Kamala Harris and Ivanka Trump in Georgia to drum up votes ahead of crucial January runoffs

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Monday implored Georgia Democrats to vote in a pair of U.S. Senate runoff races, telling the Columbus crowd that “everything that was at stake in November is at stake leading up to Jan. 5.”

Harris traveled to Columbus, about 90 miles outside of Atlanta, to energize the Democratic base that voted for her and President-elect Joe Biden in the general election.

Democrats successfully flipped Georgia from a red state to a blue one on Nov. 3 and hope to continue the trend when Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock go head-to-head with Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.

Harris told rallygoers that “powerful people” were trying to prevent them from voting and were attempting to suppress their voice.

“Why are so many powerful people trying to make it so difficult for us to vote?” she asked. “We have to ask the question. And we know the answer — because they know our power. They know when we vote, things change. They know when we vote, we win.”

Harris said the same blue wave that pushed President Trump out of office could do the same for Perdue and Loeffler.

“What we did in November, we can do again because it comes from a very deep place inside of us, understanding that this is not about a dance, this is not about a gesture — this is about our lives,” she said. “This is about the lives of our children. This is about the life of our community, and this is about our lifeblood, about our nation.”

Harris also said the future of the nation’s economy, healthcare, small businesses, and education were on the line. Harris’s trip to Columbus comes only days after Biden’s drive-in rally in Atlanta to promote Ossoff and Warnock.

Monday marked Harris’s third visit to the state. She has traveled to Georgia twice before in the run-up to the November general election.

Harris’s trip also coincided with the start of early voting in the state. More than 1 million Georgians have already cast their ballots. The turnout for in-person voting is outpacing the same period of the November general election.

Democrats need to flip both seats in order to gain control of the Senate, while Republicans need only one win to keep their edge.

As Harris was speaking in Columbus, Ivanka Trump attended an “Early Vote Rally” at Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub in Milton, Georgia, with Perdue and Loeffler.

Ivanka Trump, right, daughter of President Donald Trump, fists bumps Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga, as Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., looks on during a campaign rally, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, in Milton, Ga. Both Perdue and Loeffler are in runoff elections. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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Speaking to a large crowd that gathered, Trump said America should be a place where “differences of opinion and debate are encouraged, not canceled, where law enforcement is respected, where our country’s rich diversity is celebrated, and where people of all backgrounds, races, genders, and creeds can achieve their God-given potential.”

Trump was also scheduled to attend a fireside chat in Suwanee and a Walton County GOP rally in Monroe, but those events were canceled after Perdue and Loeffler were unable to attend.

The senators are headed back to Washington to vote on the COVID-19 relief bill.