• Georgia On the Mind: Election Sloppiness, Weak Repubs, COVID Conspire for GOP Defeats

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    Surge Summary: How to account for not one, but two, Republican losses in Georgia of all places. A constellation of factors which occurred in years past – or in the tumultuous year of 2020 — help explain it.

    by Gary Bauer

    As of this writing, one of the two Georgia Senate contests has been called. Democrat Raphael Warnock has been declared the winner in his race against Sen. Kelly Loeffler.  Democrat Jon Ossoff narrowly leads Sen. David Perdue. [Editor: Ossoff has since been declared the winner of that race.]

    But according to various reports, nearly 24,000 military ballots have yet to counted, and there are thousands of overseas civilian ballots also still to be counted.  Those ballots could make a critical difference, especially in the Perdue/Ossoff race, where Sen. Perdue is likely to demand a recount.

    However, none of this prevented Ossoff from declaring himself the winner this morning.  Remember when Trump was warned not to declare victory during last year’s election?

    Nor did it stop Chuck Schumer from declaring himself the Senate majority leader.  And, of course, there’s complete media silence regarding these premature declarations.

    But there’s no sugarcoating the results.  Georgia appears to have elected two senators who will be among THE MOST liberal senators in the U.S. Senate.  It is the equivalent of Georgia electing someone like Senator Bernie Sanders or Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.

    How did this happen?  There are myriad reasons, but here’s my analysis.

    A “Fixed” Election

    The same rules that applied in the November election also applied in yesterday’s runoff election.  You don’t have to entertain theories of wired machines or hidden boxes of ballots to understand what happened.

    The reality is that weak Republican leadership in Georgia agreed to significant changes in the state’s election laws, including massive absentee and mail-in voting.  Unsolicited ballots were sent to millions of households.

    In the past, if you voted by absentee, your signature on the ballot had to be an “exact match” with your signature when you registered to vote.  Stacey Abrams recently bragged about “eviscerating” this requirement.  That’s all you need to know.

    She used her massive grassroots organization, developed right underneath the noses of Georgia’s Republican leadership, to harvest hundreds of thousands of votes they would not have received if normal voting rules had been in place.


    The coronavirus pandemic was the excuse used for this massive change in voting rules.  Beyond that, exit polls showed that voters who backed the two extreme left-wing candidates had COVID as their main issue.  Voters who backed the Republican candidates had the economy and economic growth as their main issue.

    But by a 10-point margin (52% to 42%), voters said that containing COVID was more important than rebuilding the economy.

    Moreover, polling showed that voters overwhelmingly felt Congress had done too little to help average Americans deal with the economic damage caused by the coronavirus and the imposed lockdowns.  (Herehere and here.)

    When President Trump warned that Republicans who opposed more emergency relief had a “death wish,” he was right.  Once again, the president proved that he understood the populist instincts of the country better than the GOP establishment.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge

    Originally Posted here.

    Image: By McDaniels Okoro – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=77265815

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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