Sen. Lindsey Graham announced a $1 million donation to the two GOP senators entering runoff elections in Georgia.
Graham, the South Carolina senator who won his reelection bid despite facing his most daunting challenger to date, announced the contribution from his campaign to Sen. David Perdue and Sen. Kelly Loeffler during an interview on Fox & Friends Thursday morning. He said the donation was to combat the “tsunami of liberal money about to sink Georgia.”
He also “challenge[d] every Republican who has a website in the Senate and the House, direct every donation to Georgia.”
Georgia’s two senate race runoffs, the only outstanding senate races left, will determine which party is in the majority. As of Thursday, the Republicans control 50 seats, while the Democrats have 46 seats, and there are two independent senators who caucus with the Democrats bringing their total to 48. The two Georgia races — between Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff, and Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock — will determine whether the Democrats can raise that number to 50 and have Vice President-elect Kamala Harris act as a tiebreaker when needed.
Both races will be going to a runoff, scheduled for Jan. 5, because no candidate in either race amassed 50% of the vote. Major players from both parties are expected to campaign for the candidates.
Perdue and Loeffler have demanded Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to resign, claiming the presidential election played out in a manner that was “embarrassment for the state.” Raffensperger has disputed their claims and asserted his resignation “is not going to happen.”
The candidates have parroted talking points about unverified claims of voter fraud and voting irregularities from the Trump campaign. The campaign has moved forward with a slew of lawsuits hoping they will be enough to overturn the projected vote in a number of battleground states Biden was projected to win including Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Michigan, and Nevada.
On Wednesday, Raffensperger announced Georgia will undergo a hand recount in the presidential election. Biden is currently leading by approximately 14,000 votes.
Author: Mike Brest
Source: Washington Examiner: Lindsey Graham announces $1M donation to Georgia GOP senators