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Abrams raises $6M for Georgia Democrats in Senate runoffs

Abrams raises $6M for Georgia Democrats in Senate runoffs
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Former Georgia gubernatorial hopeful Stacey Abrams says that she and her group Fair Fight Action have raised $6 million so far to help Democrats in Georgia’s pair of Jan. 5 Senate runoff elections. 

The voting rights activist and former state lawmaker announced the seven-figure fundraising haul in a tweet Monday.

“UPDATE: We have raised $6 million (!) so far to help jumpstart the Jan 5 Senate runoff elections,” she tweeted. 

Democrats fell short in their effort to win control of the Senate in last week’s elections, flipping only two Republican-held seats in Colorado and Arizona. But the two Senate races in Georgia ended without winners, setting up a pair of runoff elections that will determine party control of the Senate in 2021 and beyond.

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Democrat Jon Ossoff will face Sen. David PerdueDavid PerduePoll: Majority say Trump should concede Biden moves forward as GOP breaks with Trump rise Majority say they want GOP in control of Senate: poll MORE (R) in one of the runoffs, while Democrat Raphael Warnock will go up against Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerLoeffler to return to campaign trail following second negative COVID-19 test Poll: Majority say Trump should concede Biden moves forward as GOP breaks with Trump rise MORE (R) in the other. 

The runoffs carry major implications for both parties. With President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit Protect our world: How the Biden administration can save lives and economies worldwide MORE’s victory in the presidential contest and Democrats poised to maintain their majority in the House, Republicans are looking to their Senate majority to maintain influence and provide a bulwark against the new administration's agenda. 

Democrats, meanwhile, are scrambling to pick up control of the chamber, fearing that a divided Congress will deprive them of the ability to pass meaningful legislation.