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Georgia voters flood polls ahead of crucial Senate contests


#More than 2.5 million voters have cast ballots during the early voting period for #Georgia’s high-stakes runoffs for two U.S. #Senate seats, shattering records as both #Democrats and #Republicans mount unprecedented efforts to get their supporters to the polls.

The twin contests between #Sen. #David #Perdue#David #PerduePush for ,000 stimulus checks hits #Senate buzzsaw 2.3 million people have voted in #Georgia’s #Senate runoffs with week to go #Intercept’s DC bureau chief: #McConnell was ‘quite fine’ with #Trump losing reelection MORE (R) and investigative journalist #Jon #Ossoff (D) and #Sen. #Kelly #Loeffler#Kelly #LoefflerPush for ,000 stimulus checks hits #Senate buzzsaw 2.3 million people have voted in #Georgia’s #Senate runoffs with week to go #Intercept’s DC bureau chief: #McConnell was ‘quite fine’ with #Trump losing reelection MORE (R) and the #Rev. #Raphael #Warnock (D) will determine which party controls the #Senate, and they’ve drawn hundreds of millions in campaign contributions and outside spending.

#Underscoring just how narrowly divided the state is, the vast majority of that money has been spent trying to mobilize voters, rather than persuading the undecided.

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“It’s a base turnout election. #Both of these candidates in both of these races have enough votes to win. #It’s about which candidate can turn out their base on #Jan. 5,” said #Chip #Lake, a veteran #Republican strategist who worked for #Loeffler’s opponent, #Rep. #Doug #Collins#Douglas (#Doug) #Allen #CollinsGeorgia governor waves off #Trump’s calls to primary him #Pro-choice pastors like #Raphael #Warnock have the #Bible, history on their side #With #Senate at stake, #Georgia is on all our minds MORE (R), in the #November general election.

The #Republican campaigns and their outside allies have deployed about 1,000 staffers to knock on doors and turn out votes. #Democrats declined to detail their field teams, but in one measure of just how large the effort is, #Ossoff’s campaign employed a 30-person unit solely dedicated to registering new voters.

#Both #President #Trump#Donald #TrumpGeorgia signature audit finds no fraud in presidential election #Pompeo calls for release of #Chinese journalist jailed over coronavirus coverage #Pence refused to sign on to plan to overturn election, lawyers say MORE and #President-elect #Joe #Biden#Joe #BidenGeorgia signature audit finds no fraud in presidential election #Pence refused to sign on to plan to overturn election, lawyers say #New #Lincoln #Project ad shows #Trump border wall built from tombstones of COVID-19 victims MORE will campaign in the state #Monday ahead of #Tuesday’s election. #Vice #President #Pence has made several trips on behalf of the GOP candidates, and #Vice #President-elect #Kamala #Harris#Kamala #HarrisBiden praises #Christie for mask-wearing 2.3 million people have voted in #Georgia’s #Senate runoffs with week to go GOP #Georgia senators throw support behind ,000 stimulus checks MORE will make her second trip on #Sunday when she visits #Savannah.

#Public polling and internal #Democratic and #Republican surveys all indicate both races will be decided by slim margins. #Early vote data compiled by the secretary of state’s office shows the contests are set to shatter previous turnout records for runoffs, which tend to draw far fewer voters than a general election.

#Typically, #Democrats struggle to drive #Black voters to the polls in runoff elections. #This year, #Black voters make up about 33 recent of the electorate so far — 3 points higher than their share at this point in the #November general election.

#White voters without a college degree, a group that typically favors #Republicans, represent about 35.6 percent of the electorate, down 2 points from their share at this point before #November’s contests.

#Almost 90,000 voters who did not participate in the #November election have already cast ballots for the runoffs, according to #TargetSmart #Consulting, a #Democratic data analytics firm. #And about 75,000 people have registered to vote in the weeks after #Biden narrowly carried #Georgia’s electoral votes.

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#Democrats cautioned against reading too much into early vote totals, especially with just a few days to go. #Republican voters have traditionally dominated the final days of early voting, #Georgia experts say. #And #Republicans are likely to win among voters who cast ballots on #Election #Day itself.

#Both #Ossoff and #Warnock and #Perdue and #Loeffler are running what amount to joint campaigns, a recognition that one party is likely to sweep both seats. #And both campaigns are looking beyond their traditional comfort zones, a sign of #Georgia’s changing political geography.

#Democrats are hunting for votes in smaller rural areas, especially in majority-Black rural counties across the southern half of the state. #Republicans are courting the thousands of voters in the #Atlanta suburbs who voted for #Perdue but who did not vote for #Trump.

“Traditionally, #Democrats have relied heavily on metro #Atlanta,” said #Jasmine #Clark, a #Democratic state representative who holds a district in suburban #Gwinnett #County. “They have also realized that there are #Democrats in these rural areas. #For so long, they’ve been ignored, and now it’s time to go out into those communities as well.”

#Both #Democrats and #Republicans fear a drop-off in enthusiasm in which voters inundated by television advertising decide to simply skip the race.

There is some evidence that #Ossoff and #Warnock have room for improvement among voters who favored #Biden over #Trump. #Biden attracted 99,000 more votes than did #Ossoff, and about 95,000 more votes than the eight #Democrats led by #Warnock who ran in the all-party special election for #Loeffler’s seat.

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There is also a fear among #Republicans that an ongoing feud between #Trump and #Gov. #Brian #Kemp#Brian #KempGeorgia signature audit finds no fraud in presidential election #Georgia governor waves off #Trump’s calls to primary him #Republicans desperate to avoid floor fight over #Electoral #College vote MORE (R) may depress turnout. #Trump, who on #Wednesday called on #Kemp to resign, earned more votes than #Perdue in 127 of #Georgia’s 159 counties. #Perdue ran well ahead of #Trump in #Fulton, #Cobb and #DeKalb counties, all of which include and surround #Atlanta.

“The biggest concern that #Republicans have is that no state out of 50 produced a closer election for president than did #Georgia, and because of that dynamic there has been a lot of activity and discussion concerning voter fraud, concerning court cases, concerning fighting for our president,” #Lake said. “Trump, like him or hate him, he has always been successful at base turnout.”

#History argues that #Democrats face the bigger deficits to overcome. #Republicans have won seven of eight statewide runoff elections in recent years, and the only #Democrat to pull off a win, #Lauren “Bubba” #McDonald, is now a #Republican member of the #Public #Service #Commission, running for reelection in a race that will also be decided #Tuesday.

#No #Democrat has won a #Senate race in a #Deep #South state since #Bill #Nelson#Clarence (#Bill) #William #NelsonThe #Hill’s #Morning #Report – #Fearing defeat, #Trump claims ‘illegal’ ballots The #Hill’s #Morning #Report – #Biden inches closer to victory #Senate #Democrats want to avoid #Kavanaugh 2.0 MORE won reelection in #Florida in 2012, and #Georgia has not elected a #Democratic senator since #Zell #Miller won election to fill the remainder of the late #Sen. #Paul #Coverdell’s (R) seat in 2000.

#But the changing face of #Georgia’s electorate has given #Democrats the hope that they can put together a winning coalition of nonwhites, suburban college-educated white voters in the #Atlanta metro area and new voters who have registered in just the last few weeks.

“There’s so much on the ballot to draw out #Democrats,” #Clark said. “The momentum is in our favor, and for once we can all be on the same page while the #Republicans are at each other’s throats.”





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