Republicans are using Sen. Chuck Schumer’s words against him. With the most consequential and important Senate races in the country headed for runoff elections, the Senate Minority Leader told a crowd of New Yorkers that everything hangs in the balance: “Now we take Georgia, then we change the world.”
Schumer may have meant for that phrase to be inspiring, but Republicans heard a different message, telling voters that Georgia wins could be all that stands between the Democrats and one of the most radical agendas in U.S. history. In an ad already running in Georgia, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is playing Schumer’s remarks and warning that conservative voters are the “last line of defense against socialism.”
The major media outlets projected Joe Biden the winner of the presidential race on Saturday, but the race is still up in the air in Georgia, where razor-thin margins separate the two candidates. Down the ballot, the race is even more uncertain. In neither of the two Senate races did any candidate secure more than 50% of the vote, meaning that both races are headed to a January 5th runoff. On that date, voters will choose between Sen. David Perdue (R) and challenger Jon Ossoff (D) and between Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R) and challenger Raphael Warnock (D).
Seeing as how the current Senate makeup stands at 48 Republicans and 48 Democrats, these races will likely determine who takes control of the Senate.
In remarks made this weekend, Steven Law of the Senate Leadership Fund said that Republicans are bracing themselves for an unprecedented fight.
“These two races will mean the difference between Democrats having free rein to destroy minority rights, pack the Supreme Court and create new states, versus a healthy check on their far-left agenda. We were by far the largest outside group on the right in Georgia this fall, and we’re scaling far beyond that for the runoffs,” he said.
The importance of these races cannot be understated. With Biden in the White House and Democrats in control of the House, it is absolutely imperative that Republicans retain power in the Senate. The alternative, as Law notes, is to give Biden a blank check to do with what he wants. And since his team is already making grand statements about how “progressive” his agenda is going to be, you’d better believe that check will be an expensive one.