A long-time member of the Republican establishment is reportedly heading down to Georgia to help the party maintain its grip on the Senate.
Karl Rove will lead fundraising efforts ahead of two critical runoff elections this January, according to a report from Politico.
Karl Rove to lead fundraising in critical Georgia runoffs
The former George W. Bush official will serve as national finance chair for the Georgia Battleground Fund, a joint fundraising account formed by the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Other Republicans involved in the fund include former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, former Vice President Dan Quayle, and former UN ambassador Nikki Haley. The fund has reached a quarter of its goal since it launched last week, according to Politico.
The Georgia runoffs have become critically important, with Democrats eager to flip the Senate and Republicans just as fearful of losing control after news outlets declared Democrat candidate Joe Biden the winner of the presidential race. If Dems win both races, there will be a divided Senate and a vice-president Kamala Harris could become the tie-breaker.
Long considered a red state, Democrats have coveted Georgia in recent years as they entertained hopes that demographic shifts would help flip the Peach State blue.
Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are facing challenges from Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, who Republicans have attacked as anti-police radicals in wake of the “defund the police” movement.
Hundreds of millions of dollars are expected to pour in from either side, campaign insiders told Politico.
Biden is the first Democrat for president to win the state since 1992, although Trump has alleged that voter fraud occurred there and in other states. But a “blue wave” Democrats were hoping for never came.
Rove, know for his role in the Iraq War, is a Fox News contributor and is among those Republicans who have already acknowledged Biden as the next president.
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed published last week, Rove argued that Trump has failed to demonstrate that voter fraud widespread enough to overturn the result occurred.
“Closing out this election will be a hard but necessary step toward restoring some unity and political equilibrium. Once his days in court are over, the president should do his part to unite the country by leading a peaceful transition and letting grievances go,” he wrote.