GOP Rep. Doug Collins urged Republicans voters to turn out for the Senate runoff election in Georgia in January amid concerns that they will be reluctant following a recount of the 2020 election results amid allegations of fraud.
“Down here in Georgia, for people across the country, they need to know that these two Senate seats hold the key to Chuck Schumer not becoming the majority leader in the United States Senate,’ Collins, who headed up President Trump’s recount efforts in the state, told John Catsimatidis in an interview on his radio show on WABC 770 that aired Sunday.
“And we’ve got to do everything we can so we don’t see the backwards trail of undoing that Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi would want to do to what’s happened in the last four years,” he added, referring to the Senate minority leader and House speaker.
Collins called on Republican voters to understand the voting laws to ensure their vote is tallied in the Jan. 5 runoff.
“Well I think the biggest thing in all of this is to focus on being involved in the election process. This election process showed that people had to be on guard, not just in the election time, but also in all times. If we see changes to how we administer absentee ballots, how we see changes administered to our voter rolls, people have to take advantage of that and watch that,” he said.
Incumbent GOP Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are being challenged by the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, respectively – races that could determine which party controls the Senate next year.
If Warnock and Ossoff prevail, the Senate would be split 50-50 with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris being the tie vote.
President-elect Joe Biden defeated Trump in Georgia, flipping the state the president won in 2016, and becoming the first Democrat in 28 years to win the Peach State.
Trump, who has claimed there was rampant fraud in Georgia, which certified election results for Biden on Nov. 20, said he will travel to the state to campaign for Loeffler and Perdue.
“Speaking of Georgia, we’re going there. I spoke with the two great senators today. I’ll probably be going on Saturday,” Trump told reporters at the White House during a Thanksgiving Day event.
The White House later clarified that he’s scheduled to be in Georgia on Dec. 5.
Biden is also heading to Georgia to support the Democratic candidates, his incoming White House chief of staff said.
“Winning those two Senate seats in Georgia is important, but we’re going to do everything we can to help those two candidates,” Ron Klain said last Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week.”
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