President Donald Trump announced in a tweet Sunday that he will be leaving Washington on the eve of the Senate runoff elections in Georgia to campaign in the Peach State on behalf of Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, who are vying to hold onto their seats in the upper chamber against a pair of Democrat challengers.
Trump said he’ll appear in Georgia on Jan. 4, just one day before the final voters hit the polls to cast their ballots in a pair of races that will determine which party has control of the U.S. Senate.
If Democrats win both seats, the Senate will be tied 50–50, and the vice president would cast the tie-breaking vote, giving Dems an advantage, according to Chicago Tribune columnist Dahleen Glanton. If Republicans can win just one of the two slots, however, that crisis would be averted.
“A big and wonderful rally”
Trump, for his part, said in his Sunday tweet that it’s “so important” that Loeffler and Perdue pull through — and next week, he’s hoping to mobilize his base to get out and vote.
According to The Hill, Loeffler and Perdue are hoping to beat out Democrat candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, respectively.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 27, 2020
Everything’s at stake in Georgia
Trump’s announcement comes as Republicans are doing everything they can to beat Democrats’ fundraising records and pull out a win that would keep both the lawmaking and law-enforcing sectors of the government from being totally controlled by the left.
With Republicans holding the Senate, the GOP can force House Democrats and even Joe Biden to negotiate on everything from legislation to Cabinet appointments, as reports have noted. And while Democrats have already poured millions into the runoff races hoping to avoid such a situation, the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Perdue slightly ahead of Ossoff, and Loeffler and Warnock in a dead heat.
At this point, it’s still anybody’s game — and the backing of Trump might be enough to send Perdue and Loeffler over the edge.
“You’re going to vote, right?”
His upcoming rally won’t be the first for Trump in Georgia ahead of the Senate runoffs; earlier this month, the president visited Valdosta to stump for the Republican candidates, The New York Times reported.
Speaking alongside Trump, Loeffler urged Georgia Republicans at the early December rally to make their voices heard come Jan. 5.
“You’re going to vote, right?” she said, according to the Times. “If you vote, we will win. If you don’t, we will lose America and what it’s founded on.”