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If accurate, a newly released survey spells trouble for Republican attempts to retain control of the Senate during next week’s two run-off elections in Georgia.
A poll conducted in the Peach State by SurveyUSA of voters who are not planning to show up for the races found that 55 percent of respondents who described themselves as “very conservative” said they will stay home because they think the electoral process is “rigged” — a finding that is upsetting to GOP leaders who are depending on turnout in order to reelect incumbent Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, who are running against Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rafael Warnock, respectively.
The races will decide who controls the Senate. If Perdue and Loeffler both lose, the Senate make-up will be evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans at 50-50, but Dems will essentially control the chamber because Kamala Harris, as vice president, will hold the tie-breaking vote.
Democrats retained control of the House in November, albeit by a much slimmer majority that actually has some lawmakers predicting Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is in danger of losing reelection.
Meanwhile, the survey found that none of the survey respondents who identified as “very liberal” planned to stay home.
“Of those who are not voting in the US Senate runoffs, a disproportionate number are conservative. Of those who identify as ‘very conservative,’ 55% say they are not voting in the runoff elections because ‘the voting process is rigged,'” SurveyUSA noted.
This compares to zero percent of liberals and very liberals. Another 7% of ‘very conservative’ voters say they are “intentionally boycotting” the runoffs. This compares to zero percent of liberals and very liberals. So those are the headwinds that incumbent Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler face,” the polling firm continued.
The polling results caught the attention of Fox Business Network host Charles Payne, who described them as “cray cray” — slang for crazy.
A recent Survey USA poll said 55% of Georgia voters that describe themselves as “very conservative” said they will not vote in the runoff elections because “the voting process is rigged.” That’s compared to 0% of self-described “liberals” and “very liberals.”
— Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) December 31, 2020
He added in a follow-up tweet: “I hope its hype but I have also heard from enough folks boycotting the GA election that its a serious concern. Vote for the candidate of your choice but vote. And keep fighting to make the system more fair and accurate.”
I hope its hype but I have also heard from enough folks boycotting the GA election that its a serious concern. Vote for the candidate of your choice but vote. And keep fighting to make the system more fair and accurate. https://t.co/pb5Nz9U9qh
— Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) December 31, 2020
That said, SurveyUSA also described the state as “a hot mess,” adding that “no opinion pollster could possibly say what will happen when votes are counted.”
The New York Times claimed Wednesday that Republicans are “on edge” as it is in the state because early voting numbers in heavily Democratic counties are already high.
“We’re fully aware of the energy on the other side, and think we’ve been reminded about that,” state GOP Rep. Dale Washburn said. “We know demographics have changed in recent years. And if our side hasn’t been aware of that, they’re rapidly becoming aware of that. The Biden victory had a big part.”
Last month out of frustration over what the Trump campaign and many of his supporters believe was a fraudulent election in the state, Georgia-based attorney Lin Wood advised Republican voters to boycott the elections unless state officials changed voting processes ahead of the election. Former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell joined in the call, though both later backtracked.
Those calls for boycotts were blasted by elected Republicans and GOP supporters alike.
“I’m seeing a lot of talk from people that are supposed to be on our side telling GOP voters not to go out & vote for @KLoeffler and @PerdueSenate,” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted Nov. 23. “That is NONSENSE. IGNORE these people. We need ALL of our people coming out to vote for Kelly & David.”
Added conservative lawyer, author, and pundit Kurt Schlichter: “Maybe supposed allies should stop encouraging our voter[s] to take dumb and self-destructive positions. We all need to have zero tolerance for dips**ts who tell people to refuse to vote.
“Anyone who has decided not to vote in the Senate because they’re sad because the Democrats are crooked is stupid and we shouldn’t empower it,” he added.
Other Republicans urged supporters to get out and vote as well.
“David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler need to be re-elected, they have got to be elected to these seats,” GOP Rep. Doug Collins, who ran against Loeffler and Warnock last month, told Fox News.
“We’ve been fighting hard for this president, fighting hard during this recount, which is now transitioning to the legal phase. But we made enough emphasis here,” he added. “We are fighting back with everything, but it’s going to take conservatives.”
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