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Georgia state Rep. Bee Nguyen speaking during a rally in Atlanta in March. Photo: Nicole Craine/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Democratic state Rep. Bee Nguyen, the daughter of Vietnamese refugees, announced Tuesday she will run for Georgia secretary of state in 2022 to counter Republican efforts to restrict access to voting.

Why it matters: Nguyen may face embattled Republican incumbent Brad Raffensperger, who is being challenged by multiple fellow Republicans who believe he did not do enough to defend former President Trump during the 2020 election.

What she's saying: “Republicans have done everything in their power to silence the voices of voters who chose an America that works for all of us, and not just some of us,” she said in her announcement.

  • “But we will not allow anyone to stand in the way of our right to a free and fair democracy.”

The big picture: Trump has repeatedly criticized Raffensperger for refusing to overturn the state's 2020 election results and has endorsed one of the state secretary's primary challengers, Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.).

  • Nguyen told the New York Times this week that Raffensperger deserves credit for standing up to Trump and rejecting his false claims of voter fraud after the election.
  • However, she criticized Raffensperger for advocating for Georgia's new voting rights law and for continuing to support Trump.
  • Nguyen is the first state Democrat to announce for secretary of state and the fifth Democrat in Georgia's House to launch a bid for a statewide office in 2022, according to AP.

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Rep. Charlie Crist likely to launch campaign for Florida governor

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) announces that he will run for governor as a Democrat on Nov. 4, 2013 at Albert Whitted Park. Photo: Edward Linsmier/Getty Images

Charlie Crist is making a "major announcement" Tuesday morning in St. Pete, and odds are strong that he'll tell us he plans to be the first Democrat to officially step up to challenge Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2022.

Driving the news: Crist formed a political committee named "Friends of Charlie Crist," which would allow him to start raising money for a 2022 state-level election, Florida Politics reports.

Liz Cheney refuses to back down on Trump criticism

Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the No. 3 Republican on the House, tweeted Monday that anyone promoting "THE BIG LIE" that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump is "turning their back on the rule of law" and "poisoning our democratic system."

Why it matters: Top Republicans are now openly suggesting that Cheney could be removed from her leadership position because of her criticism of Trump, who remains the most popular figure in the GOP. Cheney was one of ten House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

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Death toll mounts as fighting between Israel and Hamas intensifies

Palestinian Muslims exchange wishes for Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, near a razed building in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia, on May 13. Photo: Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

At least 109 Palestinians and seven people in Israel have been killed since recent fighting between Israel's military and Hamas began Monday.

The big picture: Israel began massing troops on its border with Gaza on Thursday, launching attacks from the air and ground as Hamas continued to fire rockets into Israel.

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