There are two races in Georgia’s Senate runoff that could determine whether Republicans keep control of the chamber, or if Democrats take over the Senate.
According to an NPR report written on Saturday, the state’s Republicans are worried that their own party’s attack on election integrity and the democratic process could lead to them losing in the runoff.
“The state’s Republican election officials have repeatedly asserted there’s been no evidence of widespread fraud,” reported Emma Hurt. “But incumbent Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler have called on Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to resign without evidence. President Trump has also criticized Raffensperger and called out Republican Governor Brian Kemp, who received Trump’s endorsement in 2018.”
GOP officials in the state are reportedly scared that the “mixed messaging” attacking the integrity of the voting process for allowing Joe Biden to win the state could suppress Republican turnout at the worst possible moment.
“We could be handing Chuck Schumer control of the Senate by the Republican disarray,” said right-wing talk radio host Erick Erickson. “It’s a little bit frustrating to see the Republicans squabbling with each other over this when frankly there’s no sign that the election was stolen in Georgia.” GOP strategist Brian Robinson agreed, saying, “You’re seeing many Republicans now speaking out and saying, ‘If we undermine faith in our election system, if we tell people that perhaps their votes didn’t count, we are going to suppress our own vote.’”
Perdue and Loeffler, both of whom are tainted by stock-trading scandals, are facing Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock.