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Join the discussion: In the wake of Trump’s lies, a brain drain of local election experience in Georgia

American flags flew in the wind over a barbed wire fence.Eve Edelheit/The New York Times

MACON, Ga. — Desperate to hold on to power, Donald Trump gripped the lectern bearing the presidential seal and prepared to deliver another election lie.

He had helicoptered to Dalton, Ga., to hold a rally for Republican candidates on the eve of the state’s Jan. 5, 2021, Senate runoff election. But Trump spent much of his nearly 90-minute speech spreading false allegations about fraud in the presidential election he had lost two months earlier.

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