In contrast to President Donald Trump’s energetic campaign style, Democratic nominee Joe Biden spent much of the run-up to this year’s election holed up in his Delaware home.
However, the Washington Examiner reported Sunday that the former vice president will be venturing out to campaign for Georgia’s two Democratic Senate candidates.
“I think you’ll see the president-elect campaign down there as we get closer to Election Day,” Ron Klain, picked to be Biden’s White House chief of staff, told NBC’s Meet the Press, according to the Examiner.
Klain said the campaign is “going to put people, money, resources down there to help our two good candidates win.”
Senate at stake
Georgia will have a runoff election on Jan. 5 in which Republican incumbent Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue will face off against Democratic candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.
Republicans currently hold 50 seats in the Senate, so losses by both Loeffler and Perdue would result in tie-breaking Senate votes being cast by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) should she officially become vice president, thus effectively giving Democrats control.
“Not going to let anyone deter us”
Although Klain said a victory in the Peach State would be welcome, he downplayed its importance to a Biden administration.
“It will certainly be helpful to win those seats in Georgia, but we’re not going to let anything deter us from moving forward with our agenda,” Klain said, as the Examiner reported.
While Georgia has for decades been considered a solidly Republican state, its political climate has begun to drift leftward in recent years.
After carrying Georgia in 2016, Trump appears to have lost it in 2020 by a very narrow margin. Last week, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced that a hand recount would be conducted, Fox News reported.
Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-SD) has been vocal about the need for the president’s supporters to show up and vote in January: “We need his voters. And he has a tremendous following out there. Right now, he’s trying to get through the final stages of his election and determine the outcome there. But when that’s all said and done, however it comes out, we want him helping in Georgia.”