Biden, Trump warn of high stakes of Georgia Senate runoffs

Joe Biden and Donald Trump hold duelling rallies in Georgia on eve of crucial US Senate runoffs

The races feature Republican incumbent senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, both wealthy businesspeople-turned-politicians, against Black pastor Raphael Warnock and documentary producer Jon Ossoff. But he said the best way to counter that would be to vote in Tuesday's Senate run-off election.

Reporting from Atlanta, FRANCE 24's Kethevane Gorjestani said both races were tight with the polls showing Republican and Democrat candidates within the margin of error, making it hard to say which party had the edge. "What could be decisive is the turnout", she noted. But the president of the United States, which likes to think of itself as the world's greatest democracy, wants state officials to break the law and overturn the voters' decision.

Trump has taken criticism from some Republican lawmakers for his remarks on the call. Sen.

'There's no way we lost Georgia, ' Trump said to an adoring crowd, according to CBS News. "This is Donald Trump's party, and I am a Donald Trump Republican". Throughout most of his speech during this rally, he attacked again Georgian election officials. They do wonder if, by saying that the process is rigged, by questioning the way the vote was counted in November, it may discourage Republicans from coming out to vote.

He said the Trump administration had "gotten off to a god-awful start" with the slow rollout of the Covid-19 vaccines. "The president spends more time whining and complaining than doing something about the problem", he said.

US Congress will meet on January 6 to formally certify the Electoral College and Biden's victory. Biden beat Trump 306-232 in electoral votes and carried the popular vote by more than 7 million ballots.

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence campaigned at a Georgia megachurch earlier in the day, while Trump was due to hold a nighttime rally in north Georgia. "If he doesn't come through, I won't like him quite as much", Trump said.

This traditionally Republican state was won by Mr Biden in November's election - but there were no clear winners for the state's two Senate seats.

That has raised liberals' hopes for Warnock and Ossoff, although they face a tough battle in the still deeply conservative state. About 3 million have already voted. A Democratic sweep in the runoffs would lead to a 50-50 split, in which case, tie-breaking votes would go to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. That would make it easier for Biden to enact further coronavirus relief and tackle climate change, as Democrats also control the House of Representatives.

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None of the Senate candidates won a majority in the November 3 election, which spurred the runoff elections.

But Biden pulled out a shock victory here in November, one of several states that he flipped to win the White House, and the races for Senate have come down to the wire in the biggest, most expensive congressional runoffs in U.S. history.

Perdue, who is running for reelection in one of two Georgia Senate runoff elections Tuesday, responded to Raffensperger's apology request later Monday on Fox News's "Special Report," telling host Bret Baier that the death threats from others were not related to his call for the secretary of state to step down.

Democrats and election experts say Trump's efforts nearly certainly broke the law.

Gabriel Sterling, the voting system implementation manager of Georgia's secretary of state's office, speaks at a news conference at the State Capitol in Atlanta on Monday.

"To every member of Congress considering objecting to the election results, you can not - in light of this - do so with a clean conscience", Kinzinger added, speaking directly to a group of more than 100 representatives and a dozen senators who plan to challenge the official certification of the Electoral College results on Wednesday. The move has virtually no chance of overturning Biden's victory.

Like Trump, they touted unproven conspiracy theories that Democrats committed massive fraud to steal the vote.

"It's about literally life or death for communities all across this country", said Democratic strategist Antjuan Seawright.

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