Stacey Abrams: Georgia runoffs will be ‘competitive’ given huge stakes

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Stacey Abrams, winning praise this week for organizing that may help turn Georgia blue, said Sunday that Democrats face a tough but winnable battle to flip two Senate seats in a runoff early next year.

Organizations founded by the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate — When Fair Fight and the New Georgia Project — registered more than 800,000 new voters this year. Biden had a slim lead in Georgia over President Donald Trump as of Sunday morning.

Democrats are now turning to two Georgia Senate runoffs scheduled for early January that will likely determine whether they control the Senate when Biden becomes president. On CNN’s "State of the Union" on Sunday, Abrams said she rejected the "anachronistic notion that we can’t win in Georgia," citing investments that weren’t available in the past and the high stakes of the races. Abrams said the runoffs will be the determining factor of "access to health care and access to justice in the United States."

"We know this is going to be a hard fight," she said. "It’s going to be a competitive fight."

The Jan. 5 runoffs will pit the Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, against incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, and Democrat Jon Ossoff against GOP Sen. David Perdue.

Republicans on Sunday were cautiously optimistic about their chances of winning the Georgia races, which would allow them to serve as a check on Biden and the Democratic-controlled House. The Senate is now deadlocked at 48-48, but Republicans are leading uncalled races in Alaska and North Carolina.

A big change in the January runoffs will be the absence of President Donald Trump at the top of the ticket. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said on NBC’s "Meet the Press" that the races will be more about policy.

"I don’t think the American people want to sign up for the ‘Green New Deal’ and for ‘Medicare for All’ and so forth," he said. "So I think we’ll do well in the Georgia race. But it’s going to be a challenge."

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