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Biden to campaign in Georgia for Democrats in Senate runoffs

Biden to campaign in Georgia for Democrats in Senate runoffs
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President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHoyer: House will vote on COVID-19 relief bill Friday Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Powell pushes back on GOP inflation fears MORE's campaign said early Thursday that he will travel to Georgia next week to support two Democrats in the state's Senate runoffs.

Biden will campaign on Tuesday in Atlanta on behalf of Jon OssoffJon OssoffGeorgia's GOP-led Senate passes bill requiring ID for absentee voting Koch-backed group launches ads urging lawmakers to reject COVID-19 relief bill Perdue rules out 2022 Senate bid against Warnock MORE and Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockGeorgia's GOP-led Senate passes bill requiring ID for absentee voting Koch-backed group launches ads urging lawmakers to reject COVID-19 relief bill Lawmakers commemorate one-year anniversary of Arbery's killing MORE, as well as other Democrats in the next month's runoffs.

Additional details were not provided.

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Ossoff is facing off against Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueGeorgia's GOP-led Senate passes bill requiring ID for absentee voting Perdue rules out 2022 Senate bid against Warnock Loeffler leaves door open to 2022 rematch against Warnock MORE (R-Ga.) in one of the runoffs on Jan. 5, while Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerGeorgia's GOP-led Senate passes bill requiring ID for absentee voting Lawmakers commemorate one-year anniversary of Arbery's killing Perdue rules out 2022 Senate bid against Warnock MORE (R-Ga.) is slated to go up against Warnock in the other race. The races were sent to runoffs after neither candidate in either election secured a majority of the vote in November.

If Ossoff and Warnock oust Georgia’s two Republican senators, it would effectively give Democrats a controlling vote in the upper chamber, with Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisCollins: Biden's .9T coronavirus package won't get any Senate GOP votes House panel advances Biden's .9T COVID-19 aid bill Biden's immigration bill could wreck his majority, but Democrats have opportunity to do the right thing MORE casting the tie-breaking vote once she takes office in January.

Otherwise, Republicans and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell backs Garland for attorney general Trump to attend private RNC donor retreat The Patriot Party already exists — it's the Democrats MORE (R-Ky.) would retain control of the Senate, which would likely make achieving the approval of Biden’s Cabinet picks and agenda more difficult.

Republicans are also pulling out all the stops for the Georgia runoff election, sending President TrumpDonald TrumpRomney: 'Pretty sure' Trump would win 2024 GOP nomination if he ran for president Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Trump says 'no doubt' Tiger Woods will be back after accident MORE and Vice President Pence to campaign for the incumbent senators.

Biden’s incoming White House chief of staff, Ron KlainRon KlainCollins: Biden's .9T coronavirus package won't get any Senate GOP votes Capito asks White House to allow toxic chemicals rule to proceed White House press aide resigns after threatening Politico reporter MORE, told NBC News’s “Meet the Press” last month that the president-elect and vice president-elect would campaign in Georgia for the Democratic candidates.

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"It's obviously important to win those seats in Georgia," he said.

If "we have more people who support the kinds of things that Joe Biden supports, I think we're going to have ... a better government," he added.

Except for a trip to Philadelphia on Veterans Day, Biden has not left Delaware since being declared president-elect on Nov. 7.

He became the first Democrat to win the presidential election in Georgia since 1992, although Trump has refused to concede and contested the results by promoting unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud. Republican Georgia elections officials have denied his claims.

National Republicans have expressed concerns that Trump’s challenging of the election's integrity will lead GOP voters to be unmotivated to participate in the runoffs.

Trump's reelection campaign manager, Bill StepienBill StepienTrump ready to make McConnell's life miserable State parties seek to punish anti-Trump Republicans Trump's refusal to concede sows confusion among staff MORE, said in a statement Thursday morning that Biden's trip to Georgia "proves that Democrats are taking the Senate runoff elections seriously and so should Republicans."

"Perdue and Loeffler have been strong allies for President Trump while their opponents represent everything liberal activists have been screaming about for four years," he added.

— Updated at 9:57 a.m.