Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday released an ad for Georgia Senate candidate Jon Ossoff, bolstering Democrats’ desperate efforts to flip Georgia blue.
“This year has tested America’s spirits. We’ve lost loved ones, faced injustice, struggled to make ends meet,” Obama says as scenes from 2020 highlighting the pandemic and historic racial protests flash on the screen.
“But we kept at it, we looked out for each other, and when the moment came to reject fear and division and send a message for change, Georgia stepped up,” he went on, referring to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in Georgia last month.
Biden became the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry the Peach State since Bill Clinton in 1992, narrowly besting President Trump by 11,779 ballots.
Democrats are hoping for two more victories there on Jan. 5 in two hugely consequential Senate runoff races that will determine which party has control of the upper chamber of Congress.
Ossoff, a 33-year-old investigative journalist, is challenging GOP incumbent David Perdue alongside fellow Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock, who is hoping to unseat freshman Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler.
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The current balance of the Senate is 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats.
If Democrats were to win both seats and split the body evenly, Kamala Harris will have the tie-breaking vote in her capacity as vice president.
Trump and Biden will hold dueling rallies in Georgia on Monday in support of their candidates.
In the commercial, Obama calls on Georgia voters to head back to the polls and hand them a second victory.
“Now America’s counting on you again, you can send Jon Ossoff to the Senate, to beat this virus and rebuild our economy, to make sure everybody can afford health care, and to carry the torch John Lewis passed to us with a new voting rights act that secures equal justice for all,” he says.
“Georgia you have the power, and now it’s time to vote.”
More than 2.8 million people have already cast their ballots early.
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