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Republican woes continue with rough week for both candidates days out from November 3rd as each is running out of time to save their flailing campaigns
ATLANTA — Four days out from the November election, both unelected “political mega-donor” Senator Kelly Loeffler and self-proclaimed top Trump ally Congressman Doug Collins are still locked in a nasty intraparty fight that’s “being fueled by great bitterness on both sides” — a rough end to a week filled with plenty of bad news for Georgia Republicans.
This week brought new polling showing a nearly double-digit lead for a Democrat against both Republican candidates in head-to-head match-ups. And their “bruising intraparty battle” has taken a toll on each Republican’s image as well, with multiple polls this week also showing underwater favorability ratings for Loeffler and Collins — with Loeffler’s favorability gap as high as 27 points according to one poll.
Both Inside Elections and Sabato’s Crystal Ball have responded to tightening polling and fraught conditions between Loeffler and Collins by shifting the race toward Democrats this week following other political ratings experts like Cook Political Report’s Jessica Taylor, who also recently noted that Loeffler and Collins’ “scorched-earth shift to the far right could well doom either candidate” in the race.
But even aside from their polling and rating change woes, both Loeffler and Collins have seen their campaigns struggle with self-inflicted gaffes and mistakes leading into the final week. After Collins was caught “violating Defense policy” in his ads at the end of last week, this week Loeffler drew national ridicule for her unbelievable statement that she’s “not familiar” with President Trump’s infamous Access Hollywood tape — “one of the biggest stories in politics” that “even people living under rocks” were aware of.
Now, down in the polls and facing “an all-out sprint to the right,” Georgia Republicans are set to head into Election Day exactly how they kicked off the special election nearly a year ago: fighting with each other and ignoring Georgia voters.
Read Republicans’ rough coverage days out from the election:
AJC: Loeffler, Collins battle for GOP votes as time runs out
11Alive: Sen. Loeffler: ‘Not familiar’ with Access Hollywood tape
AJC: In Georgia, a Senate GOP firewall is under attack by resurgent Democrats
Newsweek: Republican Violating Defense Policy with Military Uniform in Campaign Ads Infuriates Veterans
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