Georgia's Early Voting Numbers Have GOP Concerned Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., stands with Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., during a campaign rally, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, in Milton, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
By Jeffrey Rodack | Thursday, 31 December 2020 11:21 AM
The early voting numbers in the Georgia Senate runoffs have put Republicans on edge, according to The New York Times.
While polls suggest a close race between Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., and Democrat Jon Ossoff and an equally tight race between Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and her challenger Raphael Warnock, the strong turnout in Democrat areas has GOP officials concerned, the newspaper said.
Since the start of early voting on Dec. 14, more than 2.5 million people have cast ballots in Georgia. A breakdown of votes reveal that Democrat strongholds, including DeKalb and Fulton counties, are showing high numbers.
And African-Americans in Georgia are “voting their weight and then some,” said Charles Bullock, a political scientist at the University of Georgia.
Meanwhile, turnout has been weak in the northwestern part of the state, which is rich with many supporters of President Donald Trump.
But Trump is set to hold a rally in Dalton, Georgia, on Monday, while President-elect Joe Biden is scheduled to campaign in Atlanta on the same day.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will hold a rally in Savannah on Sunday.
“Democrats have shown up for the early vote, and the overt emphasis on Black voters has seemingly paid off,” Brian Robinson, a Republican strategist in Georgia, said. “Republicans, though, still have a lot of votes out there they can get, particularly in northwest Georgia, where Trump is going Monday. The GOP candidates will win handily among election day voters, so the bigger the turnout on Tuesday, the better the Republican chances.”
Meanwhile, Trump has called on Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to resign. The president has claimed Kemp has refused to admit Biden lost in Georgia.