Fundraising woes leave Republicans dodging uncomfortable questions as outside groups struggle to bail out sinking campaigns
ATLANTA — Georgia Republicans’ chances in each of the Peach State’s Senate races have been trending downward for months, and this week was no exception. Take it from the Senator who already admitted that “Georgia is in play”: “Georgia is changing” — and becoming a problem for Republicans.
Not only were GOP Senate contenders in both races outraised this week by Democratic challengers, but incumbent Senator Kelly Loeffler couldn’t even outraise her intraparty rival in her “GOP feud,” forcing her to rely even more on her millions to hold the seat. Loeffler also refused to answer questions about key issues on her statewide tour and is now being forced to go nuclear on rival Congressman Doug Collins in a desperate bid to get back above water.
Senator David Perdue didn’t fare much better this week. After refusing to follow Democratic nominee Jon Ossoff’s lead and commit to the “Isakson Standard” of putting his assets in a blind trust, Perdue then left a reporter “baffled” during an interview in which he claimed that “things in Georgia are going as well as they could be expected” on coronavirus. In case you needed a reminder, they are not. And he’s still refusing to answer whether he will support extending critical expanded unemployment relief (which he’s called “a hindrance”) or how he plans to protect 1.8 million Georgians with pre-existing conditions if the GOP’s reckless lawsuit succeeds despite a new fact check making it clear Republicans have no working plan to do so.
With Republicans stumbling and the NRSC, the Trump campaign, and Mitch McConnell-aligned outside groups spending millions in the state to defend their vulnerable incumbents, it’s more clear than ever that Georgia is the state to watch in 2020 — and Republicans know it.
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