Trump Will Return to Georgia to Campaign for GOP Senate Candidates

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Trump said he would return to Georgia to attend a rally for two Republican candidates on the eve of a runoff election next month. The runoff election in Georgia has been in the spotlight as it will decide which party will control the chamber.

The election on January 5 will be a match against incumbents Senator David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler and Jon Ossoff, and the Rev. Raphael Warnock, respectively. 

In case Ossoff and Warnock win the election, there will be a tie of 50-50, and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be set to cast the tie-breaking vote. The runoff election happened after none of the candidates reached the required 50% vote in the November 2020 election. 

Last Saturday, Trump posted on Twitter, “As badly as we were treated in Georgia by the ‘Republican’ Governor and ‘Republican’ Secretary of State, we must have a massive victory for two great people, @KLoeffler & @sendavidperdue, on January 5. I will be having a big Rally for them on Monday night, January 4. WIN!.”

Ossoff and Warnock face a January 5 rematch with GOP incumbents Sen. Kelly Loeffler and David Purdue after none of the candidates reached the required 50 percent vote during the November election.

Earlier this month, President Trump campaigned for the Republican candidates. He spoke to a crowd of supporters in Valdosta, Georgia, stating that despite the 2020 presidential election being “rigged,” voters should still vote for Perdue and Loeffler. 

On December 5, the President said, “We can fight for the presidency, and we can fight for these two great Senators, and we can do it at the same time.” 

President Trump also slammed Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Governor Brian Kemp for not doing enough to justify his claims that the state’s election was rampant with fraud. 

Meanwhile, Biden name-checked Perdue and Loeffler for supporting Trump’s calls for Raffensperger to resign and for showing support to Texas Supreme Court lawsuit that challenges Joe Biden’s win in the swing states, like Georgia.

Biden said, “You know who didn’t stand by you? Do you know who did nothing while Trump, Texas, and others were trying to wipe out every single one of the almost 5 million votes you had cast here in Georgia in November? Your two Republican senators,” 

President-elect Joe Biden will be the first Democrat to win Georgia since Bill Clinton in the year 1992. Other than the election, Georgia state officials also conducted two independent recounts. Both of which affirmed that Joe Biden won the 2020 election. 

Last Tuesday, Joe Biden also stumped in Georgia to campaign for the Democrat candidates in the crucial Senate runoff election. 

Biden also campaigned in Atlanta last week to support the two Democrat candidates, Osssoff and Warnock. 

A day after being named the President-elect, Joe Biden diverted his attention to the Democratic Senate candidates in Georgia, Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. He also condemned Trump for attempting to overturn his win in the Peach State.

Biden won Georgia by 11,779 ballots. Thanks to the support from young black voters in Atlanta, which helped turn the state blue for the first time since Bill Clinton won in 1992.

At a drive-in rally in Atlanta, Biden told a crowd, “I think all of you just taught Donald Trump a lesson in this election. Georgia wasn’t going to be bullied. Georgia wasn’t going to be silenced.”

The runoff, which will be held on January 5, placed Georgia in the national spotlight as both Republican and Democratic parties were fighting to win the Senate majority. In the runoff election, both candidates were said to have spent a staggering amount of $329 million on political ads since the day of the election.