With his own chances of upending the election results out of reach, Trump remains a formidable politician in play as he heads to Georgia. His planned visit to Georgia where a runoff senate election is scheduled next month has mixed concerns. Will his presence their help Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loefffler or hinder their quests?
Particularly troubling for some GOP officials is Trump’s continuing to harp on voter fraud that has been proven nonexistent in state after state. According to Brendan Buck, who was an adviser to former House Speaker Paul Ryan, “The president has basically taken hostage of this race.” And his criticism and attacks on Georgia election officials could discourage voters from supporting the Republican Party candidates.
What’s at stake here is the senate, and Democrats need to take both races from the incumbents in order to have a 50-50 split, giving Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris the deciding vote.
Many Democrats are hopeful that Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, who at one time was an assistant pastor to Rev. Calvin Butts, III at Abyssinian Baptist Church, will be successful since President-elect Joe Biden carried the state. His victory was the first time a Democratic Party presidential candidate had done that since Bill Clinton’s win in 1992. Plus, activists such as Stacey Abrams and the Black Lives Matter movement still have momentum after propelling the presidential run.
Still, Trump is known to rally his base and that will undoubtedly be his mission on Saturday, though the bottom line remains who can get voters to the ballot box. So much will depend on how voters react to Trump’s allegations about voter fraud and his denunciations of Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. And some voters may buy into the notion that the election process is flawed and corrupted so why should they vote. Also, there may be a fresh surge of Republicans totally dissatisfied with Trump and either stay at home or vote for the Democrats.
The handwriting may be on the wall for Trump but he continues to be pivotal as the showdown in Georgia looms.