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)
Former U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R), 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.
Bee Nguyen (advanced to primary runoff)
State Rep. Bee Nguyen (D) has made her opposition to election denial central to her campaign, describing her fear of “a secretary of state who is anti-democratic and refuses to certify the results of the election.” In December 2020, she debunked claims of ineligible voters from outside the state in a video that went viral. In an email to supporters, Nguyen attacked Jody Hice as “trying to decertify” the 2020 election and a “Big Lie promoter.” She wrote: “Imagine if the next person to oversee our elections literally called the results of the 2024 election into question if the outcome didn’t suit their party."
Brad Raffensperger (won primary)
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) said in an April debate that Hice has been spreading “disinformation,” noting: “That’s what destroys voter confidence.” Raffensperger wrote a book, published in late 2021, called Integrity Counts, in which he defends the way he ran the 2020 election and decries the trend of candidates refusing to accept election results and raising money on “unfounded claims of fraud and corruption.” In a November 2021 op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Raffensperger wrote, “I’m mostly known for standing up for the integrity of Georgia’s November 2020 elections. I spent months debunking conspiracy theories, refuting lies about our voting procedures, and enduring threats because I refused to bend on the facts. . . . If American democracy is to survive, political figures of both parties need to abandon stolen-election claims once and for all.”
Trish Brown (won primary)
Trish Brown (D), asked why she is seeking a seat on the board of elections, said: “We need people that are willing to fight against believers of the Big Lie.”
Robin Greco (lost primary)
Robin Greco (R) wrote in a Facebook post asking community members to place campaign signs: “I am running on Election Integrity and One And Done , which means You only get ONE VOTE ! We have got to Stop this Fraud.” In a speech to a local political group, Greco said, “citizens of Chatham County do not think that the election was fair.” She went on to say that the 2020 vote “should have been looked at differently, should have counted, should have had signatures, everything should have been verified.” In a pinned Facebook post, Greco wrote “We The People Can Not Stand for this!” about an article in which a state legislator states his lack of trust in Fulton County election administration, drop boxes, and signature matching protocols.
Jennifer Salandi (lost primary)
Since she qualified as a candidate for the board of elections in March, Jennifer Salandi (R) has shared content on her Facebook page related to the 2020 election, including a video claiming Fulton County’s election results were “electronically manipulated” and another stating that donations to fund election administration from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s charity “changed the outcome of the 2020 presidential race.” She also shared a video from Steve Bannon’s show featuring claims of voting machine irregularities in Mesa County, Colorado.