Want to help flip a Republican out of their Senate seat in Georgia this November? How about two?
What’s that you say?
Yes, two Senate seats. Even though only 1/3 of Senate seats are up for re-election in any given year, and each state’s Senators’ terms are staggered, in 2020 we have a unique situation in Georgia. David Perdue’s Senate term is up this year, so his race is the “normal” one. But when Senator Johnny Isakson resigned due to his health last year, it set up the need for a special election to formally elect someone to serve out the rest of his term. The governor of Georgia appointed Kelly Loeffler to serve until the special election.
Kelly Loeffler, a business executive with no political experience, has only been in her seat since December. Her appointment by Gov. Kemp was widely seen as an attempt by Kemp to improve his (and other Republicans) standing with suburban Republican women. She has been hyper-partisan right out of the gate. This race is only considered to be Lean Republican.
Georgia has been getting bluer, and the demographics of the state are changing, but widespread voter suppression makes it all the more important to drive huge turnout to flip these seats.
Who is running in these races?
Perdue’s seat: Currently, there are nine Democratic opponents running in the primary, some of which are big names (you can see the full list HERE). The statewide primary in Georgia is May 19.
Loeffler’s seat: Who will be running in this election is very fluid. Loeffler is expected to run and has the backing of the Governor. Rep. Doug Collins (R) has verbally announced he’ll run for the seat, and is an ardent advocate for Trump. The bitter fight between the two for Republican voters in Georgia could create a scenario where the Democrat wins the race. When this races settles a bit, you’ll be able to find all the candidates HERE.
How you can help the Democrats flip this Senate seat
No surprise, it’s going to take good old fashioned organizing and investment.
1. Donate to flip the Georgia Senate seats. Swing Left has started a Georgia Senate fund that will be given to the winners of the Democratic primary. When you click that link, you have the option of equally splitting your donation between the two races, or just give to one. For those folks outside the state, Swing Left’s fund is a great way to support the eventual nominee without needing to know the details of Georgia politics. Plus, this money will be crucial for the eventual nominee to have especially against the ton of outside money pouring into the state to help the Republicans get re-elected.
2. Help with voter registration drives in the state. Get involved with Stacey Abram’s organization, Fair Fight, as they work to drive turnout among Georgia voters. As another idea, share Rock the Vote’s voter registration page for Georgia (HERE) on your social media pages.
3. Support the Georgia Democratic party and sign up for their updates. Donate to them, ask them how you can help with voter registration drives, or boosting the number of volunteers they have to help with campaigns.
4. Are you in Georgia? Volunteer to help flip this Senate seat! Swing Left is one of many organizations that is organizing in Georgia, and they need volunteers. Sign up to let them know you want to help!
5. Support Georgia’s League of Women Voters. They organize voter registration drives and have events to inform and connect voters with the candidates.
Do you have other ideas of how we can kick out two Republicans and replace them with Democrats in the Senate in 2020, particularly ideas for folks outside the state who want to help? If so, please let me know in the comments. Thanks!
Stacey Abrams is backing Reverand Raphael Warnock for the Georgia Senate race. Raphael Warnock had a splashy entrance into the race and has gotten the local media’s attention right away. Warnock is running for Kelly Loeffler’s Senate seat in Georgia. David Perdue is facing Jon Ossoff and Teresa Tomlinson, and several others. Jon Ossoff is running to challenge David Perdue for the Senate seat in Georgia. Teresa Tomlinson is running to challenge David Perdue for the Senate seat in Georgia.