The Democrats vying for the Georgia Senate seats are going to get a last-minute push from President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. The Washington Post reports, “Harris plans to tout the two Democratic Senate candidates at an event in Savannah on Sunday, and Biden will appear in Atlanta on Monday, Biden’s campaign announced.” On the Republican side, Donald Trump is expected to hold a rally in Dalton, a heavily conservative city in Northwest Georgia. But there are questions about whether the rally will be focused on Republican senators, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler or be all about Trump once again airing his baseless election grievances. Late Tuesday, the current president tweeted:
I love the Great State of Georgia, but the people who run it, from the Governor, @BrianKempGA, to the Secretary of State, are a complete disaster and don’t have a clue, or worse. Nobody can be this stupid. Just allow us to find the crime, and turn the state Republican…other acts of fraud and irregularities as well. STAY TUNED!
As the Washington Post adds, “Trump’s tweets included a reference to a conspiracy theory involving the brother of Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R). As multiple fact-checkers have pointed out, Raffensperger doesn’t have a brother.”
Loeffler and Perdue are making sure to align themselves with Trump ahead of his visit. Just this week Loeffler remarked, “I’ve stood behind the president 100% of the time.” And as Politico points out on Tuesday “they backed President Donald Trump‘s call for $2,000 direct payments to Americans, while remaining coy about whether they would break from him over his recent veto of the National Defense Authorization Act.”
If David Perdue really wanted $2000 direct relief checks for the people, he'd be on the floor of the Senate demanding McConnell put up the House bill for a vote. pic.twitter.com/5lA9POLYcF
— Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) December 30, 2020
You could have gotten a $2,000 relief check this week, if @KLoeffler hadn't stalled relief for nine months.
— Reverend Raphael Warnock (@ReverendWarnock) December 29, 2020
Anyone who thinks THIS GOP controlled Senate is ever passing the $2000 COVID checks doesn't understand how McConnell works.
Perdue & Loeffler need the populist Trumpers to help their re-election. The others have 2024 ambitions. Mitch will never let it reach 60. Pure politics.
— Tara Setmayer (@TaraSetmayer) December 29, 2020
Whether this will help or hurt the Republicans remains to be seen, but we do know that early signs point to high voter turnout.
WOAH: ~174,000 Georgians voted in person yesterday— the most in this run-off cycle—bringing the total up to more than 2.5 million! #gapol
— Charles Bethea (@charlesbethea) December 30, 2020
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
Rather than dropping dramatically, early voting for the runoff is only about 20% lower than the early turnout at the same point before the general election, though missed days over Christmas and other key differences make a direct comparison difficult. Voters don’t register by party in Georgia, but experts who have been tracking early voting data say the high turnout, particularly among African American voters, and the continued engagement of younger voters is a good sign for the Democrats.
— Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) December 29, 2020
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