On Saturday, Donald Trump will visit southern Georgia to support the state’s GOP senatorial candidates, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, in their campaign to defend their congressional seats ahead of the runoff elections in January.
President will attend a rally for both candidates, hosted by the Republican National Committee. According to Trump’s campaign, the event will begin at 19:00 ET at Valdosta Regional Airport in Valdosta, Georgia.
People interested in physically attending the rally can register up to two tickets through the campaign’s website and may arrive after 15:00 ET when the doors open.
C-SPAN will broadcast the rally live on television and online. NBC subsidiary WXIA-TV in Atlanta will broadcast live streams of the event on its website and on the YouTube channel.
Loeffler and Perdue will appear alongside Trump. Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, a candidate for public service commissioner, will also be present, in addition to “other Republicans in Valdosta,” according to the Trump campaign.
The rally comes after Georgia’s election certification, which was held for the second time last week. The state originally confirmed its results for President-elect Joe Biden on November 20, but the Trump campaign called for a formal machine-based recount shortly thereafter. In Georgia, state legislation allows a defeated candidate to request a ballot check if the margin of voter support between two candidates is less than 0.5 percent.
As Georgia’s election officials initiated several rounds of presidential ballot counting over the past five weeks, the results indicated that Biden won the Southern state by winning about 12,600 more votes than Trump, with a margin of about 0.2 percent.
The most recent audit in Georgia followed the first nationwide counting of ballots and a subsequent manual recount of votes to verify that the electronic tabulation machines were functioning properly. Despite these procedures, Trump and his campaign continue to claim, without evidence, that misconduct and fraud cost him the election in Georgia.
Georgia is just one of several U.S. states that became the target of unsubstantiated fraud allegations from Trump’s campaign after the election. Biden received the majority of the popular vote in all attacked states.
When the election workers followed the formal recount of the ballots, Trump insisted that the results would not be legitimate unless signature matching procedures were added to verify the identification of the absent voters. This was not possible because officials are trained to separate the ballot papers from their respective envelopes after signature verification for privacy reasons.
“The best way to insure an @KLoeffler and an @sendavidperdue VICTORY is to allow signature verification in the presidential campaign, which will ensure a victory for the President of Georgia (very few votes are required, many will be found). The mood will rise and everyone will rush out and vote! Trump tweeted late Thursday evening.
Politicians and political action committees are pouring resources into the runoff between the two senators and their democratic challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. The results of the January 5 election will determine whether the Democrats are able to gain control of the U.S. Senate.
Currently, the Democrats hold 48 seats, compared to 50 for the Republicans. If both Warnock and Ossoff win, the Senate will be evenly split and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will cast all votes with a tie.