Republicans are trying to beat Democrats at their game by encouraging absentee voting and activating a strong door-to-door campaign.

Georgians, and Americans, all understand what’s at stake in the Jan. 5 runoff elections that pits incumbent Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue against Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. So it’s not amazing both parties have pumped millions of fundraising dollars into the state. However this time, the Republicans, stunned by the close victory of Joe Biden in Georgia, are trying to beat Democrats at their own game.

Even though ahead of the November election, the Republican message was mail-in ballots are a major source of election fraud, Georgia Republicans are encouraging mail-in voting and early voting.

“In Georgia we never know what the weather is going to be like Jan. 5, so vote as early as you can,” said Eric Johnson, an outside adviser to Loeffler’s campaign.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced in November that more than 762,000 absentee ballots have been requested for the runoffs, also marking a record. The state allows voters to cast ballots by mail without providing a reason for not doing so in person.

For the race, the early voting period kicked off Dec. 14 with record-breaking crowds and continues to Jan. 1. Election officials in Richmond County, which includes Augusta, said that one of the county’s major voting centers recorded 2,022 in-person voters by 5 p.m., marking a single-day record for early voting.

Stealing another play from the Democrats’ book, Republicans are increasing their ground game.

Club for Growth is just one of the Republican organizations on the ground working in Georgia ahead of the runoff. The organization that advocates for fiscal conservatism plans to spend more than $10 million on its special election efforts. It is paying more than 250 people to knock doors in the state, including during the holiday season, with a goal of reaching 1 million homes.

“We’re up against a machine that goes door-to-door and harasses people that have absentee ballots to vote. They are better at grassroots efforts than Republicans are,” said Raffensperger.”

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