Vice President Mike Pence comes to Georgia, with campaign stops in Canton and Gainesville, appearing with US Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. Republicans Perdue and Loeffler are 46 days away from runoffs against Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. Control of the US Senate hangs in the balance in runoffs that are scheduled for January 5. Three weeks of early voting are underway on December 14. Pence’s Gainesville visit is set for just after 3 o’clock at the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center.
The Secretary of State’s Office has until 5 o’clock this afternoon to certify the results of this month’s presidential election. The hand recount of ballots that began one week ago wrapped up Wednesday; audit results released Thursday show Joe Biden with a lead of about 12,000 votes out of the almost five million that were cast. Biden becomes the first Democrat since Bill Clinton in 1992 to win Georgia.
Three days of early voting begin Monday in Athens and Oconee County, in Athens at the Elections Office on Washington Street and in Oconee County at the Civic Center in Watkinsville: voters are deciding a District Attorney’s runoff. Either Democrat Deborah Gonzalez or non-partisan candidate James Chafin will be DA in a circuit that covers Clarke and Oconee counties. Runoff Election Day is December 1.