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Yet another week ends with Republicans facing disastrous polling numbers and self-inflicted wounds at a time when they can least afford them
ATLANTA — Georgia Republicans are closing another week facing one disaster after another as their chances continue to shrink in the state.
This week, a new poll once again showed “Georgia becoming a true multi-contest battleground” with Democratic candidates leading both Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler along with Congressman Doug Collins in head-to-head matchups. And the polling again confirmed that the presidential contest in Georgia is also “neck and neck” — with former Vice President Joe Biden now opening up a small lead over President Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, Loeffler and Collins spent the week ramping up their intraparty attacks following news that Republican officials are now openly speculating whether Loeffler should leave the race entirely. Loeffler and her husband Jeff Sprecher are already trying to spend their way out of the problem, planning to go nuclear with “pointed attacks on Collins” in new ads after Sprecher made his largest political contribution ever to a pro-Trump super PAC in late April in an attempt to buy more political cover. Meanwhile, Loeffler still refuses to say whether she’s had contact with the FBI over her stock trading after giving over documents to federal authorities.
But Loeffler and Collins aren’t alone in facing a rough week. Perdue is also managing fallout after audio leaked of him comparing deaths from coronavirus to car accidents as “a certain number of us will die” from each. Perdue’s comments are so out of step with both Georgia voters and medical experts that Dr. Anthony Fauci had already said that comparing coronavirus to traffic accidents was “a false equivalency” while even Trump has previously “disputed” the comparison. Yikes.
Between Republicans’ growing scandals, their latest gaffes, and a continuing stream of poor polling numbers, this week is yet another example that “things are getting interesting in Georgia” as the GOP’s chances grow dimmer.
Read the latest coverage from the GOP’s wreck of a week:
AJC: Georgia Senate poll: Top Dems, Perdue essentially tied, Loeffler trails Collins
McClatchy: Loeffler’s campaign hoped for a reset. But senator’s stocks came under new scrutiny
POLITICO: Sen. Loeffler’s husband cuts $1 million check to pro-Trump super PAC
Vox: In leaked audio, Sen. David Perdue compares the risks of Covid-19 to car crashes
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