“We need the great state of Georgia to defend the majority,” Vice-President Pence said. “And the road to the Senate Republican majority goes straight through the state of Georgia.” While Pence stopped short of conceding the general election, which has been called by The Associated Press and other media outlets for Biden, Pence made a tacit acknowledgment that if Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff were victorious, the resulting 50-seat tie would be broken by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
The high stakes runoff election for two U.S. Senate seats that will decide which party controls the chamber. Incumbent Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are looking to bring in big GOP names for assistance in the GOP in control of the Senate.
In addition to Pence, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), a rising star in the Republican party who many people think will run for president in 2024, was also in Georgia. “Sometimes the Lord works in mysterious ways,” Cotton said. “He’s giving the people of Georgia the chance not just to vote for your senators … he’s giving you the opportunity and the honor to hold the line and make sure Republicans remain in charge in the U.S. Senate.”
Cotton made this statement On Thursday, as Loeffler and Perdue held a joint indoor rally in front of a smaller crowd of about 150 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Georgia. Last week, Loeffler and Perdue were joined by both GOP Florida senators in Marco Rubio and Rick Scott.
On both Thursday and Friday, Loeffler and Perdue both reiterated that Georgians would be responsible for what happens not only for the next four years but for generations.
“Georgia is on everyone’s mind,” Loeffler said at Thursday’s rally. “We are the firewall. It’s not just control of the U.S. Senate. It’s the future of our country. We are going to hold the line against socialism right here in Georgia.”
“Today we’re the last line of defense against this country making a change to the left that we won’t get to undo for maybe two, three, four, five generations,” Perdue said Friday.
The Republican senators spent little time attacking their Democratic opponents. Instead, Perdue and Loeffler took jabs at Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, calling them “radical” leaders of the Democratic party who want to push the country towards socialism.
“The idea of whether or not the election is secure or not will definitely have an effect into January,” Georgia Republican Assembly president Alexander Johnson told Yahoo News. “I think that it’s very important that for people to trust the system, they need to understand the system and know that legal votes will be counted.”
Here are some key dates for voters in Georgia to be aware of. The first day Registrars can mail Absentee ballots to voters for the federal runoff elections is November 18. December 7 is the last day to register to vote in the runoff elections. On December 14, early in-person voting begins for the runoff elections. And the official election day is January 5, 2021.
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