Georgia’s Republican Senate candidates are backing Donald Trump’s call to distribute $2000 stimulus checks to Americans amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue have both previously stated they are in favor of the handout, but have again pushed for the payment ahead of their crucial Senate run-off races next Tuesday, January 5.
‘We have put together a robust legislative package that will benefit every Georgian and deliver $2,000 to those in need,’ Perdue and Loeffler said in a new statement obtained by WCTV.
Their push for the increased sum of money puts them at odds with many Republicans, who have endorsed a much smaller payment of $600.
However, the $2,000 amount is likely to make the pair more appealing to voters – which is crucial given that both of their races are expected to come down to the wire.
Loeffler is taking on the Rev. Raphael Warnock, while Perdue is facing off against Jon Ossoff.
Georgia’s Republican Senate candidates Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are backing Donald Trump’s call to distribute $2000 stimulus checks to Americans amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
Loeffler is taking on the Rev. Raphael Warnock (left), while Perdue is facing off against Jon Ossoff (right)
Republican control of the Senate hinges on Perdue and Loeffler winning the run-offs.
If Warnock and Ossoff both manage to eke out victories, it will create a 50/50 split in the Senate, and provide incoming Vice President Kamala Harris with the deciding vote.
That would give Democrats control of the White House and both chambers of Congress, leaving Trump’s MAGA legacy in tatters.
Trump is keenly aware of that risk, and has confirmed he will travel to Georgia on Monday to support Loeffler and Perdue.
Biden will also be in the Peach State Monday, lending some star power to Warnock and Ossoff’s rallies.
In recent months, Biden and his team have steered at least $18 million to help Ossoff and Warnock try to unseat the Republican senators.
Biden will also be in the Peach State Monday, lending some star power to Warnock and Ossoff’s rallies. He is pictured with Warnock at a rally in Atlanta last month
Biden’s campaign manager and incoming White House deputy chief of staff, Jen O’Malley Dillon, confirmed the figures to the Associated Press on Saturday.
The money includes about $6 million in staff and voter data support and $12 million in fundraising for the two campaigns.
The president-elect and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris also have recorded robocalls to blanket the state ahead of Tuesday. The pair has planned media interviews in markets across Georgia, including morning and late-afternoon ‘drive-time’ radio on Election Day.
Republicans face considerable pressure to maximize their expected Election Day advantage to make up for an apparent repeat of Democrats’ success in early voting turnout in November’s election.
‘This is a turnout election, and the Democrats are turning out their votes,’ Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, warned a GOP crowd Saturday in Cumming, an Atlanta suburb where he campaigned with Loeffler.
Meanwhile, Trump tweeted Saturday morning urging his followers to get behind the two GOP Senate candidates as he announced he was traveling south to help the candidates.
‘Will be in Georgia on Monday night, 9:00 P.M. to RALLY for two GREAT people, @sendavidperdue & @kloeffler. GET READY TO VOTE ON TUESDAY!!!’ he tweeted Saturday morning.
Meanwhile, Trump tweeted Saturday morning urging his followers to get behind the two GOP Senate candidates as he announced he was traveling south to help the candidates
Donald Trump will be in Georgia on Monday stumping for Loeffler and Perdue
However, the president has consistently called into question the legitimacy of the runoff races.
In a Twitter rant on New Year’s Day, Trump claimed the whole of Georgia’s election is ‘not legal or constitutional’ due to ‘massive’ changes to the voting process he says were made ‘hastily’ in the run up to the presidential election.
Trump specifically took aim at the Georgia ‘consent decree’ – a bipartisan agreement reached in March by state Democratic and Republican officials that determined standards for validating signatures on absentee ballots.
He also continued to push unfounded claims of widespread election fraud saying without evidence that there was ‘massive corruption’ in the 2020 election in the Twitter thread that was marked with a ‘disputed’ warning by the platform.
Trump’s swipes at Georgia is fueling fears among the GOP that it will dissuade his supporters from voting in the crucial runoffs on Tuesday,
Georgia Republicans including Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan are warning him he is damaging Loeffler and Perdue’s chances.
In a Twitter rant on New Year’s Day, Trump claimed the whole of Georgia’s election is ‘not legal or constitutional’ due to ‘massive’ changes to the voting process he says were made ‘hastily’ in the run up to the presidential election
Loeffler is increasing her visibility on the campaign trail ahead of Trump’s arrival in the state
Meanwhile, Loeffler is increasing her visibility on the campaign trail ahead of Trump’s arrival in the state.
She held a campaign rally Saturday joined by Texas Senator Ted Cruz in Cumming, Georgia.
Perdue meanwhile announced Thursday he was in quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19 by a staff member.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Ossoff was also on the trail holding a speech to a crowd of supporters at a Get Out The Vote rally in Stone Mountain.
Ossoff speaks to a crowd of supporters Saturday in the days before the Senate runoffs where he takes on Perdue
Ossoff and Warnock are pictured together at a campaign event last month