‘We will lose both Senate seats in January’: Georgia GOP officials warn unfixed fraud may impact runoff

Republicans in Georgia are expressing new concerns that the two January Senate run-off races could be prone to vote fraud after state election officials extended the use of mail-in ballot drop boxes.

“BREAKING: Capitulating to Stacey Abrams pressure groups, Georgia election officials have extended the use of fraud-prone absentee ballot ‘drop boxes’ for Jan 5 Senate runoffs + early processing, prompting one county GOP official to warn: ‘We will lose both Senate seats in January,’” investigative journalist and author Paul Sperry wrote on Twitter Sunday.

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Incumbent GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler face Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, respectively, in run-off races after both failing to obtain at least 50 percent of the vote in their corresponding races.

Perdue nearly reached that threshold, while Loeffler may have reached it were it not for U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, who also ran for the seat and siphoned off nearly 1 million votes from Loeffler.

In that race, which was a special election involving 20 candidates, Loeffler and Collins received more than 2.25 million votes to Warnock’s 1.6 million, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, Perdue beat Ossoff by some 87,000 votes.

Abrams, a Democrat who lost her bid for the Georgia governor’s race to then-Secretary of State Brian Kemp in 2018, said last week that more than 750,000 residents have already requested mail-in ballots for the January run-off races. Georgia election officials said more than 762,000 ballots had been requested.

Republicans in and outside of Georgia, including President Donald Trump, have alleged the Nov. 3 election was stolen for Democrat Joe Biden, in part due to widespread mail-in balloting.

In a lawsuit challenging the election results, attorney Sidney Powell said one of the ways the results were tainted was due to “the adaption of old-fashioned ‘ballot-stuffing.’” Her suit claims the ballot-stuffing was “amplified and rendered virtually invisible by computer software created and run by domestic and foreign actors for that very purpose.”

Nevertheless, the five-member Georgia Election Board, chaired by GOP Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, voted a week ago to extend the use of monitored drop boxes through the Jan. 5 run-offs after use of the boxes was originally set to expire next month.

“A second rule adopted allows counties to continue to begin processing absentee ballots two weeks before Election Day – but now also mandates them to start processing them no later than a week and one day ahead of the election. But as per Georgia law, none of the ballots would be tabulated and counted until the polls close on Jan. 5,” Fox News reported.

The deadline to register to vote in the run-off elections is Dec. 7. Early in-person voting can begin a week later, Dec. 14.

Currently, Republicans control the Senate 52-48; a loss of both seats in Georgia would result in a 50-50 tie in the upper chamber, which would effectively give control of it to Democrats if Biden winds up becoming president because Kamala Harris, as vice president, would serve as the tiebreaker.

Other Republicans have expressed similar concerns regarding a repeat of fraud they allege took place on and after Election Day.

“Good morning. Just watched @KLoeffler on Fox. It makes NO sense that Loeffler & @sendavidperdue are not demanding @BrianKempGA order special session of GA legislature to address fraud,” Georgia-based attorney Lin Wood wrote on Twitter. “Same voting machines, same mail ballots, same fraud. 11/3 fraud will be repeated in runoff.”

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Wood also predicted that if Republican lawmakers did not do more to help expose the alleged fraud, the party would continue to lose elections.

“If @GOP & @GOPChairwoman do not take immediate action to expose fraud & correct 11/3 election, Republican Party will cease to be viable,” he tweeted at the party and its leader, Ronna McDaniel. “Supporters of @realDonaldTrump will abandon GOP & you can kiss goodbye the Senate runoff in GA. Start fighting for Trump NOW or adios GOP.”

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Jon Dougherty

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