On Sunday night, in the midst of a series of events to end the campaign, President Donald Trump will find himself in Rome, Georgia as he plays a defensive role to try and keep from losing his status. Democrat in the presidential race since 1992.
And that Trump had to spend the campaign’s final critical minutes in what was once regarded as credible red Georgia hasn’t been lost to some Republicans elsewhere in the state like Larry Odum, chairman Appling District Republican told The Daily Beast “it I am concerned that he will have to leave this late. “
“I would think our state will be stronger for the Republicans than that,”; said Odum, who remains confident that the state won’t turn blue. “But there’s a lot of money going to Georgia trying to attract voters in a different way.”
Making matters more fluid in the state is the presence of former President Barack Obama on the eve of the election. The fact that Obama will spend his time on Monday’s campaign in Georgia is just another indication that Democrats are trying to create a big play in the southern state that wasn’t already blue in presidential race since Bill Clinton won in 1992.
Obama’s visit was a spiritual uplift for Democrats and energized the facility at a critical moment in the state, said LeWanna Heard Tucker, Fulton County Democratic Party chairman.
“And the fact that Trump and Pence and everyone else are stopping in Georgia tells us they’re scared,” Tucker said. “They’re throwing everything they have right now and that’s great. We will do our part to ensure that we complete every ballot, and that all votes that have been counted count. “
The polls have shown a tight race in major state races, including those of the two US Senate seats that are currently under GOP control. And in the presidential election, a Monmouth poll published Wednesday found Biden leading among registered voters in Georgia with 5 points and with a narrower lead in a pair of tissues. Voter turnout patterns are different.
At Floyd County, Georgia where Trump will assemble the local GOP President on Sunday, Luke Martin noted that both Republicans and Democrats “wouldn’t spend money on coming out … if they didn’t think Georgia was doing. play.”
“It shows that as little is possible, so it is so,” Martin said. If Democrats succeed in winning 16 state electoral votes, it could lead to a victory that could lose Trump’s chances of re-election.
But Martin said he was expecting a presidential visit to their area. And when it comes to Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene, who is supposed to officially win a US House of Representatives seat in this election even if her campaign has been dominated by her relationship. With QAnon’s baseless conspiracy, Martin said she “put in a lot of effort to get the president here. “
“I think it’s a reflection of the polls, everyone sees what they are, here very closely and the president needs to win here,” Martin said. “So yes, no worries. We’re only happy when he’s here. ”
Georgia has become particularly hot at this point in the cycle not only with the presidential race, but also two key Senate seats to take over in the long-held southern state hosted by the GOP. The Senate races have become particularly tight, with incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) trying to counter a staunch effort from Democrat Jon Ossoff, who has lost in Special elections for a parliamentary seat in 2017.
“GEORGIA IS * HOME * BATTLEGROUND,” Ossoff tweeted after the announcement of Obama’s visit.
At the same time, Republicans in the state were clearly divided for another state Senate seat. Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) has been appointed to replace Johnny Isakson, instead of Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA) most loved by Trump’s Congress. But that created a situation where Collins and Loeffler were locked in a tight battle for rights in the open election, where instead of running for the primary, all the candidates of either party contested. sent together. During that race, Democrats rallied largely around the Rev.. Raphael Warnock. And the political drama between Loeffler and Collins could mean Warnock could surprise and win the seat.
Both Senate races have the potential to enter a run, which happens if no candidate wins a majority under Georgia law, to be held on January 5, 2021. And since things are trending nationwide, that day could help decide which party controls the Senate.
During his appearance on Monday, Obama will tout the Ossoff and Warnock candidates, according to Saturday’s announcement of the former president’s trip from the Biden campaign. Biden himself has been in the state for a week since election day, where he appeared in Warm Springs and Atlanta.
Trump last rallyed in Georgia in mid-October during an appearance at Macon. The rally also resulted in Perdue being drawn into controversy after repeatedly mispronouncing the Democratic vice presidential candidate’s name while onstage, a mistake Ossoff quickly jumped in. Democrats have also put Perdue on duty on Twitter for ignoring one last Senate debate, with the senator’s campaign citing Trump’s Sunday rally.
“Senator Perdue will not participate in the WSB-TV debate but will instead join the 45th president, Donald J. Trump, for a giant Get-Out-The-Vote rally in the West. North Georgia, ”Perdue communications director John Burk said in a statement.
Elsewhere in the state, while Carvel Lewis predicted Trump would win in Georgia, he didn’t show the same confidence that Trump could win the general election.
Quitman County Republican leader, who also serves as the chairman of the local district committee, told The Daily Beast Trump’s visit was “trying to strengthen his base,” as he worked to bring them to Georgia vote.
“It would be great if he could spend time visiting more cities in Michigan or Pennsylvania or Florida or North Carolina, some other place I think it would be closer,” Lewis said of the time Trump spent for your Georgia. Sunday protest.
Sunday night’s presidential visit in Georgia took place in a rushed three-day campaign ending the campaign among 14 stops across Pennsylvania, Michigan, Iowa and North Carolina, along with Wisconsin and Florida.
And Ken Carroll, the state committee member of the Georgia Republican Party, still insisted that Georgia blushed and “if the Democrats think Georgia is playing and they want to spend their resources here, that’s fine. for us. “
With that in mind, he made it clear “maybe there are other places (Trump) that could spend a better time”, getting closer to election day, “because we’re going to make deliveries to the president.”
“I think it’s a baseless concern on the part of the president, but I want to meet him somewhere else because there are other countries that will need him more than we do,” Carroll said.
– With additional reports from Sam Brodey