Trump tweets endorsement in Georgia secretary of state race

November 26, 2018 GMT

ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump has tweeted an endorsement in the runoff election for Georgia’s top elections official.

Trump posted a pair of tweets Monday praising Republican state Rep. Brad Raffensperger, who faces former Democratic congressman John Barrow in a Dec. 4 runoff for secretary of state. Trump said Raffensperger is a candidate who “is tough on Crime and Borders” and “will be great for jobs!”

The secretary of state oversees elections in Georgia, as well as professional licensing and corporate registration. The office has no law enforcement function. It was previously held by Republican Gov.-elect Brian Kemp.

Raffensperger finished the Nov. 6 election with 49 percent of the vote, leading Barrow by just 16,278 votes out of 3.8 million cast. The race requires a runoff because neither candidate surpassed 50 percent.