State visits highlight the urgency of two races that will form the political environment for the first few years of the administration of the President-elect
On the eve of two runoff elections in Georgia, Donald Trump and Joe Biden will duke it out to determine control of the Senate while the president continues his increasingly brazen effort to reverse the 2020 election outcome. During the early voting era that ended Thursday, three million Georgia voters cast ballots – a milestone for runoff elections in the state. As voters spent the last few weeks bombarded by campaign advertising and outreach to vote them in Tuesday’s elections, tens of millions of dollars have poured into the state. Democrats ask the FBI to investigate Trump’s Georgia phone callRead moreIf Democrats win both seats – no simple feat – the Senate will be evenly divided, with Kamala Harris, the vice presidential nominee, acting as the tie-breaking vote.
If Republicans win at least one of the elections, Mitch McConnell will remain the leader of the Senate majority, making it even more difficult for the president-elect to discuss core policy goals such as health care, taxation and environment. The state visits of Biden and Trump on Monday demonstrate the importance – and stakes – of the two races that will change the political landscape in the first years of the new administration Biden was the first presidential Democratic nominee to win in Georgia in nearly three decades. In the Atlanta suburbs, shifting demographics and a political realignment have turned this once overwhelmingly Republican southern state into a presidential election battleground.
Multiple recounts confirmed the 11,779-vote win of Biden in Georgia, but that has not prevented Trump from continuing to amplify misleading statements about the electoral process of the state and its outcome. On Saturday, Trump implored him to “find 11,780 votes” in an hour-long phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger – just enough to reverse his defeat in the presidential election of the state. The debate, a record of which was first reported by The Washington Post, might further damage Republicans, who were already worried that Trump’s focus on his electoral defeat could weaken turnout among his supporters based on false claims and debunked conspiracy theories regarding voter fraud. The races also drawn firepower from some of the biggest names in American political politics.
Barack Obama spoke an ad for Jon Ossoff in addition to Trump and Biden, while Michelle Obama recorded a message for the two Democratic candidates, Rev Raphael Warnock. On Monday, Mike Pence was in Milner, Georgia, on behalf of Republican candidates David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler to campaign. In order to defend the conservative wins Trump has secured over the past four years, the vice president urged voters at Rock Springs church to go to the polls Tuesday. “We need Georgia to defend the majority,” he said. On another day, we need people of faith to stand with two leaders who will help every American’s life, liberty and freedom.
“We need Georgia to win another day and America to be saved. “The visit from Pence came a day after Harris held a drive-in rally in Savannah with Democratic candidates Ossoff and Warnock.
In her remarks, Harris criticized Trump for his call to the Secretary of State of Georgia, calling it a “outrageous, brazen abuse of power” and “most certainly the voice of desperation. ” Loeffler is scheduled to appear with Trump at his rally in Dalton on Monday night, a predominantly Republican area in northern Georgia that has seen relatively low turnout during the early voting season. Perdue, who is in quarantine after the coronavirus was revealed to a staffer, told Fox News that he will practically attend the rally on Monday. Since the November election, Trump has continued his sustained assault on the Republican representatives of Georgia, whom he has accused of ignoring cases of voter fraud without evidence. Raffensperger, a Republican who has defied immense pressure from the president and Republican leaders to undermine the election outcome, has been targeted repeatedly.
And last month, Trump called Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp a “fool” and said he should resign. At the very moment when it profits from unity, Trump’s attacks have further split the party.