Joe Biden to campaign for Senate candidates next week in Georgia

​President-elect Joe Biden will travel to Georgia next week to stump for the Democratic candidates trying to unseat two Republican incumbents in the Senate, his campaign said Thursday.

The former vice president will land in Atlanta next Tuesday.

The two are locked in showdowns with Sen. David Perdue and Sen. Kelly Loeffler, respectively, in closely watched elections that will determine on Jan. 5 which party controls the Senate next year.

If Ossoff and Warnock win, they would effectively give Democrats control of the chamber — creating a 50-50 split that would be broken if necessary with a vote from Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

The Senate is crucially important for Biden, who was the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia since Bill Clinton in 1992, to get his administration and Cabinet posts confirmed and to help pave the way for his legislative agenda.

Democrats have a slim majority in the House.

Democratic Senate Candidates Jon Ossoff, left, and Rev. Raphael Warnock
Democratic Senate Candidates Jon Ossoff, left, and Rev. Raphael Warnock
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Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to be in the Peach State on Thursday and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a speech on Wednesday at Georgia Tech.

President Trump held a rally for Loeffler and Perdue earlier this month in Valdosta.

With Post wires