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The footage out of the Georgia senate races only gets more amazing. Both US senate seats in Georgia are contested this year because one is a special election after a previous senator stepped down for health reasons.
It would be a major coup for Democrats to pick up a senate seat in Georgia. Joe Biden has been campaigning in the state recently to help the effort (and maybe pick up a little something for himself).
And both races are doozies. In one, the senator appointed by the Republican governor to fill the vacated seat, Kelly Loeffler, is trying to win statewide election for the first time – and struggling mightily. (That doesn’t mean the seat will go to a Democrat; it’s a three-way race and if no one hits 50% it goes to a runoff between the top two candidates.)
Here’s Loeffler handling a question about Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women by claiming that she is “not familiar” with the Access Hollywood tape in which Trump says “grab ’em by the pussy”:
In the other race, Democrat Jon Ossoff, who looks like he has a real shot, is trying to unseat incumbent David Perdue, who earlier this month mocked Kamala Harris’ name at a Donald Trump rally.
Here’s Ossoff flaying Perdue in a debate while Perdue tries to hide behind his tie:
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Hello and welcome to our round-the-clock coverage of the 2020 US election. Five days until election day now – and more than 70 million people, likely about half the total that will vote for a major party candidate, have cast ballots.
Both campaigns are packing in rallies in the final days, and on Wednesday they agreed on where to go: Arizona, a recently red state that Joe Biden has put in play. Donald Trump held a packed, maskless rally in Phoenix while the Biden campaign organized a drive-in event with Kamala Harris.
On Wednesday the death toll from Covid-19 topped 1,000 in the United States, with states reporting 1m tests, about 79,000 new cases, and 1,025 deaths, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
Barack Obama will campaign with Biden in the battleground state of Michigan on Saturday, just three days before election day. It will be the first joint in-person campaign appearance of the two since Biden won the Democratic presidential nomination.
The US supreme court declined on Wednesday to block an agreement giving North Carolina voters more time to return their absentee ballots, the latest in a series on important rulings on mail-in ballots in key swing states. The decision was announced shortly after a similar decision on Wednesday in which the justices declined to halt an extension of the ballot receipt deadline in Pennsylvania, another key swing state.
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