This is a huge opportunity, but Ossoff and Warnock will also have to overcome both the state’s historically Republican tilt and the voter suppression that has been such a major feature of recent elections. In 2008, Saxby Chambliss won a Senate runoff by 15 points. In 2018, Stacey Abrams came achingly close in an election tainted by voter suppression.
“This is a very different state than 2008. We’ve been working really hard. We have registered hundreds of thousands of voters in the state,” Warnock told reporters Thursday. “With record turnout this time around, I think that people understand what’s at stake. They’re going to rise up one more time.”
But that’s what it will take: a mass uprising.
“We can’t be complacent,” said state Sen. Jennifer Jordan. “If we don’t vote for Warnock and Ossoff, we’re just going to have another situation where [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell is doing everything he can to make sure the president fails.”
The runoffs are Jan. 5, 2021. If you live in Georgia, register to vote now and share that link with your family and friends in the state. The deadline is Dec. 7.