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Republican pollster: 'Next 48 hours are going to be among the worst for the GOP'

Republican pollster Frank Luntz said Tuesday that he thinks the “next 48 hours are going to be among the worst for the GOP,” amid Georgia’s runoff elections on Tuesday and Congress’s Electoral College certification vote on Wednesday.

Luntz told CNBC’s “The Squawk” that Democrats have an advantage as a “unified” party as Senate elections take place in Georgia to determine whether Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerKelly Loeffler's WNBA team sold after players' criticism Please, President Trump: Drop your quest for revenge and help the GOP The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan MORE (R-Ga.) and Republican David PerdueDavid PerduePlease, President Trump: Drop your quest for revenge and help the GOP The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan Georgia's GOP-led Senate passes bill requiring ID for absentee voting MORE, whose term officially ended Sunday, will return to the upper chamber.  

“There is a greater divide in the Republican Party than there is in the Democratic Party,” he said. “The party is in the process of tearing itself apart and you don’t do that now, when you’re this close to the most important Senate election, literally, in a lifetime. Democrats are unified, Republicans are not, and that’s what gives them the advantage.”

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“I think the next 48 hours are going to be among the worst for the GOP,” he added.

The fracturing of the Republican Party has been most visible in Washington as Congress prepares to meet to approve the Electoral College vote, the final step in President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate Democrats negotiating changes to coronavirus bill Rural Americans are the future of the clean energy economy — policymakers must to catch up WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year MORE’s victory over President TrumpDonald TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend MORE

Trump has refused to concede, citing unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud, and several Republicans have committed to contesting the Electoral College vote to attempt to overturn the election in the president’s favor. 

Luntz pointed to Trump’s claims of voter fraud, saying they likely harmed candidates in the Georgia runoffs by discouraging GOP voters from participating in the election.

“Democrats are voting in record numbers over the last two, three weeks,” he said. “Republicans are being told to stay home and Donald Trump, when he shows up to deliver that final rallying cry, he spends as much time talking about his own election as he does about the Republicans.”

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Loeffler is going up against Democratic candidate the Rev. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockTrump says 2018 endorsement of Kemp 'hurt' Republicans Kelly Loeffler's WNBA team sold after players' criticism The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan MORE while Perdue is facing Jon Ossoff in the two races that will determine which party controls the Senate.

If either Republican wins, the GOP will retain the majority in the upper chamber, but if both Democrats win, the Senate will be split 50-50 with Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris pushes for support for cities in coronavirus relief package This week: Senate takes up coronavirus relief after minimum wage setback Brown vows Democrats will 'find a way' to raise minimum wage MORE becoming the tie-breaking vote.

Dozens of Republicans in the House and Senate have committed to contesting the Electoral College vote on Wednesday and aim to get enough support in Congress to send the matter to the mostly Republican state legislatures. 

But the effort is unlikely to be successful, as Democrats control the House, and several Republican leaders and senators have spoken out against the move.