GOP pollster and strategist Frank Luntz believes the Democrats will prevail in the Georgia Senate runoff on Tuesday and warns of disappointment for Republicans in these crucial races and in the upcoming election of the President of the Electoral College on Wednesday Capitol Hill.
“There’s a bigger divide in the Republican Party than in the Democratic Party,” Luntz said Tuesday in an interview on CNBC’s Georgia-based CNBC’s Squawk Box. “The party is in the process of tearing itself apart and you are not now when you are literally this close to the most important Senate elections of your life. Democrats agree, Republicans don’t, and that gives them the edge.”
“I think the next 48 hours are going to be some of the worst for the GOP,” he added.
In Georgia, Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler and Republican David Perdue, whose term in the Senate just ended on Sunday, will face Democratic challengers Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in Tuesday’s elections. Loeffler’s term did not expire because she was appointed.
If both Democrats win, they would get a 50:50 split for their party in the Senate, making Vice President-elect Kamala Harris the tiebreaking vote. After the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20, the Democrats would control both the Senate and the House of Representatives and the White House.
One day after the Georgia runoff elections, Congress will convene in a joint session on Wednesday to approve the Electoral College vote, which took place in December and gave Biden a 306-232 victory over President Donald Trump. However, Trump has refused to admit Biden, repeatedly and falsely claiming that he would have actually won the presidential election had it not been for widespread electoral fraud.
At a rally in Georgia Monday night for Loeffler and Perdue, Trump said he would “fight like hell” to hold onto the presidency and called on Republican lawmakers to reverse his loss of the election to Biden. Loeffler, who joined Trump, told the crowd she would join the senators officially protesting Biden’s victory. Perdue is not entitled to vote.
Luntz alleged that Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud, particularly in Georgia where the president attacked Republican elected officials, were hurtful during the Senate runoff races. Trump repeated many of these discredited statements at the rally on Monday.
“Democrats are voting in record numbers in the past two or three weeks. Republicans are told to stay home and Donald Trump spends as much time talking about his own elections as he does when he shows up, to deliver that final meeting cry. ” about the Republicans, “Luntz said.
Luntz said he believes that once Trump leaves the White House, he will remain anchored in the political world and continue to build his influence in the elections with his key supporters in ways that could lead to further rifts in the Republican party.
“I think Trump will not only stay involved, I think he will be active for the next couple of years and that will be very difficult for the Republican Party because Trump is already calling for the most important challenges for incumbent Republicans in the Senate – in the house and for the governor, “said Luntz. “That means a lot of chaos within the GOP at a time when the public is saying to both political parties, ‘Just rule. Please, just rule.'”
– The Associated Press contributed to this report.