RNC Chair Warns GA Voters Could Lose Faith in Electoral Integrity Ahead of Runoff
Could the cries of “fraud” work to dishearten Peach State voters?
As Joe Biden and Donald Trump continue to each claim victory in the 2020 election, there are another two races yet to be run in the Peach State, and they will determine the balance of the Senate in the coming year.
These two races were too close to call in November so, by Georgia law, they are headed to runoff elections to be held on January 5th of 2021. This means that the Peach State is now the center of the political universe, at least for a few more weeks, and there are bound to be a number of attempts to categorize Georgia Voters.
The chairwoman of the RNC is doing just that this week, worrying that voters in Atlanta and beyond could be disheartened by the recent insinuations that the electoral process here in the United States is unfair or easily manipulated.
Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel on Saturday held a pre-Georgia Senate runoff “meet and greet” at the Cobb County GOP office in Marietta, Georgia. CNN’s DJ Judd, who was on the scene, reported that a fair amount of the conversation during the event revolved around President Trump, rather than Sens. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.), who are both in competitive races to retain their seats in the upper chamber.
Voters in attendance reportedly wanted to hear about general election recount efforts across the country, and one person asked McDaniel why Georgia voters should “trust” the runoff elections when they’ve “already been decided.” McDaniel argued that they haven’t been decided, and, in fact, look hopeful for Republicans at the moment, adding that “if you lose your faith and you don’t vote … that will decide it.”
McDaniel’s assertions appeared effective.
McDaniel remained upbeat throughout, and appeared to have strong support from the crowd by the end when she received a round of applause after telling the audience Trump would want them to get out and vote for Loeffler and Perdue. But the doubt-filled question did appear to highlight some of the challenges the party will face as the Trump campaign continues to push unfounded allegations of voter fraud.
Voters in Georgia are likely to be assailed by the political machine in the coming days, which could drive undecided citizens away from the polls entirely – especially if they are already maintaining doubts about the value of their ballot.
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