RNC to host GA ‘Victory Rally’ with Trump, other GOP figures amid both Senate runoffs
The Republican National Committee (RNC) is set to host a ‘Victory Rally’ in Georgia on December 5 that will feature President Donald Trump and other Republicans, according to an email sent out by the RNC on Wednesday.
This rally, according to a tweet from ABC News’ Johnny Verhovek, is scheduled to take place in Valdosta, Georgia on Saturday at 7 pm at the regional airport. The event will see remarks from Trump, Georgia Sens. David Perdue (R) and Kelly Loeffler (R), candidate for Public Service Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, and other Republicans.
This is amidst the two side-by-side runoff elections for both of the Peach State’s U.S. Senate seats that will determine which political party will control the upper chamber of Congress, albeit with a slim majority, likely until the 2022 midterm elections.
Perdue and Loeffler currently face brutal re-election fights in both their January 5 runoff races against well-funded Democratic opponents, Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock respectively. On November 3 both Senate races, featuring multiple candidates, resulted in no candidate receiving more than 50% of the vote, which automatically triggered runoffs between the two highest vote-getters in each race in accordance with state law.
If Democrats sweep both seats in January, they will control 50 out of the 100 Senate seats and have Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as the tiebreaking vote. Whether or not they can achieve this hat trick will make or break which of President-elect Joe Biden‘s cabinet picks will be confirmed by the Senate once he officially becomes president on January 20.
It should be noted that the Loeffler-Warnock race is also a special election, since Loeffler was appointed by Georgia’s governor in December 2019 to succeed then-Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) after he announced that he would be stepping down for health reasons. The winner of this special election’s runoff will serve the remainder of Isakson’s term, which ends on January 3, 2023.
Since the runoffs began about a month ago, a flood of high-profile Republicans and Democrats have flocked to Georgia to campaign for their respective party’s pair of senatorial candidates. Many speculate that a big motivator behind these big-name political figures’ aggressive campaigning in the runoffs is to set themselves up for potential presidential bids in 2024. This has especially been said of Vice President Mike Pence now that Trump won’t have a second term in the White House, although a similar amount of speculation has emerged in recent weeks that Trump might try to run again in 2024.
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