加利福尼亚人准备前往佐治亚州参加参议院竞选中的民主党

加利福尼亚人准备前往佐治亚州参加参议院竞选中的民主党

A host of 加利福尼亚州 residents and California-based political organizations are prepared to descend on 佐治亚州 to campaign for two Democratic 我们. 参议院 candidates whose victory would have profound implications for the direction of the country.

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. 拉斐尔·沃诺克.

美国佐治亚州民主党候选人. 参议院拉斐尔·沃诺克, 剩下, 和乔恩·奥索夫(Jon Ossoff), 对, 在周日的竞选集会上向人群示意, 十一月. 15, 2020, 在玛丽埃塔, 嘎.

美国佐治亚州民主党候选人. 参议院拉斐尔·沃诺克, 剩下, 和乔恩·奥索夫(Jon Ossoff), 对, 在周日的竞选集会上向人群示意, 十一月. 15, 2020, 在玛丽埃塔, 嘎. (美联社)

Ossof is running against Republican Sen. David Perdue and Warnock is running against incumbent GOP Sen. 凯莉·洛夫勒(Kelly Loeffler). Both races went to a Jan. 5 runoff election after no candidate won a majority in the 十一月大选.

The current balance of power for the incoming Senate is 50 共和党人和 48 民主党人. That means that Democrats must win both of Georgia’s runoff elections to make it a 50-50 参议院, in which Vice President-elect 卡马拉·哈里斯 would be the tie-breaking vote, 使她的政党在众议院中占多数.

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

主要的共和党人名字将帮助柏德, 罗夫勒在乔治亚州参议员竞选中大赚钱

Flip the West, a California-based organization “dedicated to harnessing grassroots power to help Democrats take back the U.S. 参议院, has filled up more than 7,500 phone bank shifts for making calls to Georgia, according to the Chronicle. 另外, 多于 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,“ 她说.

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 杨安德.

“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 years.”

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.

Gabriel Sterling, 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,“ 他说. “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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