Loeffler and Greene rally conservatives; Ossoff takes to virtual trail

Loeffler and Greene rally conservatives; Ossoff takes to virtual trail

ROME — U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler is hoping the endorsement of a controversial congressional candidate pays dividends for her campaign in the closing days of the race. The Republican stumped Saturday at the Floyd County Republican Party headquarters with Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has gained national attention for support of the baseless pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy and was expected to easily win a U.S. House seat even before her opponent dropped out. Greene told the early-bird crowd of about 50 people that she was drawn to Loeffler, a fellow millionaire who also has made waves for taking far-right positions. Both women back anti-abortion restrictions, want to ban transgender women from competing in athletics and are outspoken critics of the Black Lives Matter movement. There’s a strategic reason for touting Greene’s endorsement. Loeffler is competing with Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Collins for a second spot in an expected Jan. 5 runoff to keep her Senate seat, and Greene’s backing could help her mobilize more voters in northwest Georgia, an area so conservative that Trump’s campaign has picked it for a Sunday evening rally. “Marjorie Taylor is a political outsider herself,” Loeffler said after the event. “She’s a businesswoman; she supports strong conservative values. That’s what I’m fighting for is to make sure that we stand up for the future of our country.” A similar-sized crowd greeted the women at a second stop at J.D.’s on the Lake, a Canton restaurant that is one of the filming sites for the Netflix series […]

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