When two outstanding Georgia Republicans decided to run for the same seat in the U.S. Senate this year, the Republicans did not expect a gentle and gentle game.
But many people did not expect what this game would eventually become: a very personal, anxious fight between Senator Kelly Loveller and Rep. Doug Collins, which made the friendship succeed or fail, in Georgia. Political loyalty is high, and high-profile Washington Republicans, including President Donald Trump himself. For the Republican Party of Georgia, what is worse is that internal fighting may clear the way for the Democratic Party to defeat both of them.
The two countries are attacking each other in every possible way. Loeffler portrays Colins as a selfish swamp creature who secretly loves liberals and is a little confused about what conservatives care about. Collins did exactly the same thing, adding a little bit of corruption due to the revelation of Loeffler̵
The friendship between Collins and Democratic lawmakers has always been an issue. Loeffler’s ownership of Mao Zedong’s prints by Andy Warhol has always been a problem. When it comes to expressing love and loyalty to Trump, everyone tries to surpass the other. Everyone accuses the other party of being Mitt Romney’s secret ally, the Republican presidential candidate transferred from Utah to the U.S. Senator in 2012, and the only Republican vote to vote Tron in the impeachment case. Universal conviction.
Among all the party ridicules, Collins and Loveler, as well as various financially strong external groups supporting their candidates, largely ignored Rafael Warnock, the Democrat in the campaign. This left him with a few months to define himself for voters and get rid of the scorched earth campaign on the other side of the aisle. This makes Warnock not only a competitor, but for some political prophets, it is definitely a favorite to win seats.
The Republican Party has seen many annoying primaries before and regards them as part of a normal and even healthy process. But the structure of this Georgia game changed the usual calculations. Loeffler and Collins are not only opposed to each other: they are just two of the two dozen candidates in the so-called “jungle primaries”, where the top two finishers, regardless of party, If they do not participate, the candidates who will enter the January final will reach 50% on November 3.
Once upon a time, Republicans believed that their two candidates were strong enough to seize the top two in a scattered democratic sphere, thus ensuring that the seat was in the hands of the Republican Party anyway. But the Democrats have united around Warnock, the preacher and activist, as their first candidate in the election.
According to public opinion polls of race, the impact is huge. Just three months ago, a poll conducted by Monmouth University found that Loeffler and Collins were on par, with Warnock’s ratio of 9%, far ahead of one-third. But on Wednesday, Monmouth saw a huge change: Warnock jumped to 41%, Loeffler jumped to 21%, and Collins jumped to 18%.
It is now generally accepted that only one Republican will make the finals. The party’s growing concern is that whoever does everything may be defined by their right-hand genocide in the jungle primary elections, so that they cannot reliably attract the political center of this purple country. This is particularly the case with Loeffler, who has huge sums of money from election campaigns to cover up the airwaves with advertisements touting her supposedly right-leaning politics. Last month, she ran an ad claiming that she was more conservative than Attila the Hun. Attila the Hunted is a bloodthirsty European war leader in the fourth century. He is widely known for his conservative ideals and is more commonly referred to by contemporary historians as “the curse of the nations”.
An unnamed Georgia Republican man said while discussing the game frankly: “The advertisement for Loeffler’s winning first place in the special event defines her as making it difficult for her to back down within two months. “
The Republicans continued: “People will remember Attila Huns’ advertisements.” “Transforming into an’Atlanta businessman who will help rebuild the economy’ has become more difficult because Collins doesn’t have that much money, and he has not defined himself as A corner.”
Like many party officials, Cobb County Republican Party Chairman Jason Shepherd (Jason Shepherd) is the bastion of the Republican Party in the state. He is openly neutral about the game and told The Daily Beast that he likes Love Le and Collins. “It’s like any kind of inter-party struggle where both sides become annoying,” Shepard said. “There is a lot of time to heal.”
Republicans in Washington generally agree with this assessment and believe that, as in the past, when faced with a dual choice with the Democratic Party, the party will eventually be unified.
However, for other outstanding Georgia Republicans, this game is too cruel to cure. Debbie Dooley, who co-founded the Atlanta Tea Party, is an outspoken supporter of Collins. She regards the campaign as a conservative grassroots representative represented by the candidate and a corrupt representative represented by Loeffler. The choice among Republican elites.
Dooley said that anyone thinks that Georgia will be easily merged after November 3. Dooley said this is “smoking.”
“Since 1976, I have been a lifelong activist for the Republican Party, but I cannot support Kelly Loeffler. If she is the nominee, I will get the red flu and sit at home.” she says. “If you vote for the smaller of the two evils, you are still voting for evil.”
This fierce intra-party quarrel split the Georgia Republicans, just as the Democrats gained enough momentum to make a difference in their first victory in the state in the U.S. Senate in 20 years. This week, political forecasters at the Political Center of the University of Virginia moved both campaigns for the U.S. Senate from “simplified Republicans” to “provocateurs.”
Warnock is a relatively unknown politically unknown outside of Georgia. His rise in opinion polls has generated stable cash flow and a series of high-profile support, including former President Jimmy Carter and the late Rep. John Well-known Georgia politicians such as Lewis and Stacy Abrams, and former Democratic leader of the State Assembly House of Representatives, he weakly lost in the 2018 governor election.
After Warnock announced a modest amount of fundraising for most of the year, the small donation agency of the Democratic Party raised funds for him: in the first two weeks of October, he raised $4.6 million. , Which allowed him to reach nearly $22 million in this round of financing, according to the federal campaign financial report.
“There is no doubt that Warnock has benefited from raising large sums of money, has the luxury of storytelling, and no one cheers for him,” said Brian Robinson, the Republican long-term strategist of Georgian politicians. “This gives others a high degree of goodwill.”
The hope of the Republicans in Georgia is that the bet on runoff is so large that all Republicans must consolidate behind the candidates who end up in the runoff. That’s because control of the Senate may fall to Georgia: If no party has a clear majority after November 3, Georgia’s two Senate elections (which may both be scheduled for January 5) The final) will determine the control of the Senate.
Robinson said: “Republicans will be motivated to refuse to elect any candidate in January because there are many people in the line.” “There will be a reset the day after the election. There must be.” He also warned. The final winner should immediately begin to redefine himself to attract a wider range of voters. This process “must be accompanied by an external Republican group to start pouring lava on Warnock and start to weaken his favorability,” he said. .
Even if Washington’s top Republican organization spent the torch on Corinth last year, the external cavalry will come. But after November. Resetting 3 candidates can be difficult. Attila advertising is one thing. But everyone has the support of marginalized people: Loveler was approved this month by Congressman Marjorie Taylor Greene, who may be from Georgia. Her violent rhetoric and QAnon flirting made her from The Republican circles from Georgia to the District of Columbia are radioactive. At a rally this month, riding a military-style Hummer to the suburban lawn.
At the same time, Collins has always been a staunch conservative during the U.S. House of Representatives. Almost everyone is celebrating the death of Justice Ruth Bud Ginsburg last month. This is a victory for the anti-abortion cause and broadcast Supported by Canon’s public supporters.
The right turn is particularly ironic for Loeffler, who was appointed chairman by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp at the end of 2019, which was seen as the party’s hope to compete in the increasingly diverse purple Georgia state. Sign. Loveler is the owner of the Atlanta professional women’s basketball team and a member of the wealthy and moderate Republican circle, but he didn’t want to be a hard-liner.
Or, as the Colins campaign put it: “She was a quiet small business liberal who was good before flag protests and pluralist slogans until she fell behind in the Senate campaign. Now she is trying to become Attila of the Huns.”
Loeffler brought money indisputably. When Kemp appointed her to the seat, she immediately became the richest member of the Senate. Loeffler initially said that she would invest $20 million of her funds in the re-election campaign. It turns out that this is not enough. As of mid-October, Loeffler had loaned $23 million to her campaign. Her husband, Jeffrey Sprecher, chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, dumped another $5.5 million to the super PAC that was responsible for her reelection.
However, when Loeffler was appointed to the seat, their personal wealth was seen as an obvious political asset and also became a major responsibility. In March of this year, the “Daily Beast” reported that she and Sprecher sold millions of dollars in stock after the Senate made a closed-door report on the coronavirus. Both the FBI and Senate ethics officials conducted investigations, but did not determine that she violated the law prohibiting federal public officials from engaging in non-public information transactions.
Both Collins and Warnock accused her of profiting from the pandemic and causing economic turmoil. This scandal still plagues Loeffler’s campaign. The non-Pro-Corinthian group, Georgia’s “Do Not Sell”, maintained an offensive route throughout the campaign.
The blood feud of Collins-Loeffler put their common trump card Trump in a strong position. The president faithfully supported the new senator who hugged him tightly and suggested that he should receive multiple Nobel Peace Prizes. But Trump and Collins, the chief defender during the House impeachment inquiry investigation, also have a long-term close relationship.
It is not clear which candidate has the advantage in the core Republican base, but if the Monmouth poll released on Wednesday shows any signs, it may be Loeffler. When asked which candidate was “more supportive” for the president, the interviewee Lovler said at a ratio of nearly three to one.
But many people believe that quiet Collins supporters do not want to publicly express their support for him, lest they conflict with Kemp and the establishment of the Republican Party. An anonymous Georgia Republican told The Daily Beast: “The boycott of the other side of the governor has frozen many of Collins’ fundraising activities.”
Two weeks ago, at Trump’s rally in Macon, Georgia, Collins and Loveler both attended the meeting. The President publicly praised the two of them from the stage-for intimate observers of race, the reaction was to tell: When Trump mentioned her, Loeffler received enthusiastic applause from the crowd, but Collins got clear from the crowd Roar. Cobb County Republican Party Chairman Shepard said he turned to a friend after hearing the response. “I said,’Oh, oh,'” he told The Daily Beast.
“Boy, I’m in a bad position,” an angry Trump sighed at the rally. “I love them all.” But he suggested that at least one person can stand out in this nasty dispute.
“Do you know who will be the biggest winner? Trump,” he said. “People who vote at the same time will vote for me.”