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Ginsburg’s death triggers political battle in Georgia over her successor

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Ginsburg’s death triggers political battle in Georgia over her successor

The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was poised to refocus Georgia’s twin U.S. Senate races and down-ticket contests toward a fight over her successor as the two political parties geared up for a chaotic battle over the vacancy.

With Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowing to hold a vote this year on President Donald Trump’s nominee to succeed Ginsburg – the president urges the Senate to act “without delay” – the fate of the seat was thrust into volatile races that long hinged on the coronavirus pandemic and the economic turmoil that followed.

Political campaigns immediately recognized that the struggle over Ginsburg’s successor could energize voters and increase turnout in Georgia, where Joe Biden is trying to become the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state since 1992 and Republicans are on the defensive .

Those dynamics were on vivid display in the race for U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s seat, which features 21 candidates on the same ballot. Loeffler and her chief Republican rival, U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, both immediately said they supported Trump’s push to tap a successor before the November election.

U.S. Sen. David Perdue took a markedly different tack. The first-term Republican, targeting a broader […]

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