Trump, Biden headline final push in Georgia Senate runoff

President-elect Joe Biden walks onstage to speak at a drive-in rally for Georgia Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
President-elect Joe Biden walks onstage to speak at a drive-in rally for Georgia Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

ATLANTA – Campaigns and outside groups are making a final push to turn out election-weary Georgians whose votes will determine control of the U.S. Senate, from a crush of text messages and television ads to dueling visits from President-elect Joe Biden and outgoing President Donald Trump.

Trump plans a Monday night rally in the north Georgia town of Dalton to boost Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. Biden will be in Atlanta on Monday to campaign for Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will rally for them in Savannah on Sunday.

This will be the second campaign visit to the state during the Senate runoffs for Trump and Biden.

Just over 3 million people — just over half the turnout of last month’s presidential election — had cast their ballots early either in person or by absentee ballot, based on Saturday morning’s data from the U.S. Election Project, run by a University of Florida professor.

With margins in the Jan. 5 runoffs expected to be tight, the campaigns for Perdue, Loeffler, Ossoff and Warnock are all focused on mobilizing voters.

That means everything from individual voter contacts urging early voting, which ends Thursday, to last-minute campaign stops from national headliners trying to boost Election Day turnout.

“We want to run through the tape. We don’t want to leave anything for granted," said Jessica Anderson, executive director of Heritage Action, a grassroots conservative organization that has volunteers and staffers knocking on doors, making phone calls and sending text messages.