In the heart of Tallapoosa’s half-mile downtown, diners waited in front of two food trucks and talked about the upcoming Senate events on Jan. 5. But the conversation about next month’s election began with the November results.
“I honestly think Trump did it,” Ralph Horton said when asked who he thought won the election, even though there was no legitimate evidence to support that belief.
Horton is not alone – throughout Haralson County, his neighbors feed each other’s inaccurate theories.
“I think something shady has happened,” Cheryl Cantrell said of the election, making unsubstantiated allegations.
It is impossible for these shockers shocking Trump to get over the day in November with the constant misinformation of the president and others.
In Mark Clayton’s case, he’s not sure he wants to vote at all in a system that the president has repeatedly and incorrectly called a “fraudster”.
“I really don’t know. That is, I don’t know if that changes something or not, maybe not,” Clayton said. “I don’t know 100% what’s going on or how the votes are counted or whatever. It’s already confusing me to trust anything.”
But a lack of faith in the electoral system could become a Republican nightmare in the upcoming Senate proceedings – GOP voters who remain at home.
Republicans rely on an enthusiastic base like Haralson County to vote for Republican Sens Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in the runoff, driven by the president’s popularity.
In Haralson County, the president has increased his support by about 3,000 votes from four years ago – a trend in Georgia’s deep red counties. In the counties where Trump won by more than 10%, 276,622 voters supported him in 2020 compared to 2016.
But the president has spoken and tweeted several conspiracy theories and lies about voting machines and the electoral process, undermining the system that requires a GOP vote within weeks.
Trump has criticized Georgian Republican governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for their role in overseeing the state elections, which Trump lost by about 12,000 votes.
The state’s participation rate has increased among both Democrats and Republicans. But Biden’s victory was secured by the Atlanta subway area of nine counties, where he received 280,000 more votes than Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Trump’s unfounded demand puts senators in office on the January ballot paper in a politically difficult position, fighting for the circle’s liquidation over weeks of campaigning and public action.
“President Trump is very disappointed, I am very disappointed, and we will do everything we can to ensure that the anomalies uncovered in November do not happen in January, but it is illogical for any Republican to think, ‘Oh, I’m just sitting down and not voting,’ and I pass, as you say, the key to Democrats, ”Perdue told Fox News Thursday night.
There is great anxiety when Trump sets off for Georgia on Saturday night and demonstrates with Loeffler and Perdue in Valdosta. The campaigns for the two senators understand that Trump can kick out the Republican base like no one else, but he fears what will come out of his mouth while he’s in state.
Representative of the former Republican state of the Republic of Georgia, Buzz Brockway, dozens of his party are already telling him that they will not vote in January.
“He will come to Georgia,” Brockway said of the president’s visit.
“He will ask people to vote for Loeffler and Perdue. And then he will tell them that the election was falsified. Inviting the falsification of the election will undermine people’s faith in the results. Like it or not, it will cause people to there will be people who say I will not vote. “
If the president continues to tweet and talk about the system being unfair, Brockway says it hurts Republicans fighting control of the U.S. Senate.
“It absolutely hurts because he has very passionate followers who are frankly more committed to him than he is to the Republican Party,” Brockway said.
But even in Haralson County, some passionate followers follow that the event, which looks like a mixed message, will only draw Republicans to the urns in January.
Andy Gunther, a Republican who is running in Congress and losing the last term, says Trump will be more outraged at Saturday’s Valdosta meeting, the more enthusiasm there will be for Loeffler and Perdue.
“I think the electorate will get stronger,” Gunther said. It’s that we don’t take these things off while sitting. We will come back and vote. We’ll show you care. “