As Cherokee County put the Nov. 3 General Election to bed this week, attention shifted to the Jan. 5 Senate runoffs and a visit by Vice President Mike Pence to Canton to support Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.
Pence will be in Canton on Friday afternoon to kick off a bus tour in support of incumbents Loeffler and Perdue.
According to a statement from the Georgia Republican Party, Pence will appear at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Cherokee County government administration and conference center, 1130 Bluffs Parkway in Canton.
Tickets to the event are available online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gagop-defend-the-majority-rally-with-vice-president-pence-tickets-129328124903
The event is being billed as the “Defend the Majority Rally,” because Republicans hold the majority in the U.S. Senate and will continue to if Georgia re-elects its two Republican senators.
Loeffler is facing Democrat Raphael Warnock in a runoff Jan. 5 of the special election to fill the remainder of former Sen. Johnny Isakson’s term. Loeffler has filled it since January after Isakson resigned for health reasons. Perdue is also facing a runoff with Democrat Jon Ossoff.
Following the rally in Canton, Pence is scheduled to travel to Gainesville for a rally there.
Meanwhile, local elections officials were expected to have completed their state-ordered hand recount of votes in the General Election by the midnight Wednesday deadline.
Work began last Friday and the results was expected to be verified and transmitted to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office by the deadline, county spokeswoman Erika Neldner said. The process was being observed by four-person teams of representatives of both the Democratic and Republican parties.
Records show 145,539 of Cherokee County’s 190,531 registered voters participated in the election, a turnout of 76.3 percent.
In Georgia, Democrat Joe Biden leads President Trump by 14,007 votes as of Wednesday afternoon. In Cherokee County, Trump got 57,793 more votes than Biden.