This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

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

Elections official Gabriel Sterling says it was an internal decision made by Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to have his team leave Wednesday.

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

About 100 protesters had gathered at the state Capitol in Atlanta to protest President Donald Trump’s election loss. Some were 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.