Democrats are emboldened as the legislative session starts Monday. The political infrastructure Abrams built over the past decade has reaped rewards for her party, and the Senate candidate she recruited, Raphael Warnock, defeated Kemp’s appointee to the seat.

With proposals to limit absentee ballots papering the Statehouse, a divisive fight over voting rules awaits. It could be even more fraught after Georgians watched in horror as a vengeful pro-Trump mob fueled by the president’s claims of voter fraud besieged the U.S. Capitol.

Facing a rift within the state GOP, state House Speaker David Ralston said the party needs to remember that government is “at its best when it is working for our people and we address fundamental issues that make people’s lives better.” (Alyssa Pointer / Alyssa.Pointer@ajc.com)

Facing a rift within the state GOP, state House Speaker David Ralston said the party needs to remember that government is “at its best when it is working for our people and we address fundamental issues that make people’s lives better.” (Alyssa Pointer / [email protected])

Credit: Alyssa Pointer / [email protected]

Credit: Alyssa Pointer / [email protected]

Some leading GOP voices are focused on rebuilding the party’s brand. House Speaker David Ralston said his “focus is not on looking back, but on looking forward.” He was talking about a ballot access debate, but his words echoed more broadly.

Others crowed that Trump’s shadow looms longer than ever.

“You can’t blame the president for the runoff losses,” said state Sen. Burt Jones, who was singled out by Trump for applause at his December rally in Valdosta for backing efforts to overturn Georgia’s election results.

“It’s a mistake to think his support in the GOP is lagging,” Jones said. “I don’t feel like he cost them anything. And he’s got a very passionate following that has staying power.”

The GOP rifts are deepening as politicians and the rest of Georgia rebound from an election cycle that ended with victories by Warnock and Jon Ossoff — and gird for a new round of votes in 2022.

The next election cycle may as well have begun the day after the runoffs, and this time every statewide constitutional office is up for grabs, along with the U.S. Senate seat Warnock now holds.

Democrats are eager to exert some extra muscle. They talk of challenging leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature with proposals to increase access to affordable health care and boost funding for public health systems that strained under the pandemic.

“The writing is on the wall for Republicans. The results of the elections are undeniable. The face of the state is changing,” said Michelle Au, a physician and Democrat who won a Gwinnett County-based state Senate seat long held, until 2018, by a Republican.

“I’m not naïve to the fact that Republicans still hold the majority in the Legislature. But we should remember that change comes slowly — then all of a sudden,” Au said. “These elections were a harbinger.”

Michelle Au, a Gwinnett County Democrat set to begin her first term in the state Senate, said "the face of the state is changing." She said the 2020 elections, including last week's U.S. Senate runoffs, "were a harbinger" that more change could be coming quickly.

Michelle Au, a Gwinnett County Democrat set to begin her first term in the state Senate, said “the face of the state is changing.” She said the 2020 elections, including last week’s U.S. Senate runoffs, “were a harbinger” that more change could be coming quickly.

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Credit: TheCOLCollection

Few Democrats have cobbled together as many bipartisan successes under the Gold Dome as state Rep. Scott Holcomb of Atlanta, who expressed hope that his party’s victories will convince GOP leaders that more — not less — consensus is needed. Still, he added, he’s a realist.

“It makes for a more volatile year. Overall, I’m pessimistic about the chances for broad-based legislation,” Holcomb said. “I hope I’m wrong, but there’s a lot of challenges ahead. And Republicans need to figure out who they want to be going forward.”

Many across the political aisle would agree with him on that latter point.

Former U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland called for change at the top ranks of the state GOP, which is led by David Shafer, after Trump’s narrow loss in Georgia and the party’s two Senate candidates went down in flames. Shafer prominently backed Trump’s efforts to overturn the results.

“We need somebody to bring all these different factions together,” said Westmoreland, a Republican who decided not to stand for election in 2016 after six terms representing a west Georgia district.

“One of the reasons I left Congress is we have a group of Republicans who had to get everything they wanted in legislation or they blocked us from doing anything,” he said. “We couldn’t move the ball forward.”

Westmoreland, who has been a Statehouse lobbyist during recent sessions of the General Assembly, said he’s now worried the same gridlock in Washington has seeped deeper into state politics.

Democrats’ victories in November and January — their first statewide wins since 2006 — were due to an impressive ground game that targeted, registered and mobilized like-minded voters in record numbers.

But they also were helped by the stew of distractions and falsehoods concocted by Trump. His false claims of a “rigged” election sent conflicting messages to his base. His rallies focused far more on his November grievances and attacks on Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger than the fate of the U.S. Senate. And his ceaseless loyalty tests put the GOP incumbents in constant fear of his backlash.

“Trump’s closing argument was, ‘I’m going to work against Brian Kemp and Brad Raffensperger,’ ” said Lauren Groh-Wargo, a top aide to Abrams. “For people who care about facts and actually want this pandemic to be over, to keep hospitals open, to provide jobs — that message isn’t going to win them over.”

Retiring state Rep. Scot Turner lives in Cherokee County, Georgia’s most important Republican-controlled bastion, where Trump’s overwhelming victory four years ago came with an undercurrent of concern that would haunt the GOP.

Retiring state Rep. Scot Turner, R-Holly Springs, said his party needs to focus on issues that most affect Georgians. “If the Republican Party sticks with messages that help get people educated, go to work, stay healthy and live their lives in a free manner, I think they’ll be OK," he said. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

Retiring state Rep. Scot Turner, R-Holly Springs, said his party needs to focus on issues that most affect Georgians. “If the Republican Party sticks with messages that help get people educated, go to work, stay healthy and live their lives in a free manner, I think they’ll be OK,” he said. BOB ANDRES / [email protected]

The county gave Trump and Perdue nearly 100,000 votes in November, a GOP vote total that trailed only three more populous — and solidly Democratic — metro Atlanta counties. But Trump’s margins in Cherokee fell from 71% in 2016 to about two-thirds in November.

Turner isn’t surprised by the president’s soft underbelly in this hardened conservative stronghold. Turner noted it was a “big red flag” when he got more votes than Trump in his district in 2016. Four years later, even the county’s tax commissioner outpolled Trump.

“This is the person who takes your money from you — and she did better than him,” he said, stressing the need for a messaging reboot.

“If the Republican Party sticks with messages that help get people educated, go to work, stay healthy and live their lives in a free manner, I think they’ll be OK,” Turner said.

Ralston, too, said government is “at its best when it is working for our people and we address fundamental issues that make people’s lives better.”

Still, he and other bipartisan leaders have uttered such crowd-pleasing rhetoric before, only to forcefully back issues that stoke deep partisan divides.

Westmoreland, the former congressman, said unifying voices are needed to fill the chasm in the post-Trump era. But uniting a splintered GOP is a thankless task, particularly when the chasm between Republican elected officials and the grassroots base is so wide.

“There’s a void, and somebody’s got to step up and say that we need to get together and make sure we’re united,” he said. “But who wants to take it on? It’s kind of like being the guy in the parade walking behind the elephants with the broom and a shovel.”

Former U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland says the state GOP needs changes at its highest levels, adding that a unifying voice is needed. But he added that it's a difficult task. "It’s kind of like being the guy in the parade walking behind the elephants with the broom and a shovel,” he said. BOB ANDRES  /BANDRES@AJC.COM

Former U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland says the state GOP needs changes at its highest levels, adding that a unifying voice is needed. But he added that it’s a difficult task. “It’s kind of like being the guy in the parade walking behind the elephants with the broom and a shovel,” he said. BOB ANDRES /[email protected]

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Credit: Bob Andres

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Another 7,000 early ballots are pending from Coffee County, a more Republican area."},{"_id":"QYSDXTEKV5DA7FPSEE5VZZ7K5I","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151651},"content":"Additional ballots remained to be tallied in other large counties, including Cobb, Fulton and Gwinnett in the metro Atlanta area."},{"_id":"LZL7X4RZRFEINGQ7SKY6KAP7NA","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151652},"content":"”What we have outstanding will likely be leaning Democrat,” said Gabriel Sterling, voting system manager for the secretary of state’s office."},{"_id":"36RLVD4V2RGO7CV2QW6Y7LK7CM","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151653},"content":"In Fulton County, election officials reported that cars blocked poll workers from returning absentee ballots that had been picked up from drop boxes, Sterling said. The ballots arrived, but they were delayed. Details of the incident weren’t immediately clear."},{"_id":"SRU22DR6BBE4JEJR2HZRQSVP4E","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151654},"content":"”It’s a contentious time. We want people to be patient,” Sterling said."},{"_id":"QQPFQAPUZJDLVPMFRIF5LE2L6Y","type":"header","level":3,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151655},"content":"11:30 p.m."},{"_id":"NHNCI7LXY5GV3ERA6BM5NTYASA","type":"header","level":3,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151656},"content":"Warnock, Perdue overperforming their “running mates”"},{"_id":"KBWSZQ624RCUNKUYMEVAN6VDZM","type":"header","level":3,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151657},"content":"By Greg Bluestein"},{"_id":"4QUJMGSTSZEZRPL2OC2NC6RQQ4","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151658},"content":"Right now, Raphael Warnock is outperforming Jon Ossoff by about 20,000 votes, and David Perdue is outperforming fellow Republican Kelly Loeffler by roughly the same margin."},{"_id":"RTZPLRZS3ZCWDMLBE3GEHKYHWI","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151659},"content":"Why? For one thing, Perdue is more of a name-brand in the Georgia GOP, with a 2014 win under his belt, while Loeffler was appointed to the job by Gov. Brian Kemp in 2019. Some Republicans may still favor her vanquished rival, ex-Congressman Doug Collins, over her."},{"_id":"G6E6XRQZOVCGHM2SG7QW3L5Z6I","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151660},"content":"As for Ossoff, Democratic strategists long thought he would trail Warnock slightly, in part because the Atlanta pastor has a longer history of political activism and entrenched support in the African-American community."},{"_id":"WHQOSDBNMFENPIX475XE7EIX6Y","type":"header","level":3,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151661},"content":"11:25 p.m."},{"_id":"4F3JKNFEDJCKZEPJUVC5YDABTI","type":"header","level":2,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151662},"content":"More outlets call race for Warnock, but nothing yet from major networks"},{"_id":"4CQRFANO6FD5ZPBS2NJWW2H3ZE","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151663},"content":"Analysts at Decision Desk HQ and Vox have declared Democrat Raphael Warnock the winner of the Georgia special election against U.S. Sen. 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The county, one of the bluest in the state, is expected to deliver a trove of Democratic votes to Warnock and Jon Ossoff."},{"_id":"NLYGP2RTAZBNPNCGX36Y7TE4JM","type":"header","level":3,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151666},"content":"11:15 p.m."},{"_id":"2BWZGKXUBZBQHOM43UTAHWH22M","type":"header","level":2,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151667},"content":"The latest from Cobb"},{"_id":"K73ODTNGRBBIXAEL5ZII37NILA","type":"header","level":3,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151668},"content":"By Meris Lutz"},{"_id":"KHGQTHNOPVH6JIMMHDLLYGWTKI","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151669},"content":"In Cobb County, where 56% of voters backed Joe Biden in November, both Democratic Senate candidates maintained leads in unofficial early returns."},{"_id":"U3QSAZSGBBBCNFOLFARMJBVT6U","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151670},"content":"There was no evidence of a statistically significant number of split-ticket ballots in these early results."},{"_id":"GCE6RK4K6VAVFMU2DZ4UN7D5TY","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151671},"content":"By 11 p.m., election workers had tallied more than 300,000 votes with only a small number of precincts outstanding. The remaining absentee ballots are scheduled to be tallied Wednesday."},{"_id":"XCPB2LFDMZA47EYFOGK2XBOHOI","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151672},"content":"As of January 4, Cobb had issued 146,905 absentee mail ballots and accepted 121,302 that were returned. Another 114,000 people cast early in-person ballots."},{"_id":"DMV3NG3Z6JALZHBOJJLANTCNQA","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151673},"content":"For comparison, in November, about 135,000 absentee mail ballots were cast and 174,000 people cast early in-person. More than 390,000 total votes were cast in November ."},{"_id":"GLQ4ARAHNVEB7AC5VPGYEUOMMA","type":"header","level":3,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151674},"content":"10:45 p.m."},{"_id":"TSQXVDICIZE35OI4ADNBDX3XJM","type":"header","level":2,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151675},"content":"All eyes on DeKalb County"},{"_id":"MMS5OVEFIBCMHOZF77UBF5QICM","type":"header","level":3,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151676},"content":"By Wilborn P. 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Several drop box and mail ballots were submitted today and they’re still processing those ballots, he said."},{"type":"oembed_response","subtype":"twitter","_id":"HHWUJYVQEBHL3KUSW5OFCG4Y4Y","raw_oembed":{"url":"https://twitter.com/WilNobles/status/1346631530521776129","author_name":"Wilborn P. Nobles III","author_url":"https://twitter.com/WilNobles","html":"

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Deal died in a December car accident ahead of a campaign event in Savannah, and Kemp asked the crowd to hold his memory in their hearts."},{"_id":"DUHENGQ4ARC7BJVHGZCZF476HQ","type":"header","level":3,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151736},"content":"8:50 p.m."},{"_id":"QGQOP5MAN5ENRGFGDGP3JWLNOI","type":"header","level":2,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151737},"content":"The 30-30 rule and why it’s so important to Democrats"},{"_id":"6AJFHG6OTZECJPFHI7R7SJ2SHA","type":"header","level":3,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151738},"content":"By Greg Bluestein and Patricia Murphy"},{"_id":"LTIPAR6DCBGL7PE233K4SZU3XI","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151739},"content":"No, it’s not a reference to the vaunted baseball standard of hitting 30 home runs and swiping 30 bases. For Georgia Democrats, it’s another important metric."},{"_id":"MOTZ45WVK5DFRFX4LPUY7GJ47Y","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151740},"content":"Since Republicans began their rise to power in Georgia two decades ago, Democrats have longed to reach a dual threshold: capturing 30% of the white vote and achieving a Black participation rate of 30% of the overall turnout."},{"_id":"X3L5TNJTNVBBNBEUCMQ36CI45Q","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151741},"content":"In 2016, they didn’t come too close. Exit polls showed Hillary Clinton won about 21% of white voters while Black turnout hit 28%. But Biden more or less hit the 30-30 goal in November."},{"_id":"A54JMV6TLVB37OEVIZZGHMTD6I","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151742},"content":"Exit polls suggest Biden won 30% of white voters. And an analysis by the Democratic firm TargetSmart showed Black voters made up roughly 29% of the vote. TargetSmart also found that the proportion of white voters decreased from roughly 66% in 2016 to 63% in 2020."},{"_id":"NRBHOI7XQBBY7P4WKYURXXFUPA","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151743},"content":"Re-creating that coalition won’t be easy for Georgia Democrats, particularly since African American voters are typically less likely to cast ballots in statewide runoffs. And without Trump on the ballot, Democrats may be less energized to turn out in droves."},{"_id":"GWD7K7PDBZDXXD3U7AURWECH7U","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151744},"content":"Still, Ossoff and Warnock have reason to be optimistic. An AJC analysis of the more than 3 million ballots already cast shows that Black voters made up a higher portion of voters so far than in the presidential election."},{"_id":"SCVVSWJ2BFHRHODJBL6MFESSPM","type":"header","level":3,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151745},"content":"8:35 p.m."},{"_id":"6JJ4UJ2UI5CONGEGB5PBXN2T5A","type":"header","level":2,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151746},"content":"Why David Perdue can blame Sonny Perdue for his runoff"},{"_id":"UAXVKG4QV5BZXKO2HAGTC3AZ5E","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151747},"content":"If Georgia were like most other states, David Perdue would have already been sworn in for his second Senate term."},{"_id":"SBNRCFTUNFCTZNTBPKT24PI23A","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151748},"content":"The Republican incumbent edged out Jon Ossoff by about 2 percentage points in November."},{"_id":"KVIVXBQZ5REZRB3H72INGPDSW4","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151749},"content":"In other states, which operate under a plurality voting system, the candidate with the most votes wins. But because of Georgia’s unique runoff system, which requires the winner of a general election (or primary) to receive the majority of the votes cast, Perdue was sucked into an expensive, draining overtime battle against Ossoff."},{"_id":"EWZ2K3B3NZEPNM2Z26T2HQUHKA","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151750},"content":"Perdue can partially blame his first cousin, former Gov. Sonny Perdue, for the rules of the road."},{"_id":"4DCUXAJN3NBZLFFEABOCBKWEGE","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151751},"content":"In the 1990s, Georgia Democrats changed the law to make it easier for candidates to avoid runoffs by lowering the winning threshold from 50% to 45%. (That came after Republican Paul Coverdell upset Democratic incumbent Wyche Fowler in the 1992 Senate race.) Republicans reversed that decision when they took over the legislature in 2005 and reinstalled the majority vote requirement. The governor who signed that into law: Sonny Perdue."},{"_id":"ALTGQBWQFJGODGXEIK3YAYCKHU","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151752},"content":"Since then, there’s been little discussion of changing the rules, especially with the GOP holding all major offices and carrying all past statewide runoffs. But we wonder if that will change should Perdue or U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler lose their reelection bids."},{"_id":"634VK5GHBRHRDKCRII22NHTJKM","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151753},"content":"Read more about the fighting over Georgia’s runoff system here."},{"_id":"7FS2CR7YU5D6ZLWPLDLLX6VSA4","type":"header","level":3,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151754},"content":"8:15 p.m."},{"_id":"NBYLFP4F4FAKVHJKT3R4M7XNGA","type":"header","level":2,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151755},"content":"Some of the questions we’re pondering"},{"_id":"CUD2Q7C5DJHINBUSQ5PODOPUGY","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151756},"content":"If you haven’t already, check out Greg Bluestein and Patricia Murphy’s post from earlier about the biggest questions of the day. Among them: Will President Donald Trump’s loyalists vote in a ‘rigged’ election? Who wins the turnout game? And will anyone actually concede?"},{"_id":"UZK5JO66BFGMPPKOSVZGVYPSWU","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151757},"content":"As we wait for election returns, here are a few others we’re thinking about:"},{"_id":"TTMOJTF6LNH53PF5G5HCSMQWD4","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151758},"content":"-Without President Donald Trump on ballot, what will turnout look like? A full 69% of Joe Biden voters in Georgia said they supported him in November mainly to voice their disapproval of Trump, according to exit polls. Without a presidential race at the top of the ticket, do those anti-Trump voters turn back out?"},{"_id":"JDKLBNA22BFH7EAKCJS7KUE7GM","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151759},"content":"-Do we see a significant number of split-ticket voters? There is evidence that a notable number of voters in suburban Atlanta split their tickets, a dynamic that likely helped David Perdue in November. Did those voters turn out again for Perdue (and presumably Loeffler) for the runoffs?"},{"_id":"C4654UBBDRGMXCEVHCJ7CEM4D4","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151760},"content":"-On a similar note, could we see many voters split their ticket between Kelly Loeffler and Jon Ossoff (or vice-versa)? The dynamic is unlikely, since Perdue/Loeffler and Ossoff/Warnock have essentially run as packaged deals for the last nine weeks. But with election results expected to be tight, even a few thousands voters could be enough to swing the races."},{"_id":"YB72WTZRDNHUTIAJKWEQN5IFBM","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151761},"content":"-What’s the impact of this weekend’s extraordinary phone call between Trump and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which the president asked for his Georgia defeat to be overturned? Could that hurt the GOP brand in wealthy, well-educated suburbs like Johns Creek, Raffensperger’s home base?"},{"_id":"HF35O47DCRD5RFNBECDUQPYXEQ","type":"header","level":3,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151762},"content":"7:50 p.m."},{"_id":"JVO57TNSAVEIHN57XATOROEEIQ","type":"header","level":2,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151763},"content":"The scene at the GOP watch party"},{"_id":"RRXXHDTU45FB7AC7XO6AEQPQZA","type":"header","level":3,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151764},"content":"By Greg Bluestein"},{"_id":"CHV6YNR65BEB3JACMLNXDBALWU","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151765},"content":"At the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead, the booze was flowing and Fox News featured on big screens dotting a posh ballroom."},{"_id":"KLRYT3WVSFEJPJYLJXFSZUE34Q","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151766},"content":"At least two dozen cameras were trained on an empty stage at the front of the room, and it’s uncertain whether U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler will speak. She’s ensconced in a hotel room upstairs, and U.S. Sen. David Perdue isn’t here - still self-isolating after being exposed to a staffer who contracted the coronavirus."},{"_id":"BSJGK4ISWBAZRH7Y2KZKZ3WMKU","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151767},"content":"About 100 operatives wandered the floor, some wearing masks and others bare-faced, munching on shrimp skewers, pimento mac-and-cheese fritters and spicy chicken empanadas. Three bars sold pricey imported beers and mixed drinks. In smaller side rooms, Republican elected officials and big-time donors gathered for more exclusive gatherings far from our prying eyes."},{"_id":"2O2UG7TAZZHTVFPAE3F2CYBXTY","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151768},"content":"Democrats aren’t holding an in-person gathering tonight due to COVID-19, and neither Raphael Warnock nor Jon Ossoff have announced any Zoom events since final results are expected to be slow to arrive."},{"_id":"UB25AAFQPBGQPNZ47MC52PT72A","type":"header","level":3,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151769},"content":"7:25 p.m."},{"_id":"PZWQKODZDJAO3JPLNIB4K6ZA6Q","type":"header","level":2,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151770},"content":"Ballot counting updates from Fulton and Cobb"},{"_id":"WLAAZHTXANDVDFWNTVYAMIGSDM","type":"header","level":3,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151771},"content":"By Stephen Deere and Meris Lutz"},{"_id":"EMQZ4QHNZVEWFEI6SIHSE3WMJI","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151772},"content":"Fulton County is expected to do a preliminary release of early voting results by 8 p.m. that will be updated throughout the night, elections chief Richard Barron told county election board members at a Tuesday night meeting shortly before polls closed."},{"_id":"RI7XJI25CJEFNCG3XTZ6FSO4XM","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151773},"content":"Barron said he expected voter turnout to be above 450,000. About 528,000 Fulton County residents voted in the November general election."},{"_id":"TPQY7YUEUZEJZIBUPPXSHSBZGM","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151774},"content":"“For a runoff, this is pretty impressive,” Barron said."},{"_id":"KSN6GQMR5NEIFBRGZRM6Y4SFYE","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151775},"content":"He said that he told election board employees to expect to keep counting votes until 2 a.m. or until the Georgia Secretary of State sent them home."},{"_id":"GDVKTNMKQBGJLOJIRXFF2EJJ4A","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151776},"content":"Of the 450,000 ballots cast, more than 70,000 were on election day, Barron said."},{"_id":"6ZW4ZJJAAFBRLDE5WH77CP727M","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151777},"content":"Meanwhile, Cobb will allow observers in starting at 8 p.m., when tabulation begins at the county’s main elections office."},{"_id":"445YCVMWFBDOHLMB7MYXIR7YWA","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151778},"content":"The county said it will not finish counting ballots tonight. It plans to resume counting absentee ballots tomorrow at 1 p.m."},{"_id":"TNN4AEM74NA4XJRTFJ5HJKS6HU","type":"header","level":3,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151779},"content":"7:00 p.m."},{"_id":"AU2N45MAXBCEBOIZJDYRGETX5I","type":"header","level":2,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151780},"content":"Most polling places close"},{"_id":"K7KX2WU2ABBAPBHEYUAWU3RI3U","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151781},"content":"Voting has now ended in most precincts in Georgia, capping a relatively drama-free 12 hours of in-person election day voting."},{"_id":"IV5T5SQ4K5DPLEK35FKJ4YOGVE","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151782},"content":"Polling places in a handful of Georgia counties will stay open late to accommodate voters who may have been held up by problems earlier in the day, our colleague Mark Niesse reports."},{"_id":"VZQ3RDA63ZGERC4NCCIHXE4VBI","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151783},"content":"Gabriel Sterling, the state’s voting system manager, said the average wait time today was 1 minute."},{"_id":"BN4JSRTW3NAHLNBSXIKY35QBFQ","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151784},"content":"Polling places were being held open late in some precincts in Columbia, Tift, Cobb and elsewhere to make up for delays earlier in the day."},{"_id":"H6C44PGFPZG3NDIDNWSPVNSUHE","type":"header","level":3,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609889952396},"content":"6:40 p.m."},{"_id":"57A56U3LH5EAPIKAW7SRWQNHEQ","type":"header","level":2,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151786},"content":"Campaign operatives jittery before polls close"},{"_id":"PPG2LQBMGBCUVO3XDANWXGYXDY","type":"header","level":3,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609889952405},"content":"By Greg Bluestein"},{"_id":"HYVD3UGVVBEE3PU7FNMG53TQWQ","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151788},"content":"Campaign operatives were awash in a see-saw of emotions in the final hour of voting."},{"_id":"5LVJJIQPCBB4TCL276ZO76CF5Y","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151789},"content":"Texts alternated between boasts about high turnout in a Democratic stronghold and evidence of robust participation in a middle Georgia precinct. Some Republicans were jubilant, others despondent. Democrats had the same nervous energy, with some campaign hands overjoyed and others fretting about light turnout in this or that district."},{"_id":"UTYWHT5KGZFY7GOKRDYTOAMSF4","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151790},"content":"The truth is, no one is quite sure yet what the election day turnout numbers will deliver - and which party stands to gain. President Donald Trump’s visit to northwest Georgia was designed to energize Republican voters, and there was anecdotal evidence of long lines and steady voting. But many of those Republicans might have been planning to vote on runoff day all along. The same could be same about precincts around metro Atlanta, where President-elect Joe Biden made a last-ditch appeal on Monday."},{"_id":"YR5SFOPQ7JFCXMDQYMGIG5427A","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609913151791},"content":"Hang in there, folks"},{"_id":"2AHWL4GCDIKRPPSQWKAXQDKXRM","additional_properties":{"fullSizeResizeUrl":"/photo/resize/D81wMYQqf-U648dpX4bO92ORHxM=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/2AHWL4GCDIKRPPSQWKAXQDKXRM.JPG","galleries":[{"headlines":{"basic":"PHOTOS: Final campaign rallies before Georgia Senate runoff elections"},"_id":"35GGA5CF4VF2ZKYG5GGQM7RYOI"}],"iptc_job_identifier":"5feb84816567a45aa6220654","iptc_title":"Multimedia Journalist","keywords":["dalton","election","georgia","loeffler","perdue","senate","trump","AJC Freelancer"],"mime_type":"image/jpeg","originalName":"s3://ajc-arc-photo-integration/Freelancer/AAJC 010521 TRUMP SENATE 011.JPG","originalUrl":"https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/2AHWL4GCDIKRPPSQWKAXQDKXRM.JPG","proxyUrl":"/photo/resize/D81wMYQqf-U648dpX4bO92ORHxM=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/2AHWL4GCDIKRPPSQWKAXQDKXRM.JPG","published":true,"resizeUrl":"http://thumbor-prod-us-east-1.photo.aws.arc.pub/D81wMYQqf-U648dpX4bO92ORHxM=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/2AHWL4GCDIKRPPSQWKAXQDKXRM.JPG","restricted":false,"takenOn":"2021-01-05T03:19:22Z","thumbnailResizeUrl":"/resizer/h87mRpO45pSvVDbsQRKm33qmUuo=/300x0/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/2AHWL4GCDIKRPPSQWKAXQDKXRM.JPG","usage_instructions":"AJC STAFF","version":2,"comments":[],"_id":"I7LRVNZMTVCLJP37H53F6YFQ2E"},"address":{"region":"Georgia"},"caption":"1/4/21 - Dalton, GA - President Donald Trump holds a rally in Dalton, GA, to campaign for Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler on the eve of the special election which will determine control of the U.S. Senate. 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They’re home to many Black voters, whose turnout the party is heavily depending on to unseat U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. Clayton, located in the congressional district once represented by the late John Lewis, helped push Joe Biden beyond Donald Trump in Georgia this November. DeKalb often provides the state’s largest trove of Democratic votes. And Rockdale, along with neighboring Henry county, had the country’s largest Democratic swing between 2016 and 2020."},{"_id":"5RFWQPWIPVHSPKZ23SNHFZC7VQ","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609889952399},"content":"Forsyth and Cherokee: What Clayton and Dekalb are for Democrats, Forsyth and Cherokee are to the GOP. Loeffler and Perdue need to rack up votes in these exurban Atlanta counties to offset Democratic gains in the closer-in suburbs. Both counties are densely populated and deeply conservative, but Biden was able to chip away at Republican dominance there in November. Trump won Forsyth, which is at the heart of the newly-competitive 7th Congressional District, by 33 percentage points in the general election (compared to his 48-point win there four years ago). In Cherokee, Trump won by 39 points in November (he won by 50 percentage points in 2016)."},{"_id":"ZK5BKCFWXVEMFGJK7JSY5MNVXI","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609889952400},"content":"Gwinnett and Cobb: These are two once deep-red counties that are now on the front lines of changing Georgia. Both have experienced exploding population growth in recent years, fueled by an influx of people of color and immigrants. Biden easily carried both counties in November. But there are signs that there were a decent number of voters, especially in Cobb, who split their votes between Biden and Republican Senate candidates. Will those voters turnout without Trump on the ballot?"},{"_id":"6S5HW6XLLFAGPHBWBWZFYLMKM4","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609889952401},"content":"Whitfield: Bordering Tennessee in far northwest Georgia, Whitfield is no doubt a Republican stronghold. But it’s also been hard-hit by COVID-19. Voter participation has lagged other parts of the state, which is why Trump made a beeline for Dalton, where he held a boisterous rally yesterday to drive support for Loeffler and Perdue. Was his effort enough to spike election day turnout, or did Trump supporters stay home, fearing the election was rigged?"},{"_id":"XYJSOK35U5G37CKE6FI76RIFYA","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609889952402},"content":"Peach: As our colleague Greg Bluestein reported in October, this middle Georgia county is one of the state’s few bellwethers. The county’s voters have picked the eventual presidential winner in all but two elections since 1992. One of those exceptions was in November, when voters backed Trump over Biden by more than 4 percentage points. Biden won the state by less than 12,000 votes."},{"_id":"4NIEN2EPNJAGPPZEBURP4NQJJU","type":"header","level":3,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609889952403},"content":"6:00 p.m."},{"_id":"B6FOXGCFBBELVG4SW2AH3KDFG4","type":"header","level":2,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609889952404},"content":"Few problems reported at the polls today"},{"_id":"PPG2LQBMGBCUVO3XDANWXGYXDY","type":"header","level":3,"additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609889952405},"content":"By Mark Niesse"},{"_id":"HAM5YKLEKVEWJCRQ4XZLT7K4QE","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609889952406},"content":"A handful of polling places will stay open late across Georgia, but for the most part lines moved quickly and there were few problems for election day voters."},{"_id":"RFI6YZ6YAZDH5BKPU3M4ZDHUJA","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609889952407},"content":"Average wait times hovered around 1 minute for most of the day, according to the secretary of state’s office. Several polling places stumbled with voting equipment problems when voting began, but those issues were resolved."},{"_id":"5RFYQNDFXRCY3N3OWODPC54UIE","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609889952408},"content":"Election officials reported steady turnout, but it won’t be clear how many people voted Tuesday until ballots are counted. During the presidential election, about 988,000 people voted on Nov. 3."},{"_id":"FGBXWZFQ3RCIJMICO3AMR6CKKQ","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609889952409},"content":"The most significant problems occurred in Columbia County, where voters in some precincts had to fill out paper emergency ballots because of problems with voting equipment. Keys to start up ballot scanners and poll worker access cards needed to operate voting touchscreens weren’t programmed correctly. The issues were resolved by 10 a.m."},{"_id":"CJEKBIAEAVDYLFPTTDJSYS3F5A","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609889952410},"content":"Polling places were being held open late in Columbia, Tift and Cobb counties to make up for delays earlier in the day."},{"_id":"GHERAUT355BBPHWONY3LSKXP2M","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609889952411},"content":"”We haven’t seen anything too over-the-top crazy, which is good,” said Gabriel Sterling, the state’s voting system manager. “We want steady. We want to see that the people who want to cast their vote, that their votes are going to count.”"},{"_id":"3IKJD7432RKO6UQBY67MMB6RMI","additional_properties":{"fullSizeResizeUrl":"/photo/resize/CRW0_mbjlHeldZts67SABtGErtY=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/3IKJD7432RKO6UQBY67MMB6RMI.jpg","galleries":[],"iptc_job_identifier":"5ff4a49d6567a45aa6235109","iptc_source":"AJC","iptc_title":"Staff","keywords":["atlanta","center for civil and human rights","election","georgia","georgia tech","georgia world congress center","park tavern","runoff","senate","voters","voting","AJC Freelancer"],"mime_type":"image/jpeg","originalName":"s3://ajc-arc-photo-integration/Freelancer/AAJC 010621 election 6.jpg","originalUrl":"https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/3IKJD7432RKO6UQBY67MMB6RMI.jpg","proxyUrl":"/photo/resize/CRW0_mbjlHeldZts67SABtGErtY=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/3IKJD7432RKO6UQBY67MMB6RMI.jpg","published":true,"resizeUrl":"http://thumbor-prod-us-east-1.photo.aws.arc.pub/CRW0_mbjlHeldZts67SABtGErtY=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/3IKJD7432RKO6UQBY67MMB6RMI.jpg","restricted":false,"takenOn":"2021-01-04T11:59:01Z","thumbnailResizeUrl":"/resizer/Ar_ZoDYbk6nSI8Ah016ifD2BnYk=/300x0/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/3IKJD7432RKO6UQBY67MMB6RMI.jpg","version":3,"comments":[],"_id":"ICBOXTQDKJGKDGR2KXEJDX3F5U"},"address":{"locality":"Atlanta","region":"Georgia"},"caption":"January 5, 2021 Atlanta: Voters lined up to cast ballots on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 at the Park Tavern located at 500 10th St NE in Atlanta. Georgia’s long moment in the national spotlight culminated Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, when state voters cast their votes to determine which party would control the U.S. Senate. Georgia voters also voted to elect a member of the state Public Service Commission, which regulates energy and utility rates and issues. The two most expensive Senate races in history saw more than $833 million been spent by the four campaigns and outside groups supporting them, blanketing the airwaves and stuffing mailboxes across the state. Much of that money has come from organizations with no direct connection to Georgia. 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A few top lines:"},{"_id":"JZHU74PBYVB57CFVMQCXSU33FE","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609889952416},"content":"-56% of voters surveyed said they disapprove of President Trump’s handling of the 2020 election results"},{"_id":"X5DOUIGAVZHE5IXEO426R4QRT4","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609889952417},"content":"-60% believe Senate control is the most important issue in the runoffs"},{"_id":"RGUOTO2FAJH57DW4BKBNDOYDNI","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609889952418},"content":"-nearly two-thirds believe the country’s been moving in the wrong direction"},{"_id":"SZ3IEPA3QNFWXMRCGCV52KP5Q4","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609889952419},"content":"-only 63% are very or somewhat confident in the accuracy of the election results"},{"_id":"ABM5QJP3TRFSRCMKQTMQOH752E","type":"raw_html","additional_properties":{"_id":"3I3UDEGOSVF2DLSKBQ32UTNVHA","comments":[]},"content":"

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That includes determining how much customers will pay toward Georgia Power’s multi-billion-dollar cost overruns on its nuclear expansion of Plant Vogtle."},{"_id":"I2ELH5XWAVCBNK65IOHGEWYYRM","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609889952425},"content":"Voters are picking between incumbent Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, an 82-year-old Republican who has spent years on the commission and Democrat Daniel Blackman, a 41-year-old former business consultant from Forsyth County."},{"_id":"2IJNCW3EGRH7DKFZDEEEVGASZA","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609889952426},"content":"As our colleague Matt Kempner detailed here, McDonald has raised about 10 times as much as Blackman. McDonald was an early backer of Georgia Power’s Vogtle expansion, which is now years behind schedule, and he’s continued to back the project while pushing the utility to increase its use of solar energy."},{"_id":"RJWOQW7XVJHJZI66STSQLFARTQ","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609889952427},"content":"Blackman says the incumbent has often favored large utilities over regular people, while McDonald has warned the Democrat will back steps that will so aggressively cut carbon emissions that they will harm the state economically."},{"_id":"BNGWLHP5YBJP5K3EFKLK2ZH2IE","additional_properties":{"fullSizeResizeUrl":"/photo/resize/vTV1v6QN6-ELCGNfXqc_X2Yy7ds=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/BNGWLHP5YBJP5K3EFKLK2ZH2IE.JPG","galleries":[{"headlines":{"basic":"PHOTOS: Final campaign rallies before Georgia Senate runoff elections"},"_id":"35GGA5CF4VF2ZKYG5GGQM7RYOI"}],"iptc_job_identifier":"5ff27c0be14abe785df1ef72","iptc_title":"Visual Journalist","keywords":["AJC Freelancer"],"mime_type":"image/jpeg","originalName":"s3://ajc-arc-photo-integration/Freelancer/AAJC 010521 BIDEN VISIT PHOTOS_AP11.JPG","originalUrl":"https://cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/ajc/BNGWLHP5YBJP5K3EFKLK2ZH2IE.JPG","proxyUrl":"/photo/resize/vTV1v6QN6-ELCGNfXqc_X2Yy7ds=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/BNGWLHP5YBJP5K3EFKLK2ZH2IE.JPG","published":true,"resizeUrl":"http://thumbor-prod-us-east-1.photo.aws.arc.pub/vTV1v6QN6-ELCGNfXqc_X2Yy7ds=/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/BNGWLHP5YBJP5K3EFKLK2ZH2IE.JPG","restricted":false,"takenOn":"2021-01-04T21:08:25Z","thumbnailResizeUrl":"/resizer/_Ddee2i_NC-0DnHrSlenYIdR15M=/300x0/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-ajc/public/BNGWLHP5YBJP5K3EFKLK2ZH2IE.JPG","usage_instructions":"AJC STAFF","version":2,"comments":[],"_id":"REPYYGOCUZBEPJ4HNOIZQSCTKE"},"address":{"locality":"Atlanta"},"caption":"01/04/2021 — Atlanta, Georgia — Georgia Public Service Commission Democrat candidate Daniel Blackman makes remarks during a Georgia Democrat U.S. Senate campaign rally in Atlanta’s Peoplestown neighborhood, Monday, January 4, 2021. 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Two of those contests were for U.S. Senate, five for PSC, and one, in 2018, for secretary of state."},{"type":"oembed_response","subtype":"twitter","_id":"FA2IXRU775G7BMVJQC7V4PJBYQ","raw_oembed":{"url":"https://twitter.com/TamarHallerman/status/1346562278980771840","author_name":"Tamar Hallerman","author_url":"https://twitter.com/TamarHallerman","html":"

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And in three of them, the winner of the runoff was different from the candidate who lead in the general election vote (’92 Senate, ’06 PSC, ’08 PSC)."},{"_id":"R6D26N2LJBFFNPZZJ6QTOPISOQ","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609889952443},"content":"It’s pretty clear that turnout in today’s runoffs will be record-setting, but could it be enough to scramble the leaderboard from Nov. 3? (David Perdue led Jon Ossoff by roughly 2 percentage points and Republican candidates narrowly outpaced their Democratic counterparts in the special election featuring Kelly Loeffler and Raphael Warnock.)"},{"_id":"RAZ7TMCNZZAEJHRINQ526LWNLQ","type":"text","additional_properties":{"comments":[],"inline_comments":[],"_id":1609889952444},"content":"One more fun fact: if you count today’s race, McDonald has been a candidate in three of Georgia’s six PSC general election runoffs (his other races were a 1998 special election and in 2008). 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He joined a dozen other Republicans in the House to pen a letter questioning both the legality and logic behind refusing to accept election results in states won by Democrat Joe Biden."},{"_id":"2G2RSIC4UJBLXESG3WWL7T5EJY","type":"text","additional_properties":{"_id":1609887649650,"comments":[],"inline_comments":[]},"content":"These lawmakers said the electoral votes submitted by every state should be honored because it is not the role of Congress to referee election disputes."},{"_id":"QZYZCUNSABEARIB66FJYVP62U4","type":"text","additional_properties":{"_id":1609887649651,"comments":[],"inline_comments":[]},"content":"“To take action otherwise — that is, to unconstitutionally insert Congress into the center of the presidential election process — would amount to stealing power from the people and the states,” said the letter signed by Scott and the others."},{"_id":"PZXTEW2RBNCLLD2UMJTGXHJUJI","type":"text","additional_properties":{"_id":1609887649652,"comments":[],"inline_comments":[]},"content":"Still, at least half of all Republicans in the House and at least a dozen in the Senate said their concerns about the general election outcome in Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin warrant these challenges."},{"_id":"GZCNBWRQ6ZFTVER6IB5UWUP4WE","type":"text","additional_properties":{"_id":1609887649653,"comments":[],"inline_comments":[]},"content":"The lawmakers from Georgia who said they will join the objections are recently elected U.S. Reps. Andrew Clyde of Athens and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Rome, as well as U.S. Reps. Rick Allen of Evans, Barry Loudermilk of Cassville and Jody Hice of Greensboro."},{"_id":"RJKRZORJAJA3NITSZUJWWC4F2U","type":"text","additional_properties":{"_id":1609887649654,"comments":[],"inline_comments":[]},"content":"“I REFUSE to certify fraudulent electoral votes for Joe Biden,” Greene wrote Tuesday on Twitter. “That’s why I will #FightForTrump and OBJECT tomorrow in Congress!”"},{"_id":"UFDWF7Y5BRBDRGFNFEFXSCXUB4","type":"text","additional_properties":{"_id":1609887649655,"comments":[],"inline_comments":[]},"content":"Allen tweeted: “Fighting to make sure every legal vote is counted, Mr. President! We will #HoldTheLine!”"},{"_id":"XR2H2ZFICVFFLPX7AYJCPBQYFM","type":"text","additional_properties":{"_id":1609887649656,"comments":[],"inline_comments":[]},"content":"Although there has been no proof of fraud or mismanagement in swing states won by Biden, and dozens of legal challenges filed by Trump and his allies were unsuccessful, many loyalists have sided with the president in his efforts to overturn the election."},{"_id":"ZXSNKHVE4FCV5JJODFPTXE35RI","type":"text","additional_properties":{"_id":1609887649657,"comments":[],"inline_comments":[]},"content":"These objections are unlikely to prevail ultimately. The contested states’ Electoral College votes are expected to be accepted and counted, but it will take time to debate and conduct procedural votes before that can happen. 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