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Biden, Trump Will Both Be In Georgia The Day Before Critical Senate Runoffs

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President-elect Joe Biden will travel to Georgia Monday to campaign alongside Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock, the same day that President Donald Trump will hold a rally in Georgia for Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.

The competing events take place on the final day before Georgia’s high-stakes dual Senate runoffs on Jan. 5. The races will determine which party controls the Senate, and have attracted multiple high-profile figures including Trump, Biden, Vice President Mike Pence, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and former President Barack Obama.

Flanked by U.S. Democratic Senate candidates Rev. Raphael Warnock (L) and Jon Ossoff (R), U.S. President-elect Joe Biden gestures to the crowd at the end of a drive-in rally at Pullman Yard on December 15, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

If Democrats manage to flip both seats, they would achieve the narrowest of majorities with Harris’s tie-breaking vote, giving them full control of Congress and the White House. If not, then much of Biden’s agenda could be jeopardized by a GOP-led Senate. (RELATED: The Numbers In Georgia Point To Two Tossup Races)

The stakes have led to both statewide races attracting national attention, with Ossoff and Warnock campaigning on a Democratic Senate that will allow for sweeping legislation relating to voting rights, clean energy, infrastructure and more, while Republicans have warned that a Republican-led Senate is the only thing stopping the country from plunging towards socialism(RELATED: 76,000 Georgians Have Registered To Vote Since November’s Election)

VALDOSTA, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 05: President Donald Trump attends a rally in support of Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) and Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) on December 05, 2020 in Valdosta, Georgia. The rally with the senators comes ahead of a crucial runoff election for Perdue and Loeffler on January 5th which will decide who controls the United States senate. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump attends a rally in support of Sen. David Perdue and Sen. Kelly Loeffler on December 05, 2020 in Valdosta, Georgia. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Both races have set records for political fundraising and unprecedented ad spending. Ossoff and Warnock have each reported raising over $100 million since Election Day, and each race has seen hundreds of millions of dollars in ad spending.

The runoffs have also seen record turnout that even with that seen ahead of November’s election. Over 2.5 million Georgians have already voted, according to the U.S. Elections Project, fueled by high turnout throughout Atlanta and its surrounding suburbs.

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