How Kelly Loeffler and Raphael Warnock Are Spending Final Days Before Georgia Runoffs

With just days to go before the Georgia runoffs, an election poised to decide the which party controls the Senate, Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler and her Democrat opponent, Raphael Warnock, continued to trade political barbs.

The biggest difference that emerged over the weekend was the tone of the campaigns, with Loeffler—a billionaire Trump loyalist—launching into a series of personal attacks on Warnock, who instead focused on her political performance and source of her wealth.

Appearing alongside Texas Senator Ted Cruz at a rally on Saturday in Atlanta on Saturday, Loeffler accused Warnock of "hiding out" during the campaign. Speaking from the back of a pickup truck, she also accused Warnock of supporting marxism and socialism.

A spokesperson for Warnock told The Daily Beast on Saturday that Loeffler had repeatedly lied during the election campaign."Georgians see through Kelly Loeffler's dishonest campaign, and they know that during her year serving in the Senate she's spent far more time looking out for herself than looking out for them," they said.

Despite Loeffler's suggestion he was hiding out, Warnock was on TV, telling MSNBC over the weekend that he was "deeply honored" to be running for the U.S. Senate "against the wealthiest member of Congress. "Only in America is my story possible," he said.

He added: "Rather than standing with the people who are crying out for COVID relief who could have used that $2000 stimulus - rather than fighting for that or pushing Mitch McConnell to put it up for a vote—she is busy focused on herself, which is what she had done before she went to the Senate, she did that now that she's in the senate.

"The good news is that in our country we have elections. She was appointed [and] the people are disappointed. The folk who sold her that seat don't own it. And I believe that come January 5 the people of Georgia are coming to get their seat back."

.@KLoeffler is supposed to be representing the people of Georgia. Instead, she's trying to diminish their voice. And she ought to be ashamed.

— Reverend Raphael Warnock (@ReverendWarnock) January 2, 2021

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell last week blocked a one-time $2,000 stimulus check for Americans impacted by the ongoing COVID pandemic.

Loeffler was appointed to the Senate by Georgia Governor Ben Kemp in December last year after then-Senator Johnny Isakson resigned for health reasons.

As noted by political analysis site FiveThirtyEight, the runoff was triggered after neither candidate in Georgia's Senate races won a majority of the vote on November 3. The top two candidates in each race are competing for a majority of votes on January 5.

In the regular election, Republican Sen. David Perdue is facing Democrat Jon Ossoff. The Senate is currently made up of 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats.

In a move that is expected to disrupt, but not change the outcome of, president-elect Joe Biden's certification on January 6, Sen. Ted Cruz announced on Saturday that a group of 11 senators and senators-elect would contest the process unless a 10-day audit of the presidential election results in "disputed states" could be conducted.

In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Loeffler declined to state if she would vote to certify Biden's win, instead saying that she was "looking very, very closely at it."

Loeffler and Warnock's opposing campaigning styles were visible on Twitter over the weekend. While the Democrat called on residents to campaign and vote, Loeffler struck a more Trumpian tone."Together, we're going to STOP socialism. We're going to SAVE this country. And we're going to PROTECT the American Dream," she wrote.

Together, we’re going to STOP socialism.

We’re going to SAVE this country.

And we’re going to PROTECT the American Dream.

VOTE TUESDAY! #gapol #gasen

— Kelly Loeffler (@KLoeffler) January 3, 2021

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be campaigning in the state of Georgia ahead of Tuesday's runoff election. Harris is expected to appear at Savannah later today, while Biden will campaign in Atlanta on Monday. The same day, president Trump is reportedly holding a rally for Republican senators in Dalton.

Raphael Warnock
Democratic Senate candidate Raphael Warnock delivers remarks during a campaign rally with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden at Pullman Yard on December 15, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Drew Angerer/Getty