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Governor, state GOP chairman like president's chances
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The special election to determine James Dasher's successor is set March 16. - photo by File photo

Gov. Brian Kemp and state GOP Chairman David Shafer are expecting four more years of President Trump. They made that clear during a Georgia Trump Victory call with state newspaper and television reporters Monday afternoon.

Trump Victory is a joint effort featuring the Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign.

 “We are 78 days from the election and all eyes are on Georgia,” Shafer said. “I’m here to tell you that the Georgia Republican Party has never been more ready for a general election.”

Shafer said Republicans have launched a massive initiative to boost voter turnout.

“Not just for the president, but for all our candidates up and down the ballot,” he said.

Schafer said the state party has 120 paid staffers and nearly 8,000 volunteers. It will have 10,000 volunteers by election day, he said.

“We have exceeded every goal given to us by the Republican National Committee,” Shafer said.

Shafer said the state party has made 5.2 million voter contacts this year through telephone calls and home visits.

“The (Democrat nominee Joe) Biden campaign, in contrast, has just begun hiring staffers in Georgia,” Shafer said, “but we recognize we are up against more than just poor Mr. Biden and the Democratic Party. We are up against an array of secretly funded groups that will do anything to defeat the president, including literally trying to register a cat as a voter.”

Although numerous polls indicate that Georgia is up for grabs, Shafer and Kemp said they perceive great enthusiasm for Trump among voters because of his economic record and support for law and order.

“As you can imagine, we are laser focused on protecting the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians,” Kemp said. 

After briefly discussing COVID-19 data, the governor dubbed the Biden-Kamala Harris ticket “another threat to Georgia.”

“I know many people are trying to paint these two as common-sense moderates but we certainly know better than that,” Kemp said. “Biden can’t hide in the basement. He’s doing the same thing he is doing in the basement and that’s hiding how far left the Biden-Harris agenda is for our country.”

Kemp called Harris “the most liberal senator in America,” noting her support for the Green New Deal, sanctuary cities, “gun grabs,” tax hikes and government-run health care.