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Georgia Republicans eat their own in desperate bid for Trump’s help in Senate races

first_imgThe Georgia runoff is Jan. 5. Request an absentee ballot by Nov. 18. Early in-person voting starts Dec. 14. And REGISTER TO VOTE here by Dec. 7. – Advertisement – Nonetheless, Raffensperger simply waved the white flag Wednesday, saying he would oversee a full hand recount of the presidential race to be completed by the certification date of Nov. 20.Raffensperger was left with little choice after nearly every Georgia GOP official rushed to throw him under the bus to appease the presidential contest’s biggest loser, Donald Trump. Joe Biden, who leads in Georgia by some 14,000 votes, doesn’t even need the state since he has already exceeded the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the election. – Advertisement – But Republicans are now undertaking “a hell of a gamble” running on Trumpism and Trumpism alone, as Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel told Markos and me on The Brief Tuesday (second half of the show). On Nov. 20, barring some outrageous development, Donald Trump will be officially certified the loser of Georgia’s presidential contest. Republicans will then be begging his base voters—many of whom outright despise and distrust institutions—to show up in January to send two mostly milquetoasty GOP candidates back to the U.S. Senate, one of America’s most storied institutions. Is that really a winning formula?And even as state Republicans double down on baseless conspiracy theories to enrage Trump’s cultists, they will need to inspire heavy support from suburban voters after Democrats won suburban Cobb and Gwinnett counties this cycle for the first time since Jimmy Carter claimed them in 1976, according to the Post. That’s one tricky needle to thread. But one thing we can always count on is that Republicans will continue to look out for Republicans at any cost—even if it means putting democracy itself on the line. – Advertisement – But Republicans in both Washington and Georgia are now pretending GOP state election officials presided over an unfair process because Trump and the two GOP incumbent senators didn’t prevail. “There is an epidemic of delusion that is spreading out from the White House and infecting the entire Republican Party in the wake of this election,” Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut told the Washington Post. “President Trump didn’t win the election. Every single one of my colleagues knows this.”Exactly, everyone knows Trump lost the state fair and square—14,000 votes is an unprecedented deficit to make up in a recount. But Senate Republicans are desperate to keep Trump and his most rabid supporters invested in the process in hopes that they will turn out in big numbers for the runoff on January 5. It’s an open question whether Democrats or Republicans will manage to stoke bigger turnout for those two races between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Raphael Warnock and Sen. Kelly Loeffler. The outcome will decide control of the upper chamber and, crucially, whether Mitch McConnell has veto power over the agenda of President-elect Joe Biden, who resoundingly won the popular vote by north of 5 million votes.  – Advertisement –last_img read more

Fury vows to KO Wilder in second round

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Joshua: Tyson Fury won’t distract me Tyson Fury has vowed to knock Deontay Wilder out in the second round of their eagerly-anticipated heavyweight rematch next month. Fury and Wilder will go head-to-head at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena in February, 14 months after their controversial opening bout. Fury outboxed WBC heavyweight champion Wilder despite suffering two knockdowns, but the match was drawn. Speaking at the opening press conference to preview their rematch on February 22, Fury said: “Deontay knows he was rocked three or four times in the last fight and I didn’t have the gas to finish him. This time I can turn that screwdriver until he is gone. “You are going to sleep in two rounds. I keep having the same dream about round two. I am playing poker and I get dealt the number two card. He is getting knocked out in round two, 100 per cent. “What is going to happen is that I am going to get what I won last time. I am going to get that green belt, I am also going to get the Ring Magazine, and I am also going to keep my lineal championship, too. “And if he wants to rematch again, no problem. You beat a man once, you beat him again, you beat him three times in a row.” Fury, 31, has teamed up with Javan ‘Sugar’ Hill – the nephew of the late trainer Emmanuel Steward – after splitting from Ben Davison. Explaining the decision to switch trainers for the rematch, he said: “I know I am not going to get a decision in the United States. “I hired him [Hill] for a knockout. That’s the game plan. If I wasn’t looking for a knockout I would have kept hold of Davison. “I am looking for knockout number 21 [of his career]. That is brutally honest, that is coming from the heart.” The two fighters faced off before and after Monday’s press conference before exchanging a handshake. “I am prepared more than ever for this fight,” said Wilder, 34. “I knocked him out the first time. “I told Fury two years ago I was going to baptise him and I did just that.  Rising up is part of the baptism. “I told him he was going to go ‘timber’ and he did just that. This time around, it is called unfinished business and he won’t be able to get back up. I am going to knock him out. “I am the Lion. I am the king of the jungle and come February 22 I am going to rip his head off his body. I am going to knock him out of those ropes.”Tags: Ben DavisonDeontay WilderTyson Furylast_img read more