UPDATED 1:06 PM PT – Monday, November 23, 2020
As both Senate races in Georgia are headed toward runoffs in January, Republicans are stepping up their efforts to push GOP candidates into office.
The January runoffs will determine which party holds the majority in the Senate, bringing those races into the national spotlight. As a result, a number of outside groups supporting both parties’ candidates have launched major ad buying blitzes in an attempt to sway voters.
The races between Republican incumbent David Purdue and his Democrat challenger John Ossoff as well as Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler and her Democrat challenger Raphael Warnock have seen a massive spike in campaign funding for the final sprint towards voting day.
Additionally, a number of Republican officials, even those from out of state, are rallying to aid in in-person campaigning. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) have thrown in their support on the campaign trail along with Vice President Mike Pence.
“That’s why Georgia and America need David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler back in a Republican majority in the United States Senate,” stated Pence. “We need the Peach State to defend the Senate and the road to a Republican majority goes straight through Georgia.”
The GOP has made each of the races about preventing the radical left from gaining traction in the upper chamber. The Georgia Republican Party said they are working around the clock to ensure voters understand they have a clear choice between radical liberals or the candidates who will fight for Georgia values.
Meanwhile, voters seem eager to participate in those tight races as the number of requested absentee ballots for the election is breaking records. Georgia officials said there has already been nearly a million requests, marking a notably high voter turnout.
Several Republicans have noted this race is all about turnout and are encouraging voters to cast their ballot on January 5, 2021.