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Collins urges voters to turn out in Georgia runoffs

Georgia Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsDrudge congratulates Warnock, says Ann Coulter should have been GOP candidate Warnock defeats Loeffler in Georgia Senate runoff Warnock says he needs to win 'by comfortable margin' because 'funny things go on' MORE (R) urged Republican voters to keep track of local election laws and turn out in two Senate runoffs in January amid concerns that some in the GOP will boycott the contests.

Speaking on John Catsimatidis’s radio show on WABC 770, Collins said it was imperative for voters to make sure that their votes would be tallied in the two races, which will pit Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerNikki Haley unveils PAC ahead of possible 2024 White House bid McConnell has said he thinks Trump committed impeachable offenses: report Top Republican congressional aide resigns, rips GOP lawmakers who objected to Biden win MORE (R) against Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock and Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueNikki Haley unveils PAC ahead of possible 2024 White House bid McConnell has said he thinks Trump committed impeachable offenses: report Trump's legacy is discord and division MORE (R) against documentary filmmaker Jon Ossoff (D).

“Well I think the biggest thing in all of this is to focus on being involved in the election process. This election process showed that people had to be on guard, not just in the election time, but also in all times. If we see changes to how we administer absentee ballots, how we see changes administered to our voter rolls, people have to take advantage of that and watch that,” he said.

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“Down here in Georgia, for people across the country, they need to know that these two Senate seats hold the key to Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerCowboys for Trump founder arrested following Capitol riot Graham calls on Schumer to hold vote to dismiss article of impeachment against Trump Biden and the new Congress must protect Americans from utility shutoffs MORE not becoming the majority leader in the United States Senate, and we’ve got to do everything we can so we don’t see the backwards trail of undoing that Chuck Schumer and Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCowboys for Trump founder arrested following Capitol riot Retired Army general: 'We can't have demonstrators showing up at a state Capitol with damn long guns' Graham calls on Schumer to hold vote to dismiss article of impeachment against Trump MORE would want to do to what’s happened in the last four years,” he added, referencing Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Collins faced off against Loeffler in the special election to serve the remainder of former Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonLoeffler concedes to Warnock Hawley to still object to Pennsylvania after Capitol breached Hillary Clinton trolls McConnell: 'Senate Minority Leader' MORE's (R) term.

The remarks come as both Republicans and Democrats launch full court presses in Georgia in the battle for the Peach state's two Senate seats. Outside groups have already spent tens of millions of dollars in ads there to boost their preferred candidates, and millions more is anticipated to be on the way before Jan. 5, the date of the two elections.

The runoffs have taken on outsized importance given the current 50-48 split in favor of the GOP in the next Senate. Should Democrats win both seats, they would take control of the Senate with Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden-Harris team unveils inauguration playlist Trump approval rating relatively unchanged in wake of Capitol rioting: NBC News poll Harris to resign from Senate seat on Monday MORE serving as a possible tie-breaking vote.

However, Republicans have voiced concerns that false claims that the November presidential election and the runoffs will be rigged could persuade Republicans to boycott the January contests and depress GOP turnout, which would give Democrats an advantage.

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President TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT MORE, who lost Georgia to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP Iran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries MORE and is one of the loudest voices promoting claims of widespread voter fraud, is slated to visit the state next weekend and urged Republicans to turn out for Loeffler and Collins.

“[T]he 2020 Election was a total scam, we won by a lot (and will hopefully turn over the fraudulent result), but we must get out and help David and Kelly, two GREAT people. Otherwise we are playing right into the hands of some very sick people. I will be in Georgia on Saturday!” the president tweeted Friday.