A day after the electoral college certified his victory, President-elect Joe Biden is back in Georgia this week to campaign on behalf of Democratic Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock, who are both in runoff races to unseat Republican incumbents on Jan. 5.
A victory for both Warnock and Ossoff, who is Jewish, would give Democrats control of the legislative body and leave Biden better-positioned to carry out his agenda when he enters the Oval Office on Jan. 20.
Biden was the first presidential candidate to win the southern state since 1992.
“The president-elect can motivate our base but also what we call the Biden coalition,” Tharon Johnson, a former senior adviser to Biden’s Georgia campaign, told The Associated Press. “That means the progressives, the liberals, the moderates — and I’d add some suburban Republicans and even some rural voters who might have gotten away from us before.”
According to the AP, Biden will hold a joint rally with the two candidates on Tuesday which will help steer much-needed funding into the two candidates’ campaigns.
The Biden campaign and the Democratic National Committee have already channeled some $5 million into the Georgia races, which paid for about 50 staffers for the two candidates’ operations, the AP said.