All eyes are on Georgia ahead of Trump's rally and Senate debate

The eyes of the political universe will turn to Georgia this weekend, as the voter registration deadline for January’s Senaat se afloop benaderings.

Each side is desperately trying to motivate their party before the Monday deadline and early voting begins on December 14. Former President Barack Obama and former state House minority leader Stacey Abrams held a virtual event for Democratic Senate challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock on Friday, while Vice President Mike Pence rallied for the Republicans.
Next in the frenzied rush is President Donald Trump’s own rally on Saturday to elect Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler and protect the party’s control of the chamber. Then on Sunday, Loeffler and Warnock will participate in a debate hosted by the Atlanta Press Club.
The focus on Georgia comes as the state is ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic. It reported its highest number of cases in a single day on Friday — 5,023 — and saw the postponement of the Georgia-Vanderbilt football game partially because of Covid-19.
    Trump is faced with the task of motivating his own supporters to vote for the two Republican senators after he undermined their faith in the electoral process by falsely decrying that his election was rigged. Since his loss in Georgia to President-elect Joe Biden, Trump has attacked top Republican officials in the state, including Gov. Brian Kemp and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Kemp certified the results of Biden’s victory, while Raffensperger has vociferously defended the state’s election integrity.
    The President’s continued refusal to concede has worried Republicans determined to prevent Democratic control of the Senate. A group of prominent Georgia Republicans, including former Gov. Nathan Deal and former Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, released a statement this week urging the party to unify, and shift its attention to electing Loeffler and Perdue.
    But there is little evidence that Trump will stop his unceasing attacks on the democratic process and the state officials in charge of the election.
    In the past few weeks, Trump publicly called Raffensperger anenemy of the peopleand privately called Kemp amoron” en “nut job,” according to two sources. The President also asked in a recent phone call why Loeffler, who ran in a 20-person special election, did not secure a majority of votes on Election Day against Warnock, who received a plurality of the votes.
    After no Senate candidate received 50% van die stemming in November, the races turned to particularly nasty runoffs. Democrats have charged that Perdue and Loeffler profited off the pandemic, saying their multi-million dollar stock trades drew the attentionalthough no chargesfrom the Justice Department. Intussen, the Republican senators have said they were cleared during the investigations, and have geroep Ossoff and Warnock socialists who will destroy America. Democrats have rejected those attacks as false fear-mongering.
    Pence said on Friday that Republicans need to elect Perdue and Loeffler to defend the Trump administration’s accomplishments over the past four years.
    We need to send them back because the Republican Senate majority could be the last line of defense preserving all that we’ve done to defend this nation, revive our economy, and preserve the god given liberties we hold dear,” said Pence in Savannah.
    While Biden narrowly won Georgiathe first time for a Democratic presidential nominee since Bill Clinton in 1992 — Republicans have a number of advantages in the two races. The state has not sent a Democrat to the Senate in 20 jare. Verlede maand, Perdue received tens of thousands of more votes than Ossoff. And Republicans are spending about $ 38 million more on ads than the Democrats, according to Kantar Media/CMAG data.
      But Democrats are hopeful that the Republican intra-party fight, voter registration drives by Abrams and others and the state’s rapidly diversifying suburbs will fuel their victories and flip the Senate.
      The special election in Georgia is going to determine, uiteindelik, the course of the Biden presidency,” said Obama at the virtual event on Friday.




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