In the Georgia special elections, Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff are working to become the next U.S. senators. To accomplish these goals, Warnock and Ossoff have campaigned alongside one another against Republican incumbent Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue; Loeffler and Perdue are also jointly campaigning to win re-election.
Recent polls have shown that both Georgia Republicans are leading their rivals, albeit by modest margins. However, while Loeffler and Perdue are benefiting from campaigning alongside each other, this strategy may actually have the opposite impact for Warnock and Ossoff.
According to Washington Examiner, Ossoff is at risk of being tainted by the “baggage” that Warnock presently suffers from.
The Problems Surrounding Warnock and Ossoff
Perdue, Loeffler, and the Republicans backing them have unleashed on Warnock’s past. This past involves denigrating police officers, diminishing U.S. service members, and much more.
Warnock has also praised communist and Marxist figures like Jeremiah Wright and Fidel Castro. In Warnock’s own writings, he speaks fondly of Marxism, citing it as necessary for black theology’s development.
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Conservatives aren’t letting Warnock sweep any of this under the rug; furthermore, the right is also calling out Ossoff for campaigning with Warnock while failing to call out any of his radical talking points.
Several ads have already hit Ossoff for tying himself to Warnock; now, political science professors are warning that Ossoff, by campaigning with Warnock, is also aligning with the latter’s “baggage” that Republicans are slamming.
Winner Takes All?
Right now, there is very little crossover support in the Georgia runoffs. As such, political analysts are predicting that either the red or blue ticket will ultimately prevail on January 5; this means that the likely outcome is for both Perdue and Loeffler to either outrightly win or lose to Ossoff and Warnock.
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) December 18, 2020
The current data and studies of the Georgia runoffs show a very slim likelihood of a scenario where Warnock and Perdue or Ossoff and Loeffler win. Republicans are overwhelmingly backing the candidates in their own party and the same applies on Democrats’ side as well.
This only further supports the theory that Warnock’s “baggage” carries the potential of tanking Ossoff’s senatorial campaign along with his own.
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