Loeffler and Perdue have both lost their Georgia Senate seats after President Trump has spent months convincing his supporters that the system is rigged against them. Trump held a rally on Monday supposedly to help Loeffler and Perdue but he spent 95% of it repeating false claims about how the election was stolen from him and how he will punish anyone who doesn't go along with the lies. He promised to come back to GA in a year and a half to campaign against GA Governor Kemp and Sec of State Raffensperger, two honorable men who endorsed and were endorsed by Trump. Everything Trump said in the rally and the hour long phone call to Raffensperger was false so there is nothing these men can do to give him what he wants. The state has been recounted twice. The recounts matched the machine counts. The signatures were verified twice (when the ballot was requested and then when the ballot was received) and then 15,000 were sampled to re-verify a third time; every single one of those matched. Initially 10 out of 15,000 did not appear to match but they checked with those voters and it was their votes.
But Trump has his voters convinced thousands of absentee ballots are fake because signatures were NEVER verified, dems control the machine results, are injecting fake ballots, are re-running ballots multiple times, are shredding ballots and on and on. Why would anyone participate in an election if they believed all this? Many do believe it and if only a few percent decided not to vote as a result, that would have been more than enough to cause the Republicans to lose. Also, many Georgians were in or travelling to DC on election day as well for Trump's 'Save America' rally. How many of those people missed voting in their own election to go to DC? Probably not many - destroying confidence in the election process was the bigger effect.
Other Republicans like Cruz and Hawley see what is happening to Kemp, Raffensperger and others and out of pure survival decided to do something like what they are doing now. They don't actually say they think Trump won, they just say they owe it to their constituents who have concerns to investigate as if Trump has already not lost over 60 court cases. It is arguably a politically smart move (though I wouldn't have done it) because they can avoid the wrath of Trump while not doing any actual damage since their objection won't come close to passing.
Vice President Pence is in the worst spot. He is sadly finished no matter what. He can either destroy his future by doing what Trump is demanding of him or he can do the right thing and Trump will destroy his future like he is doing to people like Governor Kemp.
Update Feb 4, 2021: There can no longer be any doubt. Trump's election fraud lies handed the Senate to Democrats.
Guy Benson: Confirmed: Stolen Election Claims Depressed GOP Turnout, Handed Democrats Georgia Senate Seats
After election night, it very much looked like Democrats would net just one single seat in the upper chamber, allowing Mitch McConnell to remain majority leader, and force the Biden administration into tough negotiations on a wide range of issues. All they had to do was not lose both Georgia runoffs, which seemed eminently achievable. After all, Republicans had received more votes than Democrats in both races in the first round, and the runoff format has traditionally heavily favored the GOP. But then January 5 happened, and the Democrats swept both contests.
As a result, Chuck Schumer is now majority leader, and Kamala Harris is the tie-breaking vote. In the immediate aftermath of that debacle, we cited early evidence that David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler lost because Democrats were united and motivated, while GOP turnout was underwhelming amid conspiracies and intra-party anger. Republican fears had come true.
When the most prominent and influential Republican in the country repeatedly and baselessly tells his ardent fans that the election was rigged and stolen – including by members of their own party, in their own state – a significant number of those fans will internalize and believe that message. Follow-up exhortations that they turn out to vote anyway will invariably fall on a lot of deaf ears. And that's precisely what happened. The "Trumpiest" areas (including the North Georgia district represented by a certain congresswoman who was a loud "stop the steal" adherent, and who evidently is predisposed to believe literally any conspiracy that crosses her desk) saw the biggest dips. The statistics tell the story, Allahpundit writes: "Eleven percent fewer whites who voted in the presidential election turned out for the runoffs. By comparison, just eight percent fewer black voters did. Warnock defeated Loeffler by 93,000 votes while Ossoff topped Perdue by just 55,000; the number of whites who showed up for the Trump/Biden race but didn’t show up for the Senate races was on the order of 400,000 people." And both GOP Senate candidates were essentially forced to go along with the incoherent, "stop the steal," but also vote' two-step, in what a former campaign official described as a daily "hostage situation":
"It was a hostage situation every day," said one Republican strategist familiar with the campaigns who only agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity. "We were always trying to guard against the tweet [from Trump]," the strategist said. "Every week we had some new sort of demand," said another strategist involved with the campaigns. "Calling for the hand recount. The signature match. A special session. $2,000 [coronavirus relief] checks. Objecting to the electors." "It was, 'If you do not do this, the president will actively work against you and you will lose,' " he recalled.
Trump’s message that the election was stolen discouraged voters such as Craig Roland, a 61-year-old Rome resident. Roland said he didn’t believe his vote would count. “What good would it have done to vote? They have votes that got changed,” Roland said. “I don’t know if I’ll ever vote again."...The AJC’s analysis found that the drop in turnout was most severe in northwest and South Georgia, areas where Trump held rallies, in Dalton and Valdosta, to bolster support for the state’s Republican senators.
John Black is the founder of the WhatHappened.com website.