Hello @Sea-Ansley -- I see there are several misconceptions here, so let me attempt to clear them up:
It sounds like you're trying to pass Google Site Verification. The GA plugin does not handle this. When I wrote this plugin, site verification via GA wasn't even a thing, and doing so is a little more complicated because:
The tracking code is added asynchronously via the frontend. Therefore you will not see the tracking code when you "view-source", but it will be working.
If you need to have the tracking code load with the initial site HTML, I would disable the GA plugin and paste your GA tracking code into the "footer" widget area, as an HTML element. That would satisfy both issues and allow your site to be verified.