Last Updated: Dec. 31, 2020 at 2:50 p.m. ET
First Published: Dec. 28, 2020 at 3:51 p.m. ET
President to visit Whitfield County to support Loeffler and Perdue
President Donald Trump attends a Dec. 5 rally in support of Georgia’s two Republican senators, David Perdue (L) and Kelly Loeffler (R). in Valdosta.
President Donald Trump is planning to visit Georgia on Monday night in a final attempt at garnering support for the state’s two Republican senators, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, before their crucial runoff elections. Trump is slated to visit Dalton, the county seat of Whitfield County, which has seen low early voter turnout for the runoffs on Tuesday.
The Whitfield County Republican Party will host Trump at what is being billed as a “Victory Rally” at the Dalton Regional Airport at 7 p.m. Eastern Monday. The president last campaigned for Loeffler and Perdue in Georgia on Dec. 5 when he spoke for nearly two hours in Valdosta. Trump could be targeting Whitfield County, which has a population of just over 100,000 and recorded 67% turnout in the November election, in order to drum up interest amid relatively modest early voting there. About 23.1% of the locality’s voters have cast ballots in advance, below the state’s average of 30.2%, according to U.S. Elections Project data. Whitfield County, located in northwest Georgia, is one of the most Republican counties in the state, with Loeffler having received 12,905 votes in November vs. 3,876 for her Democratic challenger, Rev. Raphael Warnock. Perdue was similarly successful in Whitfield County, with a 25,158-to-10,177 advantage over Democrat Jon Ossoff. Trump’s rallies are known to energize Republican voters, and he lost Georgia to President-elect Joe Biden by less than 12,000 votes last month. Both Loeffler and Perdue have played up their closeness to Trump throughout their campaigns. The special Senate runoff elections will have major implications for the incoming Biden administration. Democratic victories in both races would mean a 50-50 split in the Senate but give the party control of the chamber as a Democratic vice president, Kamala Harris, would cast tie-breaking votes. Now read: Georgia’s runoffs on your mind? Here’s what you need to know And see: Georgia Democrats campaign in Cobb County amid scarce early voting locations This report was first published on Dec. 28, 2020.