Below, we compile quotes from campaigns’ ads, websites, social media posts, and statements reported in the media that illustrate endorsement or opposition to election denial — claims that the process or result of the last presidential election was illegitimate. Each of the candidates is running for an office that will play a role in administering future elections in Georgia. Information about the financing of these campaigns and those in other battleground states can be found here.
Catherine Davis (lost primary)
The campaign website of nonprofit executive Catherine Davis (R) features claims about a "barrage of anomalies including allegations of ballot harvesting, dead people voting, underage teens voting, [and] chain of custody violations,” and a plan to “steal the electoral college votes.”
In public remarks posted on Davis’s campaign Facebook page, she claimed that “drop boxes is how they stole the election,” and said she saw election workers “pull the ballots from underneath the table,” a reference to a disproven claim about vote counting in Fulton County.
Brian Kemp (won primary)
Gov. Brian Kemp (R) has defended himself and the 2020 results against election denial attacks and said, “I believe Joe Biden is the president of the United States. The election got certified. There’s nothing anybody can do about that.” He has touted his role enacting a voting bill called the Election Integrity Act.
David Perdue (lost primary)
In the governor’s race, Former U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R), began his opening statement in an April debate by saying: “First off, folks, let me be very clear tonight, the election in 2020 was rigged and stolen.” Perdue, who lost his bid for reelection to the Senate in the 2020 election cycle, said: “In my election and the president’s election, they were stolen. The evidence is compelling now.” He said he would not have certified the 2020 election. After his campaign announcement, he joined a lawsuit seeking to show that there “were serious violations of Georgia law in the Fulton absentee ballot tabulation."
Vernon Jones (withdrew to run for Congress)
Campaign ads from the aborted gubernatorial campaign of former state representative Vernon Jones (R) promise he will “authorize a full statewide forensic audit of the 2020 presidential election.” Jones has said on Twitter, “If it weren’t for Brian Kemp, Donald Trump would still be President of these United States.”
Kandiss Taylor (lost primary)
Educator Kandiss Taylor (R) said, “Arizona helped Georgia commit the voter fraud,” and she demanded that the governor conduct a “full forensic audit” in Fulton and Chatham Counties. In a January, she posted on Facebook that the Georgia election had potentially “over a million illegally harvested ballots! DECERTIFY GA NOW!”
David Belle Isle (lost primary)
The former Mayor of Alpharetta, Georgia, David Belle Isle (R) has said that Georgia “certified the wrong result,” and that “I believe on statistics alone that Trump won Georgia.” He has released ads featuring parody versions of popular country songs with the lyrics changed to claim there was misconduct in the 2020 election. The lyrics of one, in part:
Well way down yonder deep in Fulton County
Ballot counting’s fishier than the Chattahoochee
You can hardly find a camera on a Georgia drop box
Might’ve been some cheatin’ but they never got caught
State Farm Arena on a Tuesday night
A pyramid of ballots in the pale moonlight
Well Fulton’s missin’ ballots and it’s causing trouble
Happy faces count Biden’s ballot double
John Eaves (lost primary)
John Eaves (D), who used to chair the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, posted on Facebook: “there is no indication of fraud in last year’s election. The results still stand that after three ballot counts and multiple investigations Democrat Joe Biden defeated Republican incumbent Donald Trump in Georgia’s presidential election by about 12,000 votes. It is time we move past the ‘big lie’ as it is a consistent waste of tax dollars.”
Jody Hice (lost primary)
Rep. Jody Hice (R) has said, “If we were to get an accurate count of the votes in Georgia, I believe absolutely Trump won Georgia.” In an April debate, Hice made repeated claims about fraud in 2020 and alleged that Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger made a “deal” with Stacey Abrams that lead to fraud. He has claimed that “700,000 people are illegal voters.” As a member of Congress, Hice voted against certifying Biden’s victory.