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Republicans are ringing the alarm bells after President Trump called Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
Across the board, GOP officials directly involved in the Georgia and Washington race fear the call, in which Trump unsuccessfully pressured the Secretary of State to find voices that would sway the balance in Trump’s favor, is a riot rally will anticipate on Monday evening.
They believe the president will spend far more time focusing on his baseless electoral fraud claims than gathering his supporters to vote for David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler’s Republican ticket. He will be attending a rally in Dalton, Georgia tonight.
“The president’s ability to exceed expectations when it comes to how unhelpful he will be remains undefeated,” said a GOP official working on the runoff election.
It is a concern shared locally in Georgia. Republican heads of state have argued constantly with Trump over the administration of the November election, but shared with Trump a shared desire to have Loeffler and Perdue elected. There is a growing fear among those working with the GOP candidates that the president’s fixation on a losing campaign will continue to hurt the runoff.
“That call did absolutely nothing to increase the turnout of Republicans here in Georgia, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue,” Georgia governor Geoff Duncan told CNN. “I was disappointed, and in all honesty, I can’t imagine anyone on this team encouraging this call or not advising them to hang up and move on to the next topic.”
Duncan said he won’t be coming to see the president on Monday night.
Following the unveiling of the call, many Georgia Republicans have given up hope that Trump’s Monday night visit will make a positive contribution to these efforts.
“Nobody has any reasonable reason to believe that things will go well,” said one Georgia Republican. “The likelihood of a full show is absolutely not in the charts. If a disaster is avoided, it is sheer bad luck. ”
When talking to Raffensperger on the phone, Trump cited the crowd expected for the rally on Monday evening in Dalton as evidence that he had actually won the November election.