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Georgia secretary of state’s office evacuated as armed protesters gather outside

Led by a Georgia State Trooper, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, center, exits the Georgia State Capitol building after hearing reports of threats, January 6, 2021, in Atlanta. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
Led by a Georgia State Trooper, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, center, exits the Georgia State Capitol building after hearing reports of threats, January 6, 2021, in Atlanta. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Georgia’s secretary of state and his staff have evacuated their offices at the state Capitol as armed protesters gather outside.

Gabriel Sterling, a top elections official, says that it was an internal decision made by Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to have his team leave.

“We saw stuff happening at the Georgia Capitol and said we should not be around here, we should not be a spark,” Sterling tells The Associated Press.

About 100 protesters gather at the state Capitol in Atlanta to protest President Donald Trump’s election loss. Some are armed with long guns.

Trump has focused much of his ire on Raffensperger in the weeks following his loss to Democrat Joe Biden in Georgia by about 12,000 votes.

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