With early voting starting on Monday in the Georgia Senate runoff races which match two incumbent Republican Senators — Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue — against their Democratic challengers, Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, there are signs that upper chamber of Congress could soon be in the hands of Democrats for the first time since 2015.
The most promising number for Democrats is in requests for absentee ballots, which tend to be preferred by progressive voters, according to 2018 Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams, who appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday and told host Jake Tapper 1.2 million mail ballots have already been requested:
“Democrats are prepared to win this election. This is the first runoff where we have the level of investment and engagement that it takes to win a runoff. We know from the numbers we are in a good place. 1.2 million absentee ballots have been requested thus far and just to put that into context 1.3 million were requested for all of the general election.”
The breakdown of who requested those ballots is also favorable to Democrats, Adams added:
“Of that 1.2 million 85,000 of those applications are from voters who did not vote in the general election and disproportionately between 18 and 29 and disproportionately people of color. That signals that we understand that we may need to make a plan to vote and deliver this election. What Donald Trump is doing, the disinformation is deeply problematic. I don’t know if he is going to help our harm his team. But we know that on our side of the conversation, we are pushing for leaders who will actually do the work of delivering covid relief to Georgia.”
Indeed, in recent remarks from Trump and some of his most fervent supporters, there have been calls to “destroy the GOP,” in addition to suggestions from the White House that the voting system in Georgia cannot be trusted and therefore the outcome of the runoff election is predetermined.
Democrats cannot take anything for granted in Georgia, but as was proven when Joe Biden won the state for the first time since Bill Clinton in 1992, when Democrats organize and get out the vote, anything can be accomplished.
Donald Trump has been sent into an early political retirement. Now it’s time to make Mitch McConnell powerless and irrelevant.