With President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump, Georgia Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are bracing for a two-month slog in Georgia that could determine the next Senate majority, planning to argue that they need to keep their seats to prevent Democratic control of Washington.
Having fallen short in a number of Senate races, Democrats’ only realistic path to claiming the majority hinges on flipping the two Georgia seats – one of which is already headed to a runoff, while the other looks likely to – with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris able to break ties in the Senate.
Both Georgia Republicans will need to avoid the fallout from President Donald Trump, who has baselessly claimed that Democrats are stealing the election from him. They argue that electing their opponents – Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock – would give House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Biden the ability to run roughshod over the GOP.
“The stakes in this election could not be higher: a vote for Jon Ossoff is a vote to hand power to Chuck Schumer and the radical Democrats in Washington,” said Perdue campaign manager Ben Fry. “Georgians won’t let that happen.”