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Top aide: Biden expected to visit Georgia in push to boost Ossoff, Warnock | TheHill – The Hill

Ron Klain, President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign files for new recount in Georgia GOP senator congratulates Biden, says Trump should accept results Judge dismisses Trump camp’s Pennsylvania lawsuit in scathing ruling MORE’s newly named chief of staff, said Sunday that Biden will likely visit Georgia to campaign for Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, the two Democratic candidates in the state’s January Senate runoffs.

“Winning those two Senate seats in Georgia is important, but we’re going to do everything we can to help those two … great candidates in Georgia, help them win,” Klain said on ABC’s “This Week.” “We’ve already moved people who were working on the Biden campaign on the recounts down there over to be supportive in the field work for our two candidates down there, and I expect you’ll see the president-elect travel down there before Election Day.”

Victories by both Warnock and Ossoff over Sens. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerLoeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection Sunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight Outside groups flood Georgia with advertising buys ahead of runoffs MORE (R) and David PerdueDavid PerdueOutside groups flood Georgia with advertising buys ahead of runoffs Cheney, top GOP lawmakers ask Trump campaign for proof of election fraud Michigan lawmakers say they will follow ‘normal process’ following Trump meeting MORE (R), respectively, would result in a 50-50 split in the Senate after the GOP held several seats that were top Democratic targets in the 2020 election.

“The thing — the reality, of course, George, is that even if we win them both, and I think we will win them both –we’re going to have a closely divided Senate kind of under any scenario,” Klain told ABC’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosRepublicans split on Biden win as Trump digs in Cuomo: ‘The political pressure of denying COVID is gone’ with Trump defeat Sunday shows – Biden win reverberates MORE on Sunday.

“And I think one challenge that the president-elect has taken on is trying to work with members of both parties to build consensus for actions on things like economic relief, like climate change, like dealing with our other crises, our racism crisis, the challenge of fixing our immigration laws and, of course, obviously, fighting COVID,” he added.

Klain also expressed confidence in Biden’s ability to work with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDivided citizenry and government — a call to action for common ground Prioritizing COVID relief: How to break the stalemate Trump nominee’s long road to Fed may be dead end MORE (R-Ky.) if he retains his position.

“We’re going to deal with whatever lineup we’re faced with in Washington to get that done,” Klain said. “If we were to lose those seats in Georgia, we’re going to move forward with whatever Senate gets elected.”

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