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A group of more than 125 economists signed an open letter this week urging the federal government to provide additional financial relief to Americans amid the surging COVID-19 pandemic through direct stimulus checks and recurring payments.

Negotiations over a second round of economic stimulus have been at an impasse for several months, after Congress came together and passed the bipartisan $2.2 trillion CARES Act in March. That legislation included one-time $1,200 direct stimulus checks to most Americans as well as an additional $600 per week in federal unemployment assistance and forgivable loans for struggling businesses amid lockdown measures across the country. But that financial assistance largely ran out by the end of summer, as lawmakers have stressed the need for further stimulus.

“Unless policymakers act quickly to respond to the crisis at the scale necessary, we risk the damage to the economy lasting much longer than necessary, particularly for those at the bottom who have been hit the hardest,” the group of more than 125 economists wrote in their open letter published by the Economic Security Project on Monday.

Alan Blinder, a former board vice-chairman at the Federal Reserve, Claudia Sahm, a former Federal Reserve economist, and Jason Furman, an economic adviser to former President Barack Obama were among the signatories.

People walk near the Fearless Girl statue and the New York Stock Exchange amid the novel coronavirus pandemic on August 3 in New York City. On Monday over 125 economists wrote an open letter saying another stimulus check is “critical” to economic recovery.
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“We know that the next stimulus needs to be big, immediate and direct, and lasting until the economy recovers,” the letter said. “We urge policymakers to use all the tools at their disposal to revitalize the economy, including direct cash payments, which are one of the quickest, most equitable, and most effective ways to get families and the economy back on track.”

“Recurring direct payments will help families meet basic needs, boost state and local economies, and speed the recovery,” they explained, adding that these payments “should be paired with other valuable programs like unemployment benefits, aid to state and local governments, stronger SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] benefits, robust child care funding and more.”

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The economists wrote that “it’s critical” to “quickly implement a robust stimulus to help promote a sustained and racially equitable recovery and help families and businesses get back on their feet.” They asserted in their letter that minorities have been particularly hard hit by the economic fallout of the pandemic, saying that direct payments would “ensure” these groups “aren’t left behind” as the recovery continues.

RepublicanWire reached out to the White House, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for comment, but they did not immediately respond.

Economists and Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell have been urging lawmakers to pass further stimulus for months, warning about the growing threat of long-term economic damage without appropriate action. Negotiations have gone back and forth. The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed a $3 trillion package in May, but Republicans and the White House dismissed it as a Democratic “wish list.”

McConnell and the White House later revealed a $1 trillion package in late July, but that failed to garner even enough Republican support to pass the Senate. Negotiations have proceeded since then, with Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin going back and forth with various compromises. Prior to the election, the White House offered to support a $1.8 trillion compromise after House Democrats passed another $2.2 trillion package.

Despite the urging from some within her party, Pelosi rejected the White House offer. Now some Democrats have suggested they are willing to compromise further and accept an even smaller package as millions of Americans desperately need financial assistance. Unemployment remains at historic levels while several states and municipalities have implemented new lockdown measures to curb the rapid spread of COVID-19.

“I just hope that we can get agreement. It may not be everything that everybody wants but at least if we can get some significant relief to people,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, told Roll Call on Friday. “And then we’re going to be here next year. If we need to do other things, we’ll do other things.”

President-elect Joe Biden has voiced support for the $3 trillion package passed by House Democrats in May. But Biden will not take office until late January, and it remains unclear whether such a massive stimulus bill would be accepted by Senate Republicans.

Senator Lindsey Graham’s re-election campaign wired $1 million to Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue on Monday, in a bid to boost the Republicans’ coffers in the run-up to Georgia’s Senate runoff contests.

Appearing on Fox News last night, Graham said his campaign had transferred the sum through the National Republican Senatorial Committee, a campaign group focused on getting GOP lawmakers elected to the upper chamber.

The South Carolina Republican also called on all his fellow lawmakers to follow suit by sending any funds left from their campaigns to the Georgia Senate runoff races, which could prove the difference between a Republican or Democratic controlled Senate.

“My campaign, Team Graham, we transferred $1 million tonight to Senator Perdue and Senator Loeffler from my campaign account,” Graham told the Hannity show. “To every Republican senator and member of the House, please your campaign accounts on to help Georgia.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham arrives for a judicial nomination hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on November 18, 2020.
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The senator call comes as historic sums had been sent to the campaign teams in Georgia over the past few weeks, gearing the runoff races up to be two of the most expensive Senate races in U.S. political history.

The New York Times reported last week that more than $125 million worth of donations had been thrown at the runoff campaigns in the two weeks following the original November 3 Election Day.

Democratic challengers Raphael Warnock’s campaign was reported to have netted about $40 million over the fortnight, while Jon Ossoff’s campaign secured “a little less”.

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Both Republican and Democratic campaigns have also already put down millions of dollars on adverts in the state, with Politico reporting that spending had neared the $150 million mark as of Thursday last week.

Spending on the races is likely to grow even further over the next six weeks, with the runoff not scheduled to end until January 5.

The outcome of the runoff elections will have a major impact on the scope of the incoming Biden administration’s power. If the Democratic challengers win both races, the Senate will have a 50-50 split, handing the Vice President-elect Kamala Harris a tiebreaker vote.

At the time of writing, Georgia runoff election polls have slightly favored the Republican incumbents Loeffler and Perdue over the two weeks since November 3.

South Carolina Democrat Jaime Harrison has turned to supporting the party’s Georgia runoff hopefuls with a new PAC, as he moves on from his defeat to Republican incumbent Lindsey Graham.

Harrison raised record-breaking sums in his bid to oust Graham, spending more than $104 million during his failed campaign.

Future control of the Senate now depends on the results of two Senate runoff races in Georgia, adding an increased national focus on the state.

Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock are bidding to oust David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler respectively, with polling suggesting each race could be tight.

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On Tuesday, Harrison launched Dirt Road PAC, named in reference to a conversation with a voter who told him he would stay out of politics until a Democrat or Republican paved his road.

Harrison’s campaign website has since been rebranded and now prominently features the PAC’s logo.

Speaking on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, the Democrat spoke of a “long term and sustainable approach” to try and flip Republican areas in the future, stating it was tough to change such places “overnight.”

Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock at a campaign event on October 3, 2020 in Lithonia, Georgia. The pair are both looking to oust Republican incumbents in Georgia’s runoff Senate races.
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Harrison has been approached for comment.

His bid to back the Democrats in Georgia comes as Graham said his own campaign had donated $1 million to support the Republican incumbents, Perdue and Loeffler.

The New York Times reported last week that more than $125 million had been donated to the races in only two weeks since Election Day on November 3.

If the Democrats win both races, this would take the Senate to a 50-50 split between Republicans and Democrats. In that situation, the vice president would then be able to cast the tie-breaking vote in the upper chamber.

Early in-person voting for the Senate runoff races in Georgia is due to begin on December 14, with December 7 the last day for voters to register to cast ballots in the race.

Mail-in ballots began to be sent out last week, with the main voting day set for January 5.

Georgia Senate candidate Jon Ossoff appears to be trying to drive a wedge between his Republican opponent, Senator David Perdue, and GOP voters who believe the 2020 election was stolen from President Donald Trump.

Control of the Senate will be decided in two runoff elections in Georgia on January 5 and the Republican candidates—Senators Perdue and Kelly Loeffler—are seeking to depict themselves as a bulwark against the Democrats’ agenda.

However, this framing suggests that a GOP majority in the Senate will be necessary to curb former Vice President Joe Biden’s agenda after his inauguration next year. That idea contrasts sharply with the Trump campaign’s continued efforts to challenge election results and the president’s refusal to concede.

On Monday, Washington Post national political reporter Cleve R. Wootson Jr. pointed out the Republicans’ dilemma with a tweet from a Perdue campaign event.

Perdue was pictured standing in front of a bus which featured the slogan “Win Georgia, Save America.” Ossoff picked up on Wootson’s tweet and tried to frame the choice Perdue faces.

“Which is it,@perduesenate Did @realDonaldTrump lose the election?” Ossoff asked.

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Margins in the Georgia runoffs are likely to be tight and disaffected Trump voters, unhappy with Republican efforts to keep the president in office, could prove crucial. Loeffler, who faces Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock, may face the same problem.

Many senior Republicans have accepted Biden’s victory and called on Trump to concede, but the president’s campaign is still challenging the results. A recount in Georgia will begin on Tuesday. It will be the third time the votes there have been counted, although it is very unlikely to change the outcome, according to Politico.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll from November 18 highlighted the difficulty facing Perdue and Loeffler. Fifty-two percent of Republicans polled said Trump had “rightfully won” the election, while 68 percent were concerned that the election was “rigged.”

While some Republicans are already looking beyond Trump and trying to secure their majority in the Senate in order to better handle a Biden administration, the president’s continued insistence that the election was stolen from him is putting Perdue and Loeffler in a potentially tricky position.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jon Ossoff speaks at a campaign event in Jonesboro, Georgia, on November 19, 2020. Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff are campaigning in the state ahead of their January 5 runoff races against Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and Sen. David Perdue (R-GA). Ossoff has highlighted GOP voters who think President Donald Trump’s election victory was stolen as he seeks to defeat Perdue.
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While partisan disagreements continue to stall a new stimulus bill amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a majority of Americans want the government to remain divided along party lines with Republicans retaining control of the Senate, according to a new poll.

Early data from a Harvard CAPS-Harris poll found that 56 percent of respondents want Republicans to keep control of the Senate following crucial Georgia runoff elections in the new year, while 44 percent would prefer Democrats have full control of Congress along with the White House, according to a Monday report from The Hill.

“As of now, the voters want divided government and their votes for the Senate and House indicate that as well,” Harvard CAPS-Harris polling director Mark Penn told the outlet. “This is a strong headwind for Democrats in the special election though [President] Trump’s continued failure to concede could muddy the waters here.”

Full results from the poll, which was conducted among 2,205 registered voters between November 17 and November 19, are expected to be released later this week.

Almost eight months after the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump, disputes between Democratic and Republican leaders has repeatedly blocked movement on a follow-up bill.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are pictured outside the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on July 29, 2020.
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have both joined with partisan colleagues to accuse the opposing party of obstructing any potential legislation.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 has continued to spread throughout the country at a record-breaking pace, with well over 12.2 million cases and more than 256,000 deaths recorded as of Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

If the Senate remains in GOP control after President-elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20, Republicans are likely to make it difficult for Democrats to achieve any of their legislative goals. McConnell could block bills coming from the Democratic-controlled House from even being voted on by the Senate.

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However, it is not clear which party will control the chamber. If Democrats were to win both seats in the Georgia runoffs, set to take place on January 5, the party would effectively control the Senate with a 50-50 split and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris having the ability to cast tie-breaking votes.

Republicans only need to win one of the two races to retain control, but recent polls have suggested that both contests are close, with incumbent GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler both statistically tied with Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.

RepublicanWire reached out to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee for comment.

Sidney Powell, a former member of President Donald Trump’s legal team who claimed she would “blow up” Georgia with a “biblical” voter fraud lawsuit, undermined top Republicans ahead of two key Senate runoff races in the state by peddling baseless conspiracy theories.

The lawyer, who was cut loose by the Trump campaign on Sunday, claimed that the Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger were paid to be involved in an alleged conspiracy around the use of Dominion Voting Systems.

“Georgia’s probably going to be the first state I’m gonna blow up,” Powell told the conservative network Newsmax TV yesterday.

She also made the unfounded claim on Newsmax that Rep. Doug Collins would have beaten Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler in the special election for her seat, were it not for the alleged conspiracy.

Sidney Powell speaks to the press about various lawsuits related to the 2020 election, inside the Republican National Committee headquarters on November 19, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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“There’s no telling how many congressional candidates should have won that lost by the addition of… the algorithm that they were running against whoever they wanted,” Powell later added.

Loeffler finished almost 6 points ahead of Collins in the race to keep her Senate seat. She has now advanced to a runoff contest against Raphael Warnock, the Democratic candidate vying to unseat her and overturn the Republican majority in the upper chamber.

After Powell appeared on Newsmax, the Trump campaign released a statement saying Powell was not a member of its legal team, nor working on behalf of the commander-in-chief in a personal capacity.

“Sidney Powell is practicing law on her own. She is not a member of the Trump Legal Team,” Team Trump legal advisers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis said in a joint statement. “She is also not a lawyer for the president in his personal capacity.”

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Powell has previously appeared beside members of the Trump legal team at campaign press events, including one conference led by Giuliani last Thursday. RepublicanWire has contacted Powell for comment.

The Georgia Republican Party has also been approached for comment. This article will be updated with any response.

Powell undermined top members of the party as it sought to keep its hold on the state’s Senate seats with less than two months to go until runoff elections slated for the first week of January.

If Republicans lose control of the seats held by Loeffler and her colleague Sen. David Perdue, the Senate will be split 50-50, handing Democrats an effective majority with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ tiebreaker vote.

Three Senate runoff polls released in the wake of the November 3 elections have thus far been split, showing the races as either too close to call or narrowly favoring Republican incumbents.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) admitted he was “cheap” after Fox News contributor Trey Gowdy jokingly said that “the box was more expensive” than a Christmas present he had been sent by the senator.

Graham agreed that he was frugal during a Monday night appearance on Fox News’ Hannity, with Gowdy, a former GOP congressman from South Carolina, filling in as host. Graham warned that if Democrats took control of the Senate by winning both of two upcoming Georgia runoff elections, it would be a “nightmare for conservatism” because, in part, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) would become chairman of the Senate Budget Committee instead of him.

“Having done a Christmas gift exchange with you, I can promise you, you are more fiscally conservative than anybody else I know,” Gowdy joked while comparing Graham to Sanders. “The box was more expensive than the present I got.”

“Yeah, I border being cheap,” Graham agreed.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is pictured during a committee hearing in Washington, D.C. on November 18, 2020.
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Graham insisted that the U.S. being “turned into a socialist nation” was “on the ballot” in the runoff elections while urging Republicans to donate to the campaigns of incumbent GOP Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, who are set to face off against Democratic challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff on January 5.

After being asked what was at stake depending on which party controls the Senate, Graham said that Democrats would “change the Electoral College” and “go to the popular vote” in presidential elections, although such a move would require an amendment to the Constitution.

Graham used the example of “avowed socialist” Sanders leading the budget committee as part of the “nightmare” scenario that he claimed would spark an improbable transformation of the country.

“Let me give you a good example, I hope I don’t ruin your Thanksgiving,” Graham said. “If Democrats take over the Senate and we lose both Georgia seats, Bernie Sanders will be chairman of the budget committee in the Senate. An avowed socialist would be writing the nation’s budget in the Senate. If we keep control of the Senate by winning both seats in Georgia, I’m going to be the budget chairman.”

“You know what, I may not be your cup of tea out there, but let me tell you this, I’m a hell of a lot better than Bernie Sanders when it comes to your money,” he added.

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The discussion largely took place under the assumption that President-elect Joe Biden would take office on January 20, making it possible for Democrats to control the Senate with a 50-50 split of the chamber by winning both runoffs. Graham has repeatedly boosted evidence-free claims from Trump that he, not Biden, was the true winner of the election due to unsubstantiated voter fraud.

However, Graham did urge Trump to “keep fighting” at the end of the interview, which came hours after the president tweeted that he had recommended the General Services Administration issue its letter “ascertaining” that Biden was declared the “apparent president-elect,” officially beginning the transition process between outgoing and incoming administrations.

RepublicanWire reached out to Graham’s office for comment.

Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) is quarantining after receiving mixed results from COVID-19 tests, joining a growing number of Republican senators having to isolate amid the pandemic.

A statement from Loeffler’s campaign said she had received varying results and would be quarantining for now, awaiting results of retesting. It added that she was not experiencing symptoms.

“Senator Loeffler took two COVID tests on Friday morning. Her rapid test results were negative and she was cleared to attend Friday’s events. She was informed later in the evening after public events on Friday that her PCR test came back positive, but she was retested Saturday morning after conferring with medical officials and those results came back inconclusive on Saturday evening,” a statement from her campaign said.

“Senator Loeffler followed CDC guidelines by notifying those with whom she had sustained direct contact while she awaits further test results.

“She has no symptoms and she will continue to follow [U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines by quarantining until retesting is conclusive and an update will be provided at that time.”

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Stephen Lawson, her campaign communications manager, shared the statement in a tweet and added: “She has no symptoms and is in good spirits, and appreciates everyone’s well wishes and support.”

Loeffler joins Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Rick Scott (R-FL) in quarantining. The pair are both in such isolation having received positive COVID-19 tests.

Grassley announced on Tuesday that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

Scott announced his positive test result Friday, stating he was “feeling good” but experiencing some “very mild symptoms.”

According to a list compiled by NPR, 21 Republican Senators have had to quarantine at some point amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

RepublicanWire has contacted Loeffler’s campaign for further comment and asked for an update on the situation.

Loeffler’s quarantine comes with the U.S. having seen more than 12 million confirmed cases throughout the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University figures.

Two of Loeffler’s staff members tested positive for COVID-19 in October.

Loeffler is currently amid a fight to hold on to her Senate seat, facing a challenge from Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock for her spot in Congress in a runoff contest.

In a statement on Twitter after it emerged Loeffler was in quarantine, Warnock said: “Senator Loeffler is in my thoughts. I pray that her test results come back negative and that she is back on the campaign trail soon. Blessings.”

Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) shakes hands with a supporter during a “Defend the Majority” rally at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agriculture Center on November 19, in Perry, Georgia. She has quarantined after mixed COVID-19 test results.
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As President Donald Trump has continued to challenge election results, few Republican Senators have spoken out against the president’s efforts to sway the results in his favor. The Washington Post reached out to all 53 Republican senators and only received few responses.

The president has openly challenged the election results multiple times, often sharing conspiracy theories (such as claiming that Dominion Voting Systems deleted votes for him as well as changing votes for him to President-elect Joe Biden). As the president has filed lawsuits to challenge election results as well as publicly tweeting that he was the actual victor in the 2020 race, far few Republicans have publicly spoken out against his actions.

Trump has shared many claims that voter fraud was the reason for his loss, despite most those claims being disputed.

The Washington Post said that less than 10 senators’ offices responded, and “most declined to comment or referred to previous remarks.”

Only three Republican senators have pushed back at Trump’s voter fraud claims: Maine’s Susan Collins, Utah’s Mitt Romney, and Nebraska’s Ben Sasse.

Collins said that while legal battles were the “right way” to challenge election results, she criticized the president for “attempt[ing] to pressure state election officials.” She also said that those still planning to certify their results “should proceed to certify their election results as scheduled.”

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Romney also criticized Trump for putting pressure on local officials. “It is difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting American President,” he said.

Sasse pointed to a recent press conference held by Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani alleging that voter fraud was the reason the president didn’t win the election. “So no, obviously Rudy and his buddies should not pressure electors to ignore their certification obligations under the statute. We are a nation of laws, not tweets,” Sasse said.

While many stayed silent, some Republicans have commented about the transfer of power, acknowledging that Biden was expected to take office in January. Others also made remarks about the Trump campaign’s efforts, but didn’t necessarily show support. The Post reported that Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan said that the president’s lawyers have “got to prove it in court,” speaking about the importance of making sure each vote is counted.

Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn made similar comments in an interview with ABC News, asking that the president’s campaign to present evidence in court to back up his fraud claims.

Even though Trump has continued to challenge the results, some senators have pushed for him to begin the transfer of power. Tennessee Republican Senator Lamar Alexander said that the current administration “should provide the Biden team with all transition materials, resources, and meetings necessary to ensure a smooth transition so that both sides are ready on day one.” He also said that recounts would help Americans ensure that the results are valid.

Responding to RepublicanWire’s request for comment, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s press secretary deferred to statements made by McConnell earlier this week. On Thursday, CNN reported that McConnell spoke about the election process.

“In all these presidential elections, we go through this process, and we’re going to have an orderly transfer from this administration to the next one. What we all say about it is frankly irrelevant,” he said.

Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) talks to reporters in the Senate subway following a vote in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol on November 12, 2020 in Washington, DC. Romney was one of three Republican Senators to criticize Trump’s efforts to overturn election results to The Washington Post.
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Vice President Mike Pence is slated to appear at two rallies with Georgia Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue as the crucial runoff contests for their seats in the upper chamber remain close, according to new polls.

After landing in Georgia this morning, the vice president will speak alongside Loeffler and Perdue at a “Defend the Majority” rally on the Canton campus of Chattahoochee Technical College at around midday.

When the hour-long event draws to a close, Pence will then join the senators at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center in Gainesville, a city in the north east of the Peach State, for another one hour rally, according to an online invitation.

“Vice President Mike Pence is returning to Georgia TOMORROW for TWO rallies with David Perdue and me!” Sen. Loeffler tweeted on Thursday evening. “Help us hold the line.” It is not yet clear whether President Donald Trump will make a later appearance in the state.

Vice President Mike Pence introduces President Donald Trump during a rally at the Georgia World Congress Center on November 8, 2019, in Atlanta.
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The Georgia Senate runoff elections scheduled for January 5 will decide whether Republicans or Democrats hold onto the Senate—and have a huge impact on the power of President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration for at least the next two years.

As the tally stands, the GOP controls 50 seats to the Democrats’ 48 seats. If the Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock manage to unseat both Perdue and Loeffler at the start of next year, they will bring the Senate to a 50-50 tie.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will then have a tiebreaker vote that could prove instrumental in pushing through the Biden administration’s legislative agenda.

The Republican incumbents Loeffler and Perdue announced their rallies with Pence on Friday after three runoff election polls came up with mixed results, indicating that the races could still be close contests.

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One survey released by Remington Research Group a week after the November 3 elections, and published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, found Loeffler 1 percentage point ahead of Warnock with 49 percent of likely voters backing her.

The poll from the Republican-leaning firm also showed Perdue 4 points ahead of Ossoff as half of polled Georgia voters backed him for another term in the Senate.

But another survey released by Insider Advantage and the local new station Fox5 Atlanta on Tuesday put Warnock 1-point ahead of Loeffler, and also found Perdue and Ossoff tied neck-and-neck with 49 percent support among Georgia voters.

Public polls have come under scrutiny in the aftermath of the 2020 elections as several proved to be wide of the mark again, particularly in “toss up” Senate contests that broke fairly comfortably for Republican incumbents.