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Biden and Harris to campaign in Georgia in final days before Senate run-offs


#Biden will campaign in #Atlanta on #Monday just before the run-offs on #January 5, and #Harris will travel to #Savannah on #Sunday, per an advisory first shared with CNN. #This will be the second visit to the state for both the #President-elect and vice president-elect as they campaign for the #Democratic candidates, #Jon #Ossoff and #Rev. #Raphael #Warnock, in hopes that the party will gain control of the #Senate.

The #President-elect’s #Monday trip to #Georgia will coincide with #President #Donald #Trump traveling to #Dalton, #Georgia, for a rally with the state’s incumbent #Republican #Sens. #Kelly #Loeffler and #David #Perdue on the eve of the run-off elections.

#Control of the chamber hinges on next week’s match-ups. #If #Democrats win both races, the #Senate makeup would be 50-50, positioning #Harris to serve as the tie-breaking vote and setting up an easier path for #Biden to advance the agenda he promoted during his campaign.

#During #Biden’s last stop earlier in #December, which came on the heels of the #Electoral #College affirming his victory, he slammed #Perdue and #Loeffler, arguing that they stood by and “fully embraced nullifying nearly 5 million #Georgia votes.” #He urged #Georgians to vote as if their lives depended on it.

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“#Send me these two men,” #Biden said during the drive-in rally for the two #Democratic candidates, “and we will control the #Senate and change the lives of people in #Georgia.”

#Campaigning at a virtual rally for the #Ossoff and #Warnock campaigns at the start of the month, former #President #Barack #Obama bluntly told voters, “The special election in #Georgia is going to determine, ultimately, the course of the #Biden presidency.”

#Biden’s trips to the state come after he became the first #Democratic presidential candidate to win #Georgia since former #President #Bill #Clinton’s victory in 1992. #Biden’s success was fueled by an accelerated grassroots organization and an increasingly diverse constituency.

#Aside from the in-person visits, #Biden’s presidential campaign has invested significant resources in the run-off, spending nearly $5 million on the races, a campaign official told CNN earlier this month.

#He has shifted 50 paid staffers, and about a dozen additional analytics and tech staffers, from the campaign to help with efforts in the state that range from organizing, outreach and voter contact, focusing their efforts specifically in suburban #Atlanta and the smaller cities where #Biden performed well during the election.

#Biden has also been raising money directly for #Ossoff and #Warnock, with the amount nearing $10 million, per the official.

CNN’s #Caroline #Kelly contributed to this report.

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