Loyalist who backed Trump's election lies expected to challenge Georgia secretary of state

Donald Trump is endorsing a loyalist to oust Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger after he refused to interfere in his re-election loss.

The twice-impeached one-term president has publicly railed against Raffensperger for rejecting his baseless election fraud claims, and now Trump is expected to back Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) in next year's GOP primary, three sources told Politico.

The 60-year-old Hice supported the ex-president's efforts to overturn the election and dismissed his impeachment over the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection as "bogus," while Raffensperger refused to succumb to pressure from Trump -- in public and in private phone calls later revealed in recordings -- to invalidate votes for Joe Biden.

Trump has also been trying to recruit a primary challenger for Gov. Brian Kemp, another Republican he accused of disloyalty for refusing to intervene in the vote count, and has encouraged former NFL star Herschel Walker to run for a Senate seat in the state.

Whoever wins the GOP primary for secretary of state will likely face a strong challenge from Democrats, who are highly motivated to win the office to preserve voting rights in a state where they're suddenly more competitive.