Ahead of runoff elections in Georgia that will determine the makeup of the U.S. Senate for the upcoming session, Democratic Party-aligned groups and donors are pouring resources into the state. One prominent Republican, however, announced his plan to help offset that possible financial advantage.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said this week that he plans to donate $1 million from his own campaign to aid the two GOP candidates vying to represent Georgia in January’s runoff elections, as reported by Fox News.
“A tsunami of liberal money”
Graham’s revelation came on Thursday during an appearance on Fox & Friends.
“I’m going to donate a million dollars to Sens. [Kelly] Loeffler and [David] Perdue from my campaign to make sure they have the resources to combat a tsunami of liberal money about to sink Georgia,” Graham said, according to Breitbart.
The longtime South Carolina senator knows a thing or two about such an influx of cash into a Democratic campaign, recently surviving a re-election bid of his own during which his opponent set fundraising records.
As for Loeffler and Perdue, they will be defending their respective seats against Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock after both close races triggered a runoff.
Graham is not the only Republican senator to sound the alarms regarding the importance of these elections.
“To save America”
“We must win Georgia, to save America,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tweeted about the pair of races through which the balance of Senate power will be established.
A GOP-led chamber would give the party significantly more leverage on Capitol Hill in the coming years, even if Democratic Party operatives and the mainstream media are correct in their prediction that Joe Biden will become the next president.
If Perdue and Loeffler both lose in such a scenario, however, the Senate will fall to a 50-50 split — with the tie-breaking vote falling to would-be Vice President Kamala Harris, currently one of the body’s most progressive voices.
Of course, Democrats are also well aware of the stakes and seem poised to do whatever necessary to secure unlikely wins in these run-off races — including one-time presidential hopeful Andrew Yang, who encouraged Democrats from other states to move to Georgia in time to vote in the January election.
For her part, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) declared that she plans on spending the “next couple of months doing everything” that she can to aid Ossoff and Warnock in their longshot bids to replace Republican incumbents in Georgia.