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Don Jr. launches push to get Trump supporters to vote in Georgia runoffs to determine Senate control

Donald Trump Jr. is launching a super PAC aimed at getting his father’s supporters in Georgia to vote in the two upcoming Senate runoff elections there in January – in yet another sign the president is starting to admit defeat.

Save the U.S. Senate PAC will start airing commercials this week featuring Don Jr., a person familiar with the plans told Politico, as Republicans grow more concerned that President Donald Trump’s supporters will boycott the elections over increased fears of fraud.

Ahead of the January 5 vote in Georgia, which will ultimately decide which party controls the Senate, Don Jr. will be featured in a series of television and radio commercials only aired on conservative stations to reach and mobilize Trump supporters in the Peach State.

The super PAC will spend hundreds of thousands to run the ads statewide starting with radio and later this week focusing on television and digital ads with the president’s eldest son, who also served as a campaign adviser and surrogate.

All focus is turning to Georgia as the two runoff races will decide how the next two years in Washington run.

Donald Trump Jr. will be featured in a series of ads for the new super PAC Save the U.S. Senate, aimed at mobilizing his father's supporters to vote in the two upcoming Georgia runoff elections

Donald Trump Jr. will be featured in a series of ads for the new super PAC Save the U.S. Senate, aimed at mobilizing his father's supporters to vote in the two upcoming Georgia runoff elections

Donald Trump Jr. will be featured in a series of ads for the new super PAC Save the U.S. Senate, aimed at mobilizing his father’s supporters to vote in the two upcoming Georgia runoff elections

Republicans are concerned that Trump's rhetoric toward election integrity in Georgia will deter voters from turning out for the elections that will determine which party controls the Senate

Republicans are concerned that Trump's rhetoric toward election integrity in Georgia will deter voters from turning out for the elections that will determine which party controls the Senate

Republicans are concerned that Trump’s rhetoric toward election integrity in Georgia will deter voters from turning out for the elections that will determine which party controls the Senate

Trump supporters in Georgia have started talking online about boycotting the elections, claiming Republicans are not doing enough to intervene in what they believe was an unfair presidential election process there

Trump supporters in Georgia have started talking online about boycotting the elections, claiming Republicans are not doing enough to intervene in what they believe was an unfair presidential election process there

Trump supporters in Georgia have started talking online about boycotting the elections, claiming Republicans are not doing enough to intervene in what they believe was an unfair presidential election process there

Georgia’s Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue were both up for reelection November 3, and neither earned the 50 per cent popular vote needed to avoid a runoff.

Loeffler will face Democrat Raphael Warnock and Perude is up against Democratic rival Jon Ossoff.

The Senate election results currently sits at 46 Democrats and 50 Republicans with the two Georgia seats still up for grabs – both independent Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine caucus with Democrats.

If Democrats flip Georgia, they will have a majority in the Senate, paving the way for a much more left-leaning agenda.

Republicans, if they hold onto the Senate, however, will be able to block massive legislation that could steer Biden’s presidency and even halt Cabinet appointments if they feel the nominee is too progressive.

President Trump has cast doubt on the integrity of elections in Georgia after his Election Night lead diminished as more mail-in ballots were counted in the days after the election.

Georgia, for the first time in decades, became a swing state this year and went blue for Joe Biden by only 0.2 per cent.

The last time Georgia voted for a Democratic president was in 1992 for Bill Clinton.

The slight margin and vastly different results over the course of a few days has caused the president to levy accusations of widespread voter fraud in Georgia – as well as other key battleground states that went blue this year.

Senior Republicans fear the president lashing out at election integrity in the southern state will have unintended side effects, including discouraging voters from participating in the runoff elections in the New Year.

Georgia Trump voters have started spreading the idea online of boycotting the runoff as they accuse Loeffler and Perdue of not doing enough to intervene in the state ballot recount. There are even pushes to write in Trump’s name on the ballot instead of voting for Loeffler or Perdue.

Kelly Loeffler

Kelly Loeffler

Raphael Warnock

Raphael Warnock

Republican Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler (left) will face-off against Democrat Raphael Warnock  (right)

David Perdue

David Perdue

Jon Ossoff

Jon Ossoff

Democrat Jon Ossoff (right) is challenging in the Georgia runoffs Republican Senator David Perdue (left) for his seat

Save the U.S. Senate Super PAC organizers hope to put an end to such talk, which includes trending hashtags like #CrookedKelly and #CrookedPerdue.

‘There is a critical role that must be played in both Georgia Senate runoffs: turning out the Trump vote,’ Andy Surabian, a Don Jr. adviser who is helping to steer the new super PAC, said.

‘We know from past midterms and special elections that the Trump voter is not guaranteed to every Republican candidate, which is why it’s vital to directly engage these voters and not take this challem for granted,’ he added.

Don Jr.’s participation in the super PAC is another indication that the president’s son could have political ambitions of his own.

So far, Lara Trump, the president’s second son Eric’s wife, has fueled rumors that she is considering a run for U.S. Senate in her home state of North Carolina in 2022.

Earlier this month, Lara said running there would be ‘incredible’ – and if successful she would be the first of Trump’s family to ride the president’s coattails to public office. 

Source: Daily Mail Australia | World News

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