“As he talked further what was pretty obvious to me is that he just has bad data,” Raffensperger told CNN’s Jake Tapper when asked whether he saw the President’s comments as an order to invent thousands of votes.
“We have the numbers on our side, and that’s why we had our press conference. We showed that of, I think there’s 10,000 dead voters, he said — we had two,” Raffensperger continued. “We had no underage voting at all in the state of Georgia; everyone was 18 during that election. He just has bad data, and when you have good data, you know that you can stand by your results, and our results were accurate.”
Raffensperger’s comments came in the final hours of voting in Georgia’s two runoff elections that will decide the US Senate’s party majority, and in turn the future of President-elect Joe Biden’s proposed agenda.
“The people of Georgia are angry. The people of the country are angry. And there’s nothing wrong with saying that, you know, um, that you’ve recalculated,” Trump said in one part of the call. Raffensperger responded, “Well, Mr. President, the challenge that you have is, the data you have is wrong.”
In another part, Trump said, “So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.”
Raffensperger appeared measured on Tuesday, not responding directly when asked whether he saw Trump’s assertion that ignoring his conspiracy theories was illegal as a threat and whether he thought Trump had broken the law during their call.
He also noted it was “a good point” that none of the House Republicans from Georgia who won in November and are objecting to Biden’s electoral votes are also objecting to their own victories, “because their election was run with the same system, the same processes, and they won their races.”
Raffensperger assured that Georgians should “absolutely” feel confident about the integrity of Tuesday’s Senate runoff elections.
“We have never had an election that has been more secure with more integrity, and I would encourage every Georgian, if you haven’t voted yet, put away all of this negative stuff that will keep you away from the polls and get out to vote,” he added.
CNN’s Jason Morris, Chandelis Duster and Devan Cole contributed to this report.