GOP Lost Ga. Senate Races for 2 Reasons

GOP Lost Ga. Senate Races for 2 Reasons kelly loeffler stands in front of american flag and holds up hands Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

GetFile By John Gizzi Wednesday, 06 January 2021 02:27 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The two Georgia Senate races should never have been lost by Republicans.

But they have been lost for two clear reasons.

First, Georgia's Republican establishment, led by Gov. Brian Kemp, didn't fight for President Donald Trump in his recount efforts.

Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, clearly aligned with Democrats to thwart Trump.

And Kemp refused to call a special session to tighten voter identification rules, require signature verification, and stop drop boxes.

"By their refusal to completely embrace President Trump, the establishment Republicans blew a huge advantage in the Georgia runoffs," veteran Georgia GOP consultant and pollster Matt Towery told Newsmax Wednesday morning.

Towery and other conservatives who spoke to Newsmax felt that the state's GOP "establishment" led by Kemp and Raffensperger "didn't fight at all" for Trump in his efforts to secure a complete and accurate count of the votes cast in the presidential election last fall.

Republican candidates Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue did not enthusiastically back Trump's recount efforts and belatedly said they would back his electoral vote challenge.

These moves, in turn, discouraged enthusiasm for the Senate runoffs Tuesday on the part of "Trump conservatives."

One "establishment" figure reserved for particular contempt in Georgia's "Trumpworld" is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The failure of the majority leader to back up any of the president's claims about vote-stealing in Georgia and his early congratulations of Joe Biden as president-elect fueled Trump supporters' animosity toward him.

McConnell also refused to sign on to Trump's call for $2,000 stimulus checks.

Both Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock backed the checks.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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