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Democratic-aligned grassroots groups are spending $11 million on voter turnout in Ga’s Senate runoff.



ATLANTA — A Democratic Party-aligned nonprofit is teaming up with a coalition of left-wing grassroots groups in a multimillion-dollar effort to get Georgia voters to the polls for the runoff election between Sen. Raphael G Warnock (D) and GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker.

Majority Forward, a nonprofit affiliated with the Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (DN.Y.), announced Wednesday that it has partnered with the America Votes coalition to spend more than $11 million mobilizing voters ahead of the Dec. 6 runoff. The goal is to knock on more than 4 million doors before the election, according to details first shared with The Washington Post.

The America Votes Georgia coalition — which includes nearly 50 national and state partner groups, including the New Georgia Project Action Fund, Black Progressive Action Coalition, Mijente and Asian American Action Fund — has already knocked on more than 2.8 million doors since general elections, Shared Majority Transfer. Majority Forward’s investment will help fund the coalition’s ground game and paid media, including radio, mail and digital advertisements.

“We are deeply proud to continue our partnership with the America Votes coalition and to double down on our investment in an unparalleled ground game that fights for every vote heading into the second round,” said JB Poersch, president of Majority Forward, in a statement. . statement.

The investment comes less than a week before the second round and while early voting is already underway in the Peach State. Early in-person attendance broke records, with Georgians hitting historic highs on Monday and Tuesday. Over the weekend, more than two dozen counties held early voting.

More than 833,000 Georgians had already voted in the second round Wednesday morning – and early in-person turnout broke records.

Georgian voters on Tuesday set a record turnout in a single day of early voting with more than 309,000 people heading to the polls, according to Gabriel Sterlingchief operating officer of the Georgia Secretary of State’s office. That topped the record set on Monday when more than 301,000 Georgians cast early ballots. Before that, the record dated back to the 2016 election, when more than 252,000 voters cast their ballots in a single day of early in-person voting.

Early voting in all 159 counties is only taking place on weekdays this week, after Georgia’s election law passed last year tightened the time between general elections and the second round from nine to four weeks. runoff is necessary because neither Warnock nor Walker have reached the 50% required to win under Georgian law. Warnock received approximately 35,000 more votes than Walker in the general election.

“This runoff is about defending democracy and protecting our fundamental rights,” said Greg Speed, president of America Votes. “We are encouraged by the strong enthusiasm and turnout we saw in the November elections and will use this momentum to propel us to victory in December.”

America Votes calls itself the “central coordinating hub of the progressive community” because it works with more than 400 state and national partner organizations. The America Votes Georgia coalition played a key role in setting up a ground game operation ahead of the 2020 election and the 2021 runoff. This year, the coalition of groups said he has been canvassing since the summer, hitting more than 26 million people and making nearly a million calls ahead of the general election.

This month, the Senate Leadership Fund, the super PAC aligned with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), announced it was teaming up with Gov. Brian Kemp (R) to launch a $2 million ground operation on Walker’s behalf. Kemp, fresh off his victory over Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, has agreed to share his field data and analytics operations.

The conservative Faith and Freedom coalition shared this month that it aims to knock on 400,000 doors, targeting middle-to-low propensity evangelical voters. Former Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler’s Greater Georgia campaign has also worked to bring conservative voters to the polls.

Leaders, consultants and organizers on both sides of the aisle have stressed that the outcome of the election will depend on the participation of their bases. But both campaigns also sought to woo the more than 200,000 general election voters who backed Kemp for governor but did not vote for Walker.

Top Republicans such as Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Lindsey O. Graham (SC) and Rick Scott (Florida) came to the state to urge Georgians to support Walker. Former President Barack Obama, who held a rally for Democrats in Atlanta last month ahead of the general election, will return Thursday to campaign with Warnock.



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