Kinzinger Statement on Brad Raffensperger Victory in Georgia

Maura Gillespie

May 25, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC – Following the results of the Georgia primary election, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) released the statement below touting the victory of Country First endorsed candidate Brad Raffensperger for Georgia Secretary of State over a Trump-backed challenger.

“Last night, the people of Georgia took a stand against former President Donald Trump and it spoke volumes. Especially when Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who refused to commit election fraud for President Trump in 2020 despite Trump's urging him to ‘find the votes’ in Georgia, won his re-election against a Trump-endorsed challenger. Not only did Brad win outright, but he won with 2.3 times the votes that Trump-endorsed gubernatorial candidate David Perdue received in total! It’s a big win and a major victory for Country First to see our efforts make an impact.

“It takes courage to do the right thing, and Brad Raffensperger has showed us that time and time again. He stands up for our democracy and for the people of Georgia. It’s an honor to support his candidacy.

“In addition to congratulating Brad and his team on their win last night, I want to also extend a big thank you to our Country First community—we’ve all been working overtime to implement our Primary First strategy, which recruits disaffected Republicans, Independents, and Democrats to participate in Republican primaries to help elect reasonable candidates and defeat the toxic ones who might otherwise win. Last week, we saw success in the defeat of Rep. Madison Cawthorn in the NC-11 primary and this week, and we followed that up with the Raffensperger win in the Georgia Secretary of State primary. Our mission continues, and I’m motivated by the growing momentum and passion of our members in putting country over party.”

Country First has taken an active role in primary elections nationwide with a robust mailing, advertisement, and text messaging campaign. Through grassroots efforts and mobilizing the Country First State Chapters, the movement is effectively targeting the most partisan politicians and engaging with voters to get involved early. Through Primary First, we are empowering more of the reasonable majority to unrig America’s primary election system. Learn more and get involved at