In short, Donald Trump and his malignant campaign to overturn the results of the election have thrown the state Republicans into chaos, complicated their ability to craft a believable message and may well cost Republicans control of the Senate.
While Georgia Democrats remain exhilarated and energized after pushing Biden across the finish line in November, Trump seems determined to form a circular firing squad. It’s further evidence of Trump’s flailing efforts to stay in power, which show little concern for the collateral damage he is causing his party or the country’s democracy, for that matter.
That, to put it mildly, is not the best way to turn out the vote.
Trump’s refusal to accept defeat has also created another problem for GOP candidates, depriving them of what could be their most persuasive argument to voters. With Democrats controlling the White House and the House of Representatives, Loeffler and Perdue could tell voters that putting them in office would help Republicans act as a check on Democrats.
As for Democrats, they know the stakes and the odds and are taking nothing for granted.
Republicans are angry and divided. Democrats are motivated and unified.
This is an election like no other. Hyperbole is common in elections, but it’s hard to remember a Senate election, much less a runoff, whose outcome carried such powerful consequences.
In a fittingly bizarre twist for this bizarre year, if Democrats win, they may just have to send Trump a thank you note. After all, it is Georgia, good manners are expected.