Republicans have Georgia on their minds, but there is no sweet song for what is coming over the next six weeks.
The GOP is digging in for a battle to hold onto Senate control with two Jan. 5 Georgia senatorial runoff elections that the party sees as a “firewall” after President-elect Joe Biden’s apparent Presidential election victory.
Republicans are pouring their voices and dollars into support for Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and Dave Perdue’s re-election bids against Democratic challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, respectively.
Democratic victories in both runoffs would even the Senate at 50-50, giving Vice President-elect Kamala Harris the tiebreaker for any votes that run along party lines.
“We are the last line of defense,” Perdue told Fox & Friends. “These two seats here will determine the majority in the Senate. Because of that, we’re going to deny (Sen. Chuck) Schumer that majority, protect everything that President Trump has accomplished in the last four years, and make sure that the people of Georgia know that.”
CNBC reported that Republicans are planning to spend more than $100 million on the runoff elections with a 50-state operation called Georgia Battleground Fund.
“We have a battle on our hands right now, folks,” Loeffler said at a campaign event earlier this month. “It’s going to be a long one. We are the firewall. Not just for the Senate, but the future of our country.”
Those efforts are fighting a movement from within the party. Many voters are turning the voter fraud claims against Loeffler and Perdue and pushing others to boycott the election.
“I’m seeing a lot of talk from people that are supposed to be on our side telling GOP voters not to go out & vote for @KLoeffler and @Perduesenate,” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted. “That is NONSENSE. IGNORE these people.”
Donald Jr.’s father said he plans to go to Georgia to help Loeffler and Perdue. Buckle up.