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Republicans think Georgia's intra-party feud could be a bad omen for GOP's future in the state

There's an intra-GOP feud brewing in Georgia, sparked by President Trump's unfounded claims of election fraud. Sens. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) have called for the resignation of the Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger over his handling of the voting process. Raffensperger pushed back bluntly and later called Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) a "liar" for pushing Trump's case. Now, The Wall Street Journal reports, the infighting has Georgia Republicans worried about the party's future in the state, which voted for a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time since 1992 this year.

"This could really go off the rails and really cause long-term damage," former GOP state Rep. Buzz Brockway said. "The long-term health of the GOP is on the line here in Georgia."

Writes the Journal, more than a dozen Republican officials and strategists are concerned the feud is distracting from Loeffler's and Perdue's respective January Senate runoffs and that it could also cost the party a Senate vote in 2022 when Loeffler's seat is open again. The sources are also reportedly worried that Gov. Brian Kemp (R), should he run for re-election in 2022, could be vulnerable, perhaps more so than Loeffler and Perdue, who have financial resources from the Republican National Committee. Read more at The Wall Street Journal.