ATLANTA — Georgia’s embattled secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, said Monday he and his wife have received death threats over his handling of the state’s presidential election.

He also claimed high-profile Republicans pressured him to question the validity of legally cast absentee ballots, including South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who denied the charge.

Raffensperger, a Republican, has been under fire from President Trump and his allies over a string of unsubstantiated allegations about the integrity of Georgia’s voting system, absentee ballot signature verification, and recount observation rules.

The result has been a bitter battle of words between Georgia’s secretary of state and members of his own party, including the president and Rep. Doug Collins, who was tapped by Trump to lead Georgia’s recount effort.

Collins accused Raffensperger of siding with Democrats for not forcefully pushing allegations of widespread voter fraud. Raffensperger called Collins a “liar” and a “charlatan.”

Raffensperger told the Washington Post that Georgia’s election audit would “affirm” the results of the initial count, which put Democratic candidate Joe Biden ahead in the state by about 14,000 votes. Nearly 5 million Georgians voted in the presidential election.

Raffensperger also said the audit would show the accuracy of the Dominion voting machines, which have been the target of some Republicans questioning the outcome of the election.

Dominion machines have been involved in every state where Trump has launched legal challenges. However, several election watchdogs have stated that there is no reason to believe the voting machines altered election outcomes. The company also has denied allegations of vote switching.

Election officials on Monday found 2,600 previously uncounted votes in Floyd County, feeding into the narrative that not all is above board.

Gabriel Sterling, who oversaw the implementation of the new election system for the secretary of state’s office, said the error occurred because county election officials failed to upload votes from a memory card in a ballot scanning machine. Sterling said it was a human error and called on Floyd County’s elections director to resign.

As the Floyd County controversy unfolded, Raffensperger continued his verbal assault on Collins, alleging he was a sore loser who would rather push the president’s agenda than look at facts.

“I’m an engineer. We look at numbers. We look at hard data,” Raffensperger said. “I can’t help it that a failed candidate like Collins is running around lying to everyone. He’s a liar.”

Raffensperger also said he spoke with Graham on Friday, who echoed Trump’s claims about voting irregularities.

Raffensperger said Graham asked him about Georgia’s signature matching law and whether political bias could have prompted poll workers to accept ballots with nonmatching signatures. Raffensperger said Graham also asked him whether he had the power to throw out all mail ballots in counties found to have higher rates of nonmatching signatures. He also told the Washington Post he was shocked by the suggestion he toss legally cast ballots.

Graham denied Monday night he made such a suggestion and called the characterization “ridiculous.”

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