Analysis: How this Republican became the most hated man in his party
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A week ago almost no one outside of Georgia had ever heard the name Brad Raffensperger. Today? He's the most hated man in Republican politics.

Raffensperger is the secretary of state in Georgia, and as such, is in charge of the state's election. Which means that he is the lightning rod for President Donald Trump's ire about losing the state and ongoing pressure campaign to find a way to make sure that the full manual recount, which Raffensperger ordered last week , overturns the current result.

"Georgia Secretary of State, a so-called Republican (RINO), won't let the people checking the ballots see the signatures for fraud," tweeted Trump on Friday . "Why? Without this the whole process is very unfair and close to meaningless. Everyone knows that we won the state. Where is @BrianKempGA?" (Trump has sent seven subsequent tweets attacking the Georgia recount process since that Friday tweet.)

Georgia Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler called on Raffensperger to resign last week -- although they failed to mention exactly what he had done wrong. "Georgians are outraged, and rightly so. We have been clear from the beginning: every legal vote cast should be counted. Any illegal vote must not. And there must be transparency and uniformity in the counting process," the two said in a joint statement.

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And, as Raffenspgerger recounted to CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Monday , he was on the receiving end of a call from Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham that he perceived as pressuring him to disqualify ballots.

"He asked if the ballots could be…
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