Republicans took advantage of Senator Chuck Schumer’s remarks on Saturday when he told a small crowd of New Yorkers celebrating Joe Biden’s election victory: “Now we take Georgia, then we change the world.”
The Republican National Senate Committee – within hours – took the comments from the Senate Minority Leader and turned them into an advertisement to warn the country that the Peach State is the “last line of defense against socialism,” reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Senate control is unlikely to be decided until a January 5 run-off in Georgia.
Joe Biden became president-elect after crossing the threshold of 270 electoral votes. However, Fox News’ decision-making office still hasn’t projected a winner in Georgia, where Biden leads Trump by a tiny margin of around 10,000 votes.
The Associated Press reported that the tally for the next Senate – after last week’s election – is 48 Republicans and 48 Democrats. Georgia’s electoral rules require lawmakers to win more than 50% of the vote to win the seat.
Republican Senator David Perdue will face Democrat Jon Ossoff after finishing ahead of 49.78% against 47.9% for Ossoff. Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler will take on Democratic Reverend Raphael Warnock. Loeffler finished with 25.94% of the vote and Warnock with 32.89%.
The Journal-Constitution stressed that the four candidates who present themselves in the second round are all “irrevocably linked to each other. A blunder from Perdue could injure Loeffler. An attack on Warnock could splash Ossoff. ”
Democrats have succeeded in retaining control of the House and seeing the Senate as their end goal to have a firm grip on the levers of power in Washington.
Steven Law, chairman of the Senate Leadership Fund, the super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, said he was ready for a tough fight over the next two months.
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“These two races will be the difference between Democrats having free rein to destroy minority rights, race the Supreme Court and create new states, against healthy control of their far-left agenda. We were by far the biggest outside group on the right in Georgia this fall, and we’re going way beyond that for the second round, ”he said.
Fox News’ Marisa Schultz, Thomas Barrabi, Morgan Phillips and Associated Press contributed to this report