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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 Obama 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.”

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Democratic Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock tweeted similar messages Tuesday evening as they face off against Republicans David PerdueDavid PerdueAdvocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee Bipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks MORE and Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerAdvocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee Bipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks 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.