President Trump tweets endorsement in Georgia secretary of state race

President Trump tweets endorsement in Georgia secretary of state race

President Donald Trump calls on a reporter as he speaks to members of the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then on to Mississippi for rallies. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

ATLANTA — President Donald Trump has tweeted an endorsement in the runoff election for Georgia's top elections official.

Trump posted a pair of tweets Monday praising Republican state Rep. Brad Raffensperger, who faces former Democratic U.S. Rep. John Barrow in a Dec. 4 runoff for secretary of state.

Trump said Raffensperger is a candidate who "is tough on Crime and Borders" and "will be great for jobs!"

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The secretary of state oversees elections in Georgia, as well as professional licensing and corporate registration.

The office has no law enforcement function. It was previously held by Republican Gov.-elect Brian Kemp.

Raffensperger finished the Nov. 6 election with 49 percent of the vote, leading Barrow by just 16,278 votes out of 3.8 million cast.

The race requires a runoff because neither candidate surpassed 50 percent.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.