“You hate it when a family discussion gets outside the confines of the family,” said former Representative Jack Kingston, a Georgia Republican who served from 1993 to 2015. But Mr. Kingston and others believe that the party will heal up, and the rifts would soon become irrelevant as Republicans unify around the fear of a Democrat-run Senate.
“I don’t think it is something where people are going stay at home or vote for Jon Ossoff,” Mr. Kingston said, referring to Mr. Perdue’s Democratic challenger. “I just don’t see that happening. I think the Republican base is pretty riled up.”
Georgia is currently conducting an audit that involves counting all five million votes cast across 159 Georgia counties. Elections officials have said that only minor discrepancies have been discovered, with the exception of Floyd County, in the northwest, where about 2,600 uncounted votes had been discovered. The secretary of state’s office announced on Tuesday that it had found another discrepancy, in Fayette County, where the recount revealed 449 additional votes for Mr. Trump, narrowing Mr. Biden’s lead to 12,929 votes.
The Trump campaign issued a statement Tuesday pointing to these problems to say that “Recent revelations from Georgia’s ongoing statewide recount have shown that President Trump was absolutely correct to raise concerns.” Neither of the two discrepancies, however, is expected to change the outcome — a victory for Mr. Biden — when the recount is complete at midnight Wednesday.
While Mr. Trump remains the most popular Republican politician today, it is unclear how long that popularity will last, which makes it difficult to say now whether the governor, Mr. Kemp — who has remained a Trump fan through past bouts of presidential criticism — or Mr. Raffensperger will have a hard time with the Republican base when they are up for re-election in 2022.
“I think that the rift between those who are aligned with Trump and not aligned with Trump is going to end up playing itself out in some way shape or form but I think right now Trump and his allies have the upper hand,” said Andra Gillespie, an associate professor of political science at Emory University in Atlanta. “The question is: how long will their control of the Republican Party last?”
Stephanie Saul contributed reporting.