Californians prepare to descend on Georgia to fight for Democrats in Senate races

Californians prepare to descend on Georgia to fight for Democrats in Senate races

A host of 캘리포니아 residents and California-based political organizations are prepared to descend on 그루지야 to campaign for two Democratic 우리. 상원 candidates whose victory would have profound implications for the direction of the country.

그만큼 San Francisco Chronicle reports that Democrats in the Golden State have been hounding political organizers with questions about how they can travel to Georgia to volunteer for Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock.

Georgia Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate Raphael Warnock, 왼쪽, and Jon Ossoff, 권리, gesture toward a crowd during a campaign rally on Sunday, 11 월. 15, 2020, in Marietta, Ga.

Georgia Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate Raphael Warnock, 왼쪽, and Jon Ossoff, 권리, gesture toward a crowd during a campaign rally on Sunday, 11 월. 15, 2020, in Marietta, Ga. (AP)

Ossof is running against Republican Sen. David Perdue and Warnock is running against incumbent GOP Sen. 켈리 로플 러. Both races went to a Jan. 5 runoff election after no candidate won a majority in the 11 월 선거.

The current balance of power for the incoming Senate is 50 Republicans and 48 민주당. That means that Democrats must win both of Georgia’s runoff elections to make it a 50-50 상원, in which Vice President-elect 카말라 해리스 would be the tie-breaking vote, giving her party a razor-thin majority in the chamber.

The runoff election has fired up Democrats from out of state. 에 따르면 campaign finance data, 이상 83% of funds for Ossof’s campaign came from outside Georgia, as did nearly 80% of funds for Warnock’s fall campaign.

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Flip the West, a California-based organization “dedicated to harnessing grassroots power to help Democrats take back the U.S. 상원, has filled up more than 7,500 phone bank shifts for making calls to Georgia, according to the Chronicle. 추가로, 이상 16,000 volunteers have signed up to send postcards to Georgia voters reminding them to vote in the runoff election.

Ronnie Cohen, the organization’s executive director, told the outlet that the number of volunteers “is unprecedented for us.”

“Often you have to nudge people to phone bank. It just shows the passion people have for this," 그녀가 말했다.

Others are prepared to physically travel to Georgia. Manny Yekutiel, a political activist who owns a civic engagement space in San Francisco’s Mission District, said he has been bombarded with calls asking him: “When do I move to Georgia? Where can I stay? Should I get a block of hotel rooms?”

Among the most high-profile people who said they were moving to Georgia just to vote in the election is former Democratic Presidential nominee Andrew Yang.

“Great news #yanggang – Evenlyn and I are moving to Georgia to help @ossoff and @ReverendWarnock win!” Yang tweeted earlier this month. “This is our only chance to clear Mitch out of the way and help and Kamala get things done in the next 4 연령."

The vast number of people who said they were willing to move to Georgia just so they can vote in the runoff election has prompted state officials to push back on the idea.

가브리엘 스털링, Georgia’s voting system manager, cautioned during a press conference last week that doing so would violate state law.

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“In order to be able to register to vote in Georgia, you have to be a Georgia resident,”그는 말했다. “That means you have to believe you are staying in Georgia.”

Those who try to vote in Georgia while merely visiting the state may face felony charges punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $ 100,000 fine.”

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser and Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.

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