Embattled Republican Georgia Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are now in runoffs with their respective Democratic challengers. As the campaigns get closer to the Jan. 5 runoff elections, Republicans seem to be caught between embracing President Donald Trump and keeping him at an arm’s length as the president continues to contest the results of the Nov. 3 presidential election.
The political center of gravity in the United States has temporarily shifted from Washington, D.C., to Georgia, as the Senate runoffs there will determine whether Republicans remain in control of the Senate or Democrats gain control of the White House and both chambers of Congress come January. Some reports suggest that Georgia Republicans are concerned about an anti-Trump vote carrying Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock to victory. Other reports claim Georgia Republicans are worried about alienating disgruntled Trump voters if the candidates turn their back on Trump’s insistence he won the presidential election.