Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) told Breitbart News in a Monday interview that the outcome of the Georgia Senate runoff races is key to resisting what he called a radical leftist agenda that threatens America’s future.
“The future of the United States depends on the outcome of the Georgia Senate races,” Gingrich said. “If you don’t want a radical left-wing America dominated by left-wing judges with massive tax increases, with a policy, frankly, of appeasing China, and you don’t want that kind of future, you have to go out and vote.”
The Senate runoff in Georgia has come into the spotlight, with control of the upper chamber hanging in the balance. Republicans currently hold a 50-seat majority in the Senate, but if Democrats win both runoffs, that would yield a 50-50 split, giving them an effective majority if Democrat Joe Biden and running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) prevail in the contested election as the vice president can cast a tie-breaking vote.
The Senate runoff races in early January pit Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) against Democrat Raphael Warnock, and Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) against Democrat Jon Ossoff.
“I don’t think we should in any way underestimate how really important the Georgia Senate race” is, Gingrich continued, adding, “these two Senate seats are the margin between containing Biden and empowering Biden.”
Gingrich’s remarks came after he was asked to comment on the phenomenon of some Republican voters feeling discouraged about election integrity in the face of mounting evidence in support of claims of voter fraud and other irregularities.
He responded by saying that the answer is not to reject the voting process, but to ramp up engagement and monitoring efforts.
“Frankly, you have to volunteer as a poll watcher and make sure they don’t steal the election,” he said.
It comes after the Georgia State Election Board last week approved two emergency rules about absentee voting: continued use of drop boxes and the requirement for counties to process absentee ballots starting one week before the Senate runoff.
The board approved the rules on Monday in a meeting overseen by Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who has come under fire in recent weeks over how the election was handled in Georgia. Some Republicans, including President Donald Trump, have accused him of mismanaging various aspects of the vote-tabulation effort in the state and lacking transparency.
Raffensperger has denied there was any election fraud in the state significant enough to overturn the results in Trump’s favor.
He said during a news conference at the state Capitol on Monday that his office continues to investigate any credible claims of illegal voting and violations of state election law, saying that his office has more than 250 open cases from this year. He also pushed back against claims of widespread voter fraud and defended the integrity of Georgia’s election.
There are a number of contest-of-election cases in Georgia, including one filed on Nov. 25 by attorney Sidney Powell, alleging “massive election fraud” and calling on the court to order the results to be de-certified.