Politicians and party leaders await answers on presidential election
COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - All eyes on Georgia as the election comes down to the wire.
There are only a few thousand votes left to be counted, and only a razor thin margin has Democratic candidate Joe Biden ahead in the presidential race.
Democrats are saying the closeness of the this race shows what the people think of our current leadership. Republicans said they believe the recount will show how Georgians truly feel.
Georgia is one of a handful of states left for presidential nominees to collect electoral votes from. Republicans and Democrats across the peach state are waiting for final answers.
“The thing here is not to do it quickly, but to do it right," Representative Drew Ferguson said.
Ferguson believes there needs to be an investigation to make sure only legal ballots were counted. He and Representative Rick Allen agree there needs to be a recount.
“We could put together a team to make sure each of those votes is secure and legal,” Allen said.
“I am hopeful that the processes we go through will show in fact the president does have a wide margin," Ferguson added.
On the other side of the political aisle, Muscogee County Democrats chairwoman Laura Walker said it’s time for a change. She believes Georgia’s Democrats are showing out in this year’s election because they’ve had enough.
“I just think it’s a testament to how poorly this last administration has handled a lot of the things in our country, but now especially because of COVID-19 and the economy," Walker said.
Former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said Democrats are energized and that’s why you’re currently seeing Biden in the lead.
“But Georgia’s really had the numbers to be a purple state for a time, but there’s been a lethargy, lethargic aspect to the Democratic vote. Now, they’re energized and we’ve found better ways to get them to the polls," Tomlinson said.
“For such an election, for people to say it doesn’t matter, my vote doesn’t count, it absolutely 100 percent does," Walker said.
Democrats are hopeful that Georgia will be seen as purple from now on because of how close this race is.
The two Republican congressmen said they want to make sure the integrity of the American election process is upheld. They suggested putting together a team to make sure all the absentee votes are secure and legal, maybe making calls to people to verify their addresses and their intent.
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