Each party is desperately trying to motivate their party in front Monday expires and early voting begins Dec. 14. Former President Barack Obama and former State House minority leader Stacey Abrams on Friday hosted a virtual event for Democratic Senate challengers Joan Ossaf and Rafael Warnock, while Vice President Mike Pence rallied for Republicans.
President Donald Trump was at his own rally on Saturday to elect Sense. Defend David Perdue and Kelly Loughfler and party chamber control. Then on Sunday, Loughfler and Warnock will take part in a discussion hosted by the Atlanta Press Club.
The focus is on Georgia Corona virus pandemic. It recorded the highest number of cases in a single day on Friday – 5,023 – and the Georgia-Vanderbilt football game was partially postponed due to Kovid-19.
Trump is facing this task Motivating his own supporters to vote for two Republican senators after weakening their confidence in the election process by mistakenly deciding that his election was tough. Since his defeat in Georgia with President-elect Joe Biden, Trump has been attacking top Republican officials in the state, including Governor Brian Kemp and Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Kemp confirmed Biden’s victory results, while Rafenzberger strongly defended the integrity of the state election.
Trump called Kemp on Saturday And according to a source familiar with the conversation, an attempt was made to pressure the governor to persuade state legislators to manipulate Biden’s victory in Georgia. He asked the Republican governor to order an audit of absent ballot signatures.
Kemp explained that he did not have this authority and denied the request.
The president has consistently denied that Republicans are determined to block the Senate’s Democratic control. A group of prominent Georgian Republicans, including former government Nathan Deal and former Sensei Johnny Isaacson and Saxe Chamblis, released a statement this week urging them to unite the party and focus on electing Loughfler and Perdue.
Republican National Committee chairwoman Rona McDaniel on Saturday dismissed concerns that sending a Trump message on electoral integrity could prevent Georgia Republicans from voting on Jan. 5.
“I think voters are very supportive of the president, they care about the state and I think they’ve handled the election,” she told Fox News.
There is little evidence that Trump will stop his continued attacks on the democratic process and the state officials responsible for the election.
Over the past few weeks, Trump has publicly called himself Rafensperger “Enemy of the People” And according to two sources, Kemp is privately known as “Moran” and “Nut Job”. On Saturday – just hours before his visit to Peach State – Trump again attacked two top Georgian officials on Twitter, calling for an audit of signatures on ballot envelopes not in the state. False or misleading arguments About the potential process.
Lofler, who ran in 20 special elections, was asked by the president in a recent phone call why he did not get a majority of votes on election day.
With 50% of the vote for the Senate candidate in November, the races have become particularly vicious runoffs. The Democrats allege that Perdue and Lofler benefited from the epidemic, with their multi-million dollar stock transactions attracting attention – despite no allegations – from the Justice Department. Meanwhile, Republican senators said they were cleared and contained during the investigation That Osaf and Warnock are socialists who are destroying America. Democrats have dismissed those attacks as false intimidation.
Pence said Friday that Republicans need to elect Perdue and Loflers to sustain the achievements of the Trump administration over the past four years.
“We need to send them back, because the Republican Senate majority may be the last defense to protect everything we have done to protect this country, to restore our economy, and to preserve the God-given freedom,” Pence said of Savannah.
Biden narrowly defeated Georgia to become the next Democratic presidential nominee after Bill Clinton in 1992 – Republicans had several advantages in both races. The state has not sent a Democrat to the Senate in 20 years. Last month, Perdue received tens of thousands more votes than Osaf. According to Cantor Media / CMAG data, Republicans spend about $ 38 million more on advertising than Democrats.
But Democrats are hopeful he is a Republican The struggle of the parties, Voter registration drives made by Abrams et al., And the rapidly diversified suburbs of the state will fuel their success and overturn the Senate.
“The special election in Georgia is finally going to determine Biden’s presidency,” Obama said at a virtual event on Friday.
This article has been updated with additional reporting.
CNN’s Caitlan Collins, Jeremy Diamond, Jason Hoffman, Liz Turrell and Kristen Holmes contributed to the report.