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Biden, Harris going back to Georgia before Senate runoffs


#Warnock, the senior pastor at #Atlanta’s historic #Ebenezer #Baptist #Church, is challenging appointed #Republican #Sen. #Kelly #Loeffler in the race to finish out the final two years of former #Republican #Sen. #Johnny #Isakson’s term. #Warnock and #Loeffler were the top two vote-getters in the 21-person all-party special election for #Loeffler’s seat in #November.

The pair of high-profile runoff races will have huge consequences for #Biden’s incoming administration. #If both #Ossoff and #Warnock prevail, control of the #Senate will be split 50-50 between #Democrats and #Republicans, with #Harris casting tie-breaking votes on legislation critical to the president-elect’s agenda.

#Biden and #Harris have each visited the state once since the #Nov. 3 general election: #Biden campaigned in #Atlanta on #Dec. 15, and #Harris was in #Columbus, #Ga. — on the state’s western border with #Alabama — on #Dec. 21 to stump for #Ossoff and #Warnock.

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The news of #Biden’s and #Harris’ upcoming visits to the state come after #President #Donald #Trump announced on #Twitter earlier this month that he would stage a “big #Rally” in #Dalton, #Ga., on behalf of #Perdue and #Loeffler on #Jan. 4.

#So far, more than 2.3 million people have voted in the two races through mail-in ballots or in-person early voting, already surpassing the record for the most votes cast in a #Georgia runoff election.

The early vote numbers show positive signs for #Ossoff and #Warnock, with #Black voters making up a larger percentage of the electorate compared with #November’s election and higher early turnout in #Democratic congressional districts. #So far, early-vote turnout has fallen short in #Republican congressional districts.

#Further complicating #Loeffler’s and #Perdue’s paths to victory are #Trump’s continued attacks on #Republican state officials, including #Gov. #Brian #Kemp and #Secretary of #State #Brad #Raffensperger, who have denied the president’s baseless claims of widespread voter fraud after #Biden triumphed in #Georgia last month.

#Trump caused more headaches for #Senate #Republicans last week when he demanded that #Congress increase the amount of direct payments to individual #Americans from $600 to $2,000 in the latest coronavirus relief package, which he nevertheless ended up signing over the weekend.

#Loeffler and #Perdue were quick to line up behind #Trump’s demand for $2,000 stimulus checks, with #Perdue saying on #Wednesday that he was “in full support” of the new figure and calling it the “the right thing to do.”

#Perdue also denied that the president’s criticisms of #Kemp and #Raffensperger were making his reelection bid more difficult. #Trump is merely “exercising his right” by questioning the legitimacy of the #November election, #Perdue said, and while “we know there’s some questions” about that contest, “we’re telling people, if you’re upset about #November, get out and vote.”

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#Apart from #Trump’s trip to #Georgia next week, #Perdue previewed another potential visit by #Vice #President #Mike #Pence on #Sunday, and said members of the first family would also be hitting the campaign trail ahead of the #Tuesday election. “It’s all hands on deck here,” he told #Fox #News.

#Ossoff, meanwhile, accused #Perdue on #Wednesday of having “flipped his position” on stimulus checks “at the very last minute.”

“He doesn’t mean any of this,” #Ossoff told MSNBC. “He’s just another dime-a-dozen politician who will say whatever he has to say when an election arrives to try to win reelection.”

#If #Perdue were serious about his support for the direct payments, #Ossoff added, “he’d be on the floor of the #United #States #Senate demanding that [Senate Majority Leader] #Mitch #McConnell put up the #House bill — a clean $2,000 check authorization — for an up-or-down vote.”

The #House voted overwhelmingly on #Monday to approve $2,000 stimulus checks. #But while #McConnell has also introduced a bill that would increase the payments, his legislation includes controversial measures pushed by the president that would repeal legal protections for social media companies and establish an election fraud commission.





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