As the runoff races in Georgia gains more attention, the Senate Majority PAC has announced they will invest $5 million in advertising as they seek to boost support for Democratic Senate Candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.
The newly-minted Chief of Staff, Ron Klain, intimated the President-Elect will campaign in Georgia for Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock in an interview with Chuck Todd on Meet The Press.
“I think you’ll see the president-elect campaign down there as we get closer to Election Day,” he continued. “We’re going to put people, money, resources down there to help our two good candidates win. I’m very hopeful that we can win those seats.”
The Georgia campaign is expected to cost over $100 million. For Republicans, the Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC run by allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will be leading the way in outside spending.
Monday afternoon, Spelman graduate Bianca Keaton and former U.S. Representative candidate Nabilah Islam formally launched a Super PAC of their own, Save Our Senate PAC (SOS PAC) that targets low propensity voters from diverse and underserved communities through grassroots organizing and digital mobilization.
“Before outside groups come barrelling in with no understanding of the lay of the land, we’re launching an organization that will hold down our own, said Bianca Keaton, Co-Chair of SOS PAC.” “The January 5th run-off is crucial to Democrats’ success in passing meaning for legislation that will uplift our communities during President-Elect Joe Biden’s first 100 days.”
Keaton served as an aide and advisor to U.S. Congressmen Robert Brady and Cedric Richmond for a combined six years. Islam worked for Jason Carter’s Gubernatorial Campaign in 2014, served as Hilary Clinton’s Dep. Southern States Finance Director in 2016, The Democratic National Committee’s Southern States Finance Director in 2018, and most recently ran a historic Campaign for Congress in Georgia’s 7th district. Nabilah now serves as a Senior Political Strategist to a number of local and national organizations.
The rhetoric is ratcheted up
Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue understand that without President Donald J. Trump not being on the ballot, turnout in the runoff will be critical to their success on Jan. 5th. Loeffler turned up the heat on Reverend Warnock Monday night. In an appearance on The Ingraham Angle, Loeffler said she would be willing to debate Reverend Warnock, while criticizing him for supporting Rev. Jeremiah Wright twelve years ago.
“We had a debate,” Loeffler said. “I had the opportunity in that debate to show how radical his agenda is, and we are just getting started. So I welcome that opportunity to also show what I’ve done for Georgians since getting into the Senate in January.
“I’ve hit the ground running, delivered for Georgians during the pandemic to bring relief, and also holding people accountable. Like Raphael Warnock for their comments supporting folks like Fidel Castro, inviting them into his church [while] at the same time criticizing police officers,” Loeffler added.
“Georgians need to know who he is and I welcome the chance to debate him as many times as he wants.”
— Kelly Loeffler (@KLoeffler) November 17, 2020
Warnock has distanced himself from those claims.
“I know Rev. Wright,” Warnock said. “I’m not an anti-Semite. I’ve never defended anti-Semitic comments from anyone and Kelly Loeffler knows better.” Warnock also accused Loeffler of “division and distraction.”
I hear you're ready to debate, @Kloeffler. Assume that means I'll see you December 6th at the Atlanta Press Club, and twice more so Georgians know who will work for them.
— Reverend Raphael Warnock (@ReverendWarnock) November 17, 2020
Meanwhile, Senator Perdue has taken a more measured approach, concerned with longtime Republican strongholds Cobb County and Gwinnett County turning blue in the presidential election.
“What we’re going to have to do is make sure we get all the votes out from the general and get them back out,” Perdue said of core Republican voters on a call with fellow Republicans. “That’s always a hard thing to do in a presidential year, particularly this year, given that President Trump, it looks like now, may not be able to hold out.”
The concern lies in the efforts led by Stacey Abrams, The New Georgia Project, and Black Voters Matter, as they registered 800,000 new voters, the majority of which represent Black and Latinx communities. Those efforts resulted in turning Georgia blue for the first time since 1992.
“We think that Trump voters are going to continue to be very energized, and we don’t think we’ll have a problem with that,” Loeffler said on the call. “But the question is about the Democrat turnout. We don’t know. We can’t take for granted that we’re going to keep everyone motivated.”