Obama tells voters in Georgia to protect their rights and stay in line

Obama tells voters in Georgia to protect their rights and stay in line
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Former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOur remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Chelsea Manning tests positive for COVID-19 MORE urged any Georgia voters still in line to remain there as the polls closed at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the Peach State’s Senate runoff elections.

“Georgia voters—If you're in line before the polls close at 7 pm, stay there. You have the right to vote, no matter how long it takes,” the former president tweeted. “If you have questions, call the Georgia voter protection hotline at 1-888-730-5816. Let's bring this home.”


Democratic Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock tweeted similar messages Tuesday evening as they face off against Republicans David PerdueDavid PerdueGOP sees Biden crises as boon for midterm recruitment Trump campaign, RNC refund donors another .8 million in 2021: NYT Loeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run MORE and Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerWarnock picks up major abortion rights group's endorsement in reelection bid Trump endorses Hershel Walker for Georgia Senate seat Herschel Walker's entrance shakes up Georgia Senate race MORE, respectively. Perdue and Loeffler are defending their seats in the runoffs.

The two races will determine control of the Senate. While Warnock and Ossoff both have a slight polling edge, the races are widely considered tossups given uncertainties about turnout and polling accuracy, as well as the traditional GOP advantage in runoffs.