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The chairman of the Republican National Committee and the chairman of the Republican Party of Georgia urged their partisan colleagues on Saturday to stay united, focusing on re-electing two incumbent senators in the January 5 runoff.
“If we lose the White House and the Senate, we will never recover. We can't give up. Georgia party leader David Schaefer said at a performance alongside Republican National Committee Chairman Ronna McDaniel in Marietta, Ga.
The two Senate drains will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate at the start of President-elect Joe Biden's term.
During the Marietta event, members of the roughly 45-strong crowd expressed their anger at Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, both Republicans.
In response, Schäfer told the crowd to overcome their anger and stick to the party line.
McDaniel insisted that if Republican voters do not want to trust the process, they must at least stay involved in it.
"Until January 5th, it's up to all of you," said McDaniel. “This is your time to be brave. This is our country and it is worth talking about; It is worth talking to your friends, family, co-workers, and the people you attend church with. You have to go out and talk about what's at stake. "
President Donald Trump has scourged Raffensperger for his implementation of the state elections. A handcount of votes confirmed that Biden won the state, the first Democrat to receive the state's electoral votes in 28 years.
In the November 3 election, Biden beat Trump in the state with less than 13,000 votes out of more than 5 million votes cast. Republican David Perdue, however, led Democrat Jon Ossoff with about 100,000 votes, narrowing the majority Georgia needs to avoid a runoff for the Senate seat. Rev. Raphael Warnock led Republican Kelly Loeffler in a special election with around 20 combatants.
Analysts said Trump's anger at Raffensperger and Kemp could split the party and weaken turnout for the January runoff election. According to some observers, the president's unsubstantiated claims about electoral fraud could also dampen the GOP's enthusiasm.
The races are being watched closely because if the Democrats could get the two seats they would remove control of the US Senate from the GOP.
"Right now Georgia is central to determining the future as there are two senators in David Perdue and Kelly Loefler who care about freedom and who voted for Amy Coney Barrett (Supreme Court Justice) who is religious now Protected freedoms, "said McDaniel. Referring to the Supreme Court ruling last week that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's order, which was overturned long before the Supreme Court ruling, specifically restricting attendance at church services, was unlawful. (Supreme Court rulings in local cases prior to Barrett's elevation to court in September left similar public health restrictions.)
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"Senators," continued McDaniel, "who will stand for every American and for the (US) Constitution if they walk every step of Washington."
"(Loeffler and Perdue) are against two people who don't care about these things. They only care about one thing, whatever Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) tells you to. Don't let their ads fool you," added she added.
"We will not recognize our country if these two people come to the Senate," said McDaniel.
McDaniel spoke for six minutes before asking questions from the crowd on everything from checking the number of votes in the recent election to how to protect future elections from tampering.
After the event, members of the crowd shared their views on party's unity.
"Political parties always have factions in them, and people have their favorite problems," said Cobb County-resident and registered Republican Kathryn Farrell, 52. "In the January 5th election, there is a level of unity that I put in one haven't seen. " long time."
Garry Guan, who recently lost his Senate bid, was there to support Loeffler and Perdue. "It's divisive and very worrying right now," said Guan, who wore a Loeffler campaign button on the lapel of his suit. "We don't have much of a chance if we don't come out strong. The Republicans came out in large numbers for the November elections, but I'm worried they won't be there this time."
One of a few black voters, Melody Martin, 41, a local business owner, came to hear what McDaniel, Schaefer, and other Republican Party members had planned for the near future.
Martin said she thought the state GOP would stick together. "I feel like you have differences at every party but you end up coming together," Martin said. "It's like being in a family – you fight and then you manage again."
Loeffler and Perdue did not hold any public events on Saturday. Ossoff spent some time in Atlanta on Saturday visiting small businesses. Both he and Warnock tweeted their support for small businesses – Saturday was the annual Saturday for small businesses – and the need for government aid for those businesses that have been negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic and often lack a financial cushion to absorb during periods limited business.
Trump has announced that he will visit Georgia on December 5th to promote Loeffler and Perdue. Biden is also expected to fight in the state on behalf of Ossoff and Warnock.
Laura Brown, director of the George Washington University Gradual School of Political Management, called it "problematic" for Republicans to travel to Georgia for Trump and reiterated his false claim that the vote was rigged and that he did indeed win the state. "He essentially only attacks Kemp and Raffensperger," Brown said in an interview.