Early voting figures show that Democratic turnout has surged in Georgia—even improving on the party’s strong performance in November—while GOP turnout has lagged in the most heavily conservative parts of the state. That drop-off is most acute among the constituents of newly sworn-in Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) in Georgia’s 14th District, where some deep-red counties have seen more than a 30 percent decline in the early vote compared to the November election.
It’s on the turf of Greene—an arch-conspiracist who has previously claimed an “Islamic invasion” of the U.S. government, has argued Jewish philanthropist George Soros was a Nazi collaborator, and now refuses to wear a mask in the U.S. Capitol—where President Donald Trump will make his final stand in support of Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler on Monday night. Republicans hope that the president’s appearance in Dalton, on the eve of the election, will revitalize GOP turnout in one of the Trumpiest corners of the country, and erase the advantage that Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock have banked from two weeks of early voting.
That Perdue and Loeffler’s success now rides on Trump energizing this core constituency is a fitting finale to this runoff campaign.