The president’s assertion did not surprise any voters, but expressed concern about how it would impact the campaign.
Donald Trump’s explosive admission that Georgia’s election officials are pressing to undo the election outcome is further electrifying voters in Georgia’s two U.S. elections. In the call, made public by The Washington Post on Sunday, Trump urged Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, to “find 11,780 votes” to reverse Trump’s defeat there. Senate seats in Tuesday’s runoff that will decide which party governs the upper chamber of Congress. Trump implied he and his aides could commit a crime when Raffensperger declined. ‘One state should chart the course’: Biden rallies in Georgia on the eve of Senate runoffsRead moreRev Raphael Warnock, the Democratic nominee for one of the seats, used the phone call to inspire supporters at an event on Monday. He hinted that if the race was tight, there would be legal fights and challenges. By a comfortable margin, we need to win.
And, you know, funny things are happening,’ he said at a drive-in event at Riverdale High School, 20 minutes south of Atlanta. Warnock spoke at the drive-in to about 100 fans, who danced in the warm weather to Motown hits and honked their horns profusely during his speech. Warnock also pointed out that Raffensperger had also been called by Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator from South Carolina, to press him on the election. “Both of them said exactly the same thing.
Can’t you find 11,000 votes? If there’s no back story, they wouldn’t say that.
If you listen, what they said was, “Don’t you know how we’re rolling?” he said. More than three million voters in Georgia have already cast their votes early, a record amount for a runoff election.
The turnout is very high in Democratic-leaning regions, while Republican voters seem to be holding back, said Charles Bullock, a professor at the University of Georgia. Some voters said that they were not surprised by the decision – Trump spent most of 2020 calling the election rigged – but expressed concern about how it would impact the race. Rick Heson, 55, who filled almost the entire hood of his car with signs during the Warnock case, said, ” The Republicans are giving us more and more… It’s very hard to say it couldn’t have happened at a better time. Tyoniesha Plair, who stood next to her car with a Black Votes Matter while her 9-year-old son Derrick watched the sunroof, said, “I think it will have some impact, but [Trump’s] supporters are die-hards.” “I think it might discourage some Republicans [who think]‘They know the election was stolen, they’re going to steal this one,'” said Tyoniesha Plair, who stood next to her car with a Black Votes Matter while her nine-year-old son Derrick watched the sunroof. Cardisha Webb, 25, who has spent the past few weeks canvassing communities to tell voters how to cast their ballots, said she thought the call would inspire people to go to the polls because it crystallized the value of their vote. But Webb and several dozen other organizers left little to chance on the last full day before the election. Early that morning, about 100 canvassers gathered in an Atlanta church parking lot for their last full day of canvassing, many of whom had spent the last few weeks hitting the streets in the communities. Organized by the Stand Up Georgia organization, a non-profit advocating for voter engagement, their goal was to open just over 6,000 doors on Monday, increasing the total number of statewide voters to 100,000. The action is part of a broader effort sparked by the 2018 gubernatorial campaign of Stacey Abrams to involve new voters in the democratic process, especially voters of color.
It’s a trend that many believe that turning the state blue is important. A fleet of vans carrying the masked canvassers left the parking lot shortly after 9 a.m., munching on Dunkin’ coffee and Bojangles cookies with several of the canvassers inside.
Michael Thibodeaux, 71, was the driver and oldest member of the party and said he felt inspired when he saw Georgia voting for a Democrat in November. “It shows you that you don’t have to accept the status quo, that you can make a difference,” he said. It’s important that we take a stand and use what in the 50s and 60s and 60s we really campaigned for and marched for.