Kaufman: Georgia should be on your mind

Polling surprisingly remains close, which explains why Trump held a weekend rally in Macon.

Atlanta, Georgia.

Y’all remember Jon Ossoff. He’s the millennial pajama boy, who shortly after President Donald Trump’s election, lost a key Georgia congressional seat in a district where he didn’t even live. He’s back, and running for U.S. Senate against incumbent David Perdue.

A scary combination of Beto O’Rourke and Jacob Frey, Ossoff benefits overwhelmingly from out-of-state donations, with nearly 90% coming mostly from California, New York and Washington, D.C.

Perdue, whose latest ad highlighted how Ossoff portrays himself as moderate, but says different things behind the scenes and has radical ties, maintains a small lead. 

Atlanta Radio Host Erick Erickson recently wrote:

“David Perdue actually has a campaign plan that revolves around him and his opponent, not handwringing over Donald Trump. It is a lesson other campaigns around the country need to take — make it about your own record and that of your opponent. Perdue has spent the last year making sure voters know he is not a clone of the President and, having positively defined himself, is out to make sure voters know who the real Jon Ossoff is.”

Four years ago, Trump won Georgia by just over 200,000 votes out of 4 million cast. It was the closest presidential race in the Peach State since 1996. Georgia is a bit like Minnesota, with massive left-wing Atlanta — almost three-fifths of the state population — and mostly conservative regions elsewhere. Polling surprisingly remains close, which explains why Trump held a weekend rally in Macon.

And then you have Georgia’s special U.S. Senate election, a potential two-rounder. There was no primary; instead, candidates across all parties are on the same ballot. If no person receives more than 50%, the top two advance to a January runoff.

Gov. Brian Kemp appointed Kelly Loeffler to replace retiring Sen. Johnny Isakson as 2020 opened. Firebrand Rep. Doug Collins is also in the mix. Kemp, Trump and Georgia football legend Herschel Walker support Loeffler. Erickson endorsed her Sunday afternoon. Here’s the latest polling.

Northern Georgia

The leading Democrat candidate in the race, Raphael Warnock, is rather radical. Despite being a pastor, he’s supported by socialist Bernie SandersKamala Harris, and BLM-loving WNBA millionaires.

Warnock has also espoused anti-police views and used extreme abortion rhetoric. Even if trending purple, one wonders why Georgia Democrats are running men who pay obeisance to anarchist groups that destroy personal property, dislike guns or have troubling ties to China.

The media is desperately trying to play racial politics and support Ossoff and Warnock.

My cousin was raised in suburban Atlanta. He is a military vet, who drives an old truck and lives on a few rural acres.

“I feel lucky to serve under Trump because under Democrat presidents, we constantly ran out of funding, while the mission remained the same,” he said. “Democrats now want to eliminate middle class tax cuts, while supporting nationalized healthcare, the Green New Deal, packing the Supreme Court and adding new states. It seems when Biden’s in a liberal state, he wants to ban fracking, but when in the South or Midwest — where he knows voters support it — he says he’s for it. Not sure I can trust him; I know I can’t trust Harris.”

I spoke to a friend in Statesboro, in the state’s southern portion, 50 miles from Savannah. He’s a quality control manager for a mid-size corporation.

“The Senate race is rather contentious among residents. My wife lost a long-time client because she refused to support Kelly Loeffler over Doug Collins,” he explained. “I’m undecided on the Senate. I love Trump’s policies and decisions for our country and tolerate his incessant tweeting. The good thing is you know where he stands and what he thinks. Biden is in obvious cognitive decline. My heart goes out to the man, but my disgust goes out to the Democrat Party and his wife for allowing this to happen to him. The Democrats will force the greatest American decline if they have all three branches.”

Despite barbarous media criticism before facts were in, Georgia also has been a COVID success story. Along with better health outcomes, the state unemployment rate is now 5.5%, while places like California and New York remain over 12.