Potential 2024 Republican White House hopefuls have flocked to Georgia, where dual Senate runoffs have proved to be an early trial run for several possible presidential candidates.
In addition to Vice President Mike Pence, Sens. Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton have visited Georgia in recent weeks.
Florida Sen. Rick Scott, who is set to lead the National Republican Senatorial Conference, has campaigned in the state as well.
South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and former Gov. Nikki Haley, two other possible presidential candidates, have also supported Georgia Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, though they have not made in-person visits to the state this month.
“Georgia is kind of a twofer right now,” one GOP operative told The Hill.
“It’s easy enough to give the excuse that you’re just there trying to protect the Senate majority, but you’re still getting your name and your face out there for if and when you decide to pull the trigger on a campaign.”
The two January runoffs will decide whether Democrats can capture a slim majority in the Senate and full control of Congress as a result.
Perdue and Loeffler are facing Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, respectively.
Additional hopefuls who have yet to campaign in Georgia have shown their support for Perdue and Loeffler.
One possible candidate, Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, wrote in a fundraising email that Republicans were “in danger of losing the Senate to extremist liberals who want to raise your taxes, defund the police and pass legislation for a sweeping government takeover.”
Another, moderate Maryland GOP Gov. Larry Hogan, urged Georgians to vote for Perdue and Loeffler in an Op-Ed on Monday.
Another potential Republican candidate who is set to rally on behalf of Perdue and Loeffler is President Donald Trump.
He remains perhaps the most popular Republican nationwide and, according to a Morning Consult poll, the overwhelming 2024 favorite among GOP voters.
Trump has reportedly planned to announce his 2024 candidacy once Biden’s win is certified.
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