official to be investigated over his handling of the 2020 election. 

During an appearance on Fox News, network host Neil Cavuto asked the Georgia Republican about his plans for the future, existing within a part that "might be pushing" him "to the side — or trying to."

Raffensperger responded, stating that he plans to run for reelection in the state and acknowledged that Georgians may still be upset about the results in the 2020 election. 

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"Many people support what I have done, when I talk to people throughout the state ... there were still some hard feelings from some of the people, but many of the people understood that we did everything right — they didn't like the results, but neither did I," he said. 

Cavuto then asked Raffensperger if he would support Loeffler should she run for Senate again and win the Republican nomination. 

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“I don’t believe that’s going to happen. I think that what the base wants is someone that’s a true blue Trump supporter, and she’s a fake Trumper,” Raffensperger said. 

Cavuto asked again if she won the nomination if he would throw his support behind the former senator. 

“That’s such a wild hypothetical," Raffensperger said. "Let’s talk about it if it happens.”  

The remarks from the Georgia secretary of state come after Loeffler sent a letter Wednesday to the state’s Attorney General Chris Carr requesting a probe into whether Raffensperger used his office to advance his personal political interests during the 2020 election cycle. 

Loeffler alleged that he “politicized and minimized voters’ legitimate concerns about changes to Georgia’s elections” amid the pandemic, where states across the country relied on mail-in ballots to minimize person-to-person contact at the polls. 

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Loeffler, an ardent supporter of former President TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Carolina Senate passes trio of election measures 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos MORE, lost to Sen. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Past criticism of Trump becomes potent weapon in GOP primaries Why the Democrats need Joe Manchin MORE (D-Ga.) in the state's Senate election in January. Her loss as well as former Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock Georgia Republican secretary of state hits Loeffler as 'weak,' 'fake Trumper' MORE's (R-Ga.) in the state to Sen. Jon OssoffJon OssoffStacey Abrams calls on young voters of color to support election reform bill MLB calls lawsuit over All-Star Game 'political theatrics' Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock MORE (D-Ga.) afforded Democrats the slim majority in the upper chamber. 

Raffensperger has caught the ire of Trump following the 2020 election after the former president lost the reliably red state to President BidenJoe BidenJapan to possibly ease COVID-19 restrictions before Olympics 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday China supplies millions of vaccine doses to developing nations in Asia MORE by about 12,000 votes.

Trump repeatedly asserted that the election in Georgia was subject to widespread voter fraud. However, Raffensperger confirmed after the November election there was no evidence to support this claim. 

Trump made several efforts to pressure Raffensperger to overturn the election results in the Peach State, at one point asking the official to "find" more than 11,000 votes needed to flip the state red. 

Biden's victory was the first time in more than 20 years that a Democrat won Georgia.