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A week full of scandals, poor polling, and ratings changes shows that Georgia Republicans are in “dangerous territory” ahead of 2020
ATLANTA — Georgia Republicans suffered through another damaging week after days filled with breaking scandal developments and new ratings changes showing that both of Georgia’s Senate races are among those “most likely to flip” in 2020.
Both Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler have had to contend with the fall-out after the FBI served a warrant to Senator Richard Burr and seized his cellphone over his coronavirus stock trades. Loeffler still won’t answer whether federal authorities asked for the documents she recently turned over to them nor whether she’s had contact with the FBI to begin with. Perdue, meanwhile, did not answer “whether he or his representatives had been contacted by investigators” after his own coronavirus stock trading.
In addition to their ongoing scandals, Georgia’s Republican senators also had to face disastrous GOP internal polling this week showing that, to quote Perdue, “the state of Georgia is in play” — a view backed up by both the National Journal and the Cook Political Report. Each noted that Georgia is “becoming a battleground” and “a state to watch” in 2020 while upgrading Democrats’ chances.
With poor polling numbers and new scandal developments continuing to pour in, it’s quickly becoming clear that weeks of “uncomfortable questions” and subsequent “unflattering headlines” have Georgia Republicans “feeling the heat” as the state looks more competitive than ever.
Read the latest coverage from the GOP’s wreck of a week:
Cook Political Report: Georgia Senate’s Perdue Moves to Lean Republican
National Journal: Hotline’s Senate Power Rankings
AJC: Loeffler supplies documents to DOJ, SEC, Ethics regarding stock sales
AJC: A new internal GOP poll suggests tight prez, Senate races in Georgia
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