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Karl RoveKarl Christian RoveKarl Rove overseeing Republican financial effort to hold Georgia Senate seats Karl Rove: Trump lawsuits won’t change election’s outcome The Hill’s Morning Report – Pandemic worsens; Biden taps Klain as chief of staff MORE, the longtime GOP operative and former adviser to George W. Bush, is heading up Senate Republicans’ fundraising efforts for the Georgia runoff elections. 

Rove has been tapped as the finance chairman for the Georgia Battleground Fund, a joint fundraising effort by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and the campaigns of GOP Georgia Sens. David PerdueDavid PerdueKarl Rove overseeing Republican financial effort to hold Georgia Senate seats Georgia elections chief fires back at Trump over claims about recount process Perdue declines to participate in debate with Ossoff ahead of Georgia Senate runoff MORE and Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerGeorgia secretary of state says Graham, other Republicans have pressured him to toss legal ballots Pence to campaign in Georgia with Loeffler and Perdue on Friday Karl Rove overseeing Republican financial effort to hold Georgia Senate seats MORE, a person familiar with the effort confirmed to The Hill. 

Other veteran GOP operatives involved in the effort include Nick Ayers, a former chief of staff to Vice President Pence, and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Politico reported on Monday.

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Republicans and Democrats are expected to pump hundreds of millions of dollars into the two runoffs in Georgia over the next eight weeks as they battle for control of the Senate. The NRSC, the GOP’s Senate campaign arm, announced last week that the Georgia Battleground Fund had raised $32 million over a six-day period

Republicans have so far secured 50 seats in the upper chamber, meaning that Democrats will have to flip both Loeffler’s and Perdue’s seats to win control of the Senate, with Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisPence to campaign in Georgia with Loeffler and Perdue on Friday Amanpour says she ‘regrets’ Trump-Kristallnacht comparison after criticism Karl Rove overseeing Republican financial effort to hold Georgia Senate seats MORE breaking the tie. 

Georgia has long been considered safe territory for Republicans; voters there haven’t elected a Democrat to the Senate since 2000. But Democrats have grown increasingly optimistic about their chances in recent years as the state’s rapidly changing demographics and fast-growing population have altered its political landscape.

President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTucker Carlson assures viewers his show ‘not going anywhere’ following presidential election Trump senior advisers dissuaded president from military strike on Iran: report Senators clash on the floor over wearing masks: ‘I don’t need your instruction’ MORE narrowly carried Georgia in the Nov. 3 presidential election, becoming the first Democratic White House hopeful since 1992 to win the state.

Perdue is slated to face Democrat Jon Ossoff in one of the Jan. 5 runoffs. Neither candidate managed to clear the 50 percent threshold needed for an outright win in this month’s general election. 

Loeffler, meanwhile, will go head-to-head with Democrat Raphael Warnock, who emerged as the top vote-getter in the Nov. 3 election but still fell short of the 50 percent threshold. Loeffler finished the general election in second place, beating out fellow Republican Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsGraham denies pressuring top Georgia election official to throw out some ballots Georgia secretary of state says Graham, other Republicans have pressured him to toss legal ballots Karl Rove overseeing Republican financial effort to hold Georgia Senate seats MORE (Ga.).

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