Anti-abortion opponents announced on Thursday that they will “go all out” to defend the two Republican senators of Georgia, at least one of whom will certainly run in a run-off vote in January.
Georgia is the only state in which both senators fought for their seats in this election cycle. Since the election workers are still counting votes in this state on Thursday, the non-profit organization Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) and its partner, the Women Speak Out PAC, announced a campaign to re-elect the incumbent senators – both of whom are for life – and “to hold our #ProLife Senate majority.
“We are doing everything we can for pro-life champions Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue,” Mallory Quigley, vice president of communications for the SBA List, said in a press release.
“The results of these races will determine the fate of the U.S. Senate and our nation. Without a life-affirming Republican majority in the Senate, there would be no control over the pro-abortion Biden Harris administration, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and the radical abortion lobby that wants to end filibustering and dissolve the Court,” Quigley said.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp appointed Loeffler in 2020 to fill the seat of former senator Johnny Isakson after the latter retired. The Associated Press stated on Wednesday that Loeffler will run in a runoff election against Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock in January after neither candidate received at least 50 percent of the votes cast in the election. A simple majority of voter support is required to declare a winner for a seat in the Georgian Senate.
It was unclear whether Perdue, who was first elected in 2014 to represent Georgia in the Senate, would win a similar runoff vote against his Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff, although neither candidate had a clear majority by Thursday afternoon. In a statement published on Thursday on the Perdue campaign website, the senator’s campaign manager, Ben Fry, expressed his confidence in his chances of retaining his seat.
“One thing we know for sure: Senator David Perdue will be re-elected to the U.S. Senate, and the Republicans will defend the majority,” Fry said.
Votes in the presidential campaign were counted nationwide on Thursday, with no final winner yet. Democratic candidate Joe Biden led the popular vote and the electoral college on Thursday, causing concern among many supporters of President Donald Trump. Although the Republicans still had a majority in the Senate on Thursday, Georgia’s two seats could put the parties on an equal footing if both incumbents were to lose to their Democratic challengers in the runoff elections.
Georgia is traditionally a red state – a Democratic presidential candidate has not won his 16 votes since Bill Clinton in 1992 – but the gap between Trump and Biden narrowed when the election officials continued counting votes on Thursday.
SBA List describes its mission as seeking to end abortion by supporting pro-life candidates and legislation. The organization maintains a list of congressional representatives on its website and evaluates politicians based on their legislative work. SBA List has awarded both the Loeffler and Perdue “A” ratings.
Loeffler’s campaign press secretary, Caitlin O’Dea, said in a statement she told Washington Newsday that Loeffler was “honored” by the announcement of SBA List.
“Unlike her opponent, Senator Loeffler believes that every life is a precious gift from God – and she will never stop fighting to foster a culture of life in this country,” O’Dea said. “She is honored to have the support and backing of strong pro-life advocates like Susan B. Anthony List-and looks forward to fighting alongside her to defend the right to life against radical pro-abortion Democrats like Chuck Schumer and Raphael Warnock.
Before announcing her efforts in support of the Loeffler and Perdue re-election campaigns, SBA List said her supporters have invested more than $52 million this election cycle to help pro-life candidates in Senate elections as well as Trump’s re-election campaign. According to SBA List, the most recent $4 million investment in Georgia’s Senate campaign will be in print and digital ads and direct personal or telephone communications with voters.
Washington Newsday asked Perdue to comment on se