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Vice President Mike Pence visited Georgia on Friday ahead of a get-out-the-vote rally by President Trump on Saturday to boost the two GOP Senate runoff candidates.
Pence insisted during a speech in Savannah, Ga., that the election is not yet lost to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
“As our election contests continue, here in Georgia and in courts across the country, I’ll make you a promise: We’re going to keep fighting until every legal vote is counted. We’re going to keep fighting until every illegal vote is thrown out,” Pence said.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, last month certified Biden as winner by 12,587 votes following a hand recount of ballots. But Trump has lashed out at Georgia officials, including Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who on Thursday endorsed Trump’s demand for an audit of signatures used on mail-in ballots.
Complicating matters for the Jan. 5 Senate runoffs, fringe pro-Trump conservative activists and attorneys have urged Republican voters in Georgia to stay home if GOP Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue won’t more aggressively push Trump’s case.
Pence implored rally-goers to “cast another vote for all that President Trump has accomplished” by voting for Loeffler and Perdue.
“I know we all have our doubts about the last election, and I actually hear some people saying, ‘Just don’t vote.’ My fellow Americans, if you don’t vote, they win,” Pence said.
“If you don’t vote, there could be nothing to stop Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi from cutting our military, raising taxes and passing the agenda of the radical left.”
The outcome of the runoffs will dictate control of the Senate next year. Republicans will hold at least 50 seats in January, but if they lose both races, the Senate will be divided 50-50 and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will break ties.
Loeffler, the richest member of Congress and wife of New York Stock Exchange chairman Jeff Sprecher, is running against the Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor of the Atlanta church formerly run by Martin Luther King Jr. The political content of his sermons has earned negative news coverage.
Perdue faces Democrat Jon Ossoff, a 33-year-old whose failed 2017 candidacy in a House special election raised $23 million.
Biden said at a Friday press conference that he would be following Trump to Georgia to campaign for the Democratic candidates, though he did not say when.
Trump said in a tweet that he will be joined by first lady Melania Saturday night at Valdosta Regional Airport near the Florida border.
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