President Trump rallies in Georgia ahead of Senate runoffs

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VALDOSTA, Ga. (NewsNation Now) — President Donald Trump is expected to campaign Saturday for two Republican senators in Georgia facing January runoffs in his first political rally since his re-election bid loss last month.

Georgia, long a Republican stronghold — but one with rapidly changing demographics — is the site of the two runoffs on Jan. 5 to settle which party would control the Senate. The runoffs pit two Republican senators, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, against well-funded Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.

Democrats would need to win both seats to win a majority. If Republicans win one seat, they will retain control and be able to block much of Biden’s legislative agenda. Saturday’s rally is hosted by the Republican National Committee and is expected to have appearances from other notable Republicans.

Trump has repeatedly and without evidence asserted widespread fraud in the November election, a claim rejected by state and federal officials, including in Georgia, which Joe Biden became the first Democratic presidential candidate to win the state since Bill Clinton in 1992.

On Friday, President-elect Biden confirmed he would travel to campaign for his party’s Senate candidates.

The rally is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST Saturday night. NewsNation will livestream the event.

  • Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., takes the stage before Vice President Mike Pence during a Defend the Majority Rally, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 in Canton, Ga. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)
  • FILE – In this Nov. 13, 2020, file photo Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Sen. Kelly Loeffler speaks at a campaign rally in Cumming, Ga. Loeffler and Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock are in a runoff election for the Senate seat in Georgia. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
  • FILE – In this Nov. 15, 2020, file photo Georgia Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate Raphael Warnock, left, and Jon Ossoff, right, gesture toward a crowd during a campaign rally in Marietta, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
  • FILE – In this Nov. 4, 2018, file photo, then-Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, left, walks with President Donald Trump as Trump arrives for a rally in Macon , Ga. President Trump said Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 he was “ashamed” for endorsing the Republican governor of Georgia after he lost in the state to Democrat Joe Biden. Trump said on Fox News that Gov. Brian Kemp has “done absolutely nothing” to question the state’s results.. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
  • Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger shows off voter registration postcards that were sent to his deceased son as he makes remarks during a press conference at the Georgia State Capitol building in Atlanta, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
  • President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony to present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former football coach Lou Holtz, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
  • Vice President Mike Pence, right, speaks with Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., and Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga, as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Robert Redfield looks on after a meeting on COVID-19 at the CDC Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Attorney Lin Wood fires up supporters during a “Stop the Steal” rally in Alpharetta, Ga., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

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