Ratings changes and polling reflect Republicans’ “heavy dose of heartburn” over the state’s increasingly competitive races
ATLANTA — Just in case there was any doubt left, this week once again proved that “Georgia is in play” as “the Peach State [is] looking more like a swing state than ever” across the board.
After newly released polling this week continued the trend showing Democratic nominee Jon Ossoff either leading or statistically tied in recent polls, the Cook Political Report became the latest political prognosticators to confirm Georgia’s competitiveness in a new analysis that moved his race to a “Toss Up.” Cook’s Jessica Taylor noted that “new polling numbers…merits a move into the Toss Up column” alongside “record turnout” in last month’s Democratic primary.
And in Georgia’s special Senate election, both Senator Kelly Loeffler and Congressman Doug Collins spent the week trying to outflank each other on gutting relief for out-of-work Georgians as “Republican infighting” in Congress continues to stall aid. Collins doubled down on his earlier call to “cut back” on critical expanded unemployment relief by suggesting that Congress “do away with it all together” while Loeffler said she’s “not seeing a big need to extend the federal unemployment insurance” despite reports that “more than one in eight workers” in Georgia remain unemployed.
But even though they’re hitting the panic button in Georgia as they flop in the polls and in fundraising, Republicans still won’t give up their reckless agenda that’s made them so toxic with voters.
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