Georgia: We all pay attention to the state before the Trump meeting and the Senate debate

Both sides are desperately trying to motivate their party before Monday’s deadline, and early voting will begin on December 14th. Former President Barack Obama and former State House minority leader Stacey Abrams held a virtual event on Friday for Democratic Senate challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. Vice President Mike Pence gathered for Republicans.

The crazy rush follows President Donald Trump’s Saturday rally, at which David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are elected and defending the party’s leadership in the chamber. Then on Sunday, Loeffler and Warnock will take part in a debate hosted by the Atlanta Press Club.

It focuses on Georgia when the state is devastated by the coronavirus epidemic. On Friday, he reported the most cases in a single day – 5023 – and the Georgia-Vanderbilt football match was postponed in part because of Covid-19.

Trump faces the task of motivating his own supporters to vote for the two Republican senators after falsely condemning his election as spoiled, undermining their faith in the election process. Since Joe Biden’s election in Georgia, Trump has attacked the state’s top Republican officials, including Governor Brian Kemp and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Kemp confirmed the outcome of Biden’s victory, while Raffensperger firmly defended the state’s election integrity.
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The president’s continued refusal is a cause for concern for Republicans who are determined to prevent democratic control of the Senate. A group of prominent Georgian Republicans, including former Governor Nathan Deal and former Governor Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, issued a statement this week calling on the party to unite and turn its attention to the election of Loeffler and Perdue.

Ronna McDaniel, chairman of the Republican National Committee, on Saturday dismissed concerns that Trump’s messages on electoral integrity could deter Georgian Republicans from voting on January 5th.

“I think the electorate is very supportive of the president. I think they are worried about the state and the conduct of the election,” he told Fox News, adding: “However, they want to be sure to keep David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler and they can balance both.

There is little evidence that Trump will stop his ongoing attacks on the democratic process and election officials.

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In recent weeks, Trump has publicly called Raffensperger a “people’s enemy,” and according to two sources, Kempet has been called “debil” and “nut work.” In a recent phone call, the president also asked why Loeffler, who was running in the 20-person by-election, did not get a majority of the vote on election day against Warnock, who received more votes.
After no Senate candidate received 50% of the vote in November, the contests ended in particularly ugly course. Democrats have accused Perdue and Loeffler of profiting from the epidemic, saying their multi-million dollar stock trading has attracted attention – though not accusations – from the Justice Department. Meanwhile, Republican senators said they were acquitted during the investigations and called Socialists Ossoff and Warnock, who are destroying America. Democrats have rejected these attacks as false fears.

Pence said Friday that Republicans must elect Perdue and Loeffler to defend the Trump administration’s achievements over the past four years.

“We need to send them back because the majority of the Republican Senate can be the last line of defense, preserving everything we have done to protect this nation, revitalize our economy, and preserve the freedoms we have received from God. Savannah.

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While Biden won Georgia poorly – it was the first time Bill Clinton was the Democratic presidential candidate in 1992 – Republicans have a number of advantages in both races. The state has not sent a Democrat to the Senate for 20 years. Last month, Perdue received tens of thousands more votes than Ossoff. And Republicans spend about $ 38 million more on advertising than Democrats, according to Kantar Media / CMAG.

But Democrats hope the fight within the Republican Party, the voter registration of Abrams and others, and the rapidly diversifying suburb of the state will fuel their victory and turn the Senate over.

“Georgia’s special elections will ultimately determine the course of the Biden presidency,” Obama said at a virtual event on Friday.

We’ve updated this story with more details.

CNN Kaitlan Collins, Jeremy Diamond, Jason Hoffman and Liz Turrell contributed to this report.