If the just-completed Monmouth Poll is a valid roadmap, then the special election for Georgia’s U.S. Senate seat is truly “up in the air.”
According to the survey (which was completed Sept. 21), the two major Republican candidates—appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Rep. Doug Collins — are tied at 23 percent each, with leading Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock also at 23 percent.
Running fourth in the 21 candidate special election, according to Monmouth, is Atlanta businessman Matt Lieberman at 11 percent. Fearing that the son of former Connecticut Sen. and 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman could win enough votes to deny Warnock one of the two spots in the December run-off, several state and national Democrats have been trying to get Lieberman to drop out of the race.
But Lieberman has made it clear in the last week he is in the race to stay.
On Tuesday morning, Warnock got a boost with the endorsement of Georgia’s most famous Democrat — Jimmy Carter, who weighed in strongly for the current pastor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Republicans are pretty much split between Loeffler, who has vowed to spend $20 million of her vast personal fortune on the race, and Collins, ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee and a spirited defender of President Trump.
Collins, as one Atlanta observer put it, “didn’t do himself any favors” when he tweeted an unkind observation about Ruth Bader Ginsburg hours after the Supreme Court justice died on September 19.
"RIP to the more than 30 million innocent babies that have been murdered during the decades that Ruth Bader Ginsburg defended pro-abortion laws,” went Collins’ tweet, which was followed by widespread press condemnation.
On Tuesday, Collins picked up the endorsement of popular former Republican Gov. Nathan Deal. Loeffler has the backing of present Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.
Under Peach State election law, all 21 candidates will compete on the same ballot in November and, if no one wins a majority, the top two vote-getters will meet in a December runoff.
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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