GEORGIA — Former president Barack Obama was in Atlanta on Monday trying to energize the Democratic base to go out and vote.
Georgia is a battleground state.
Democrats are not only trying to win the White House, but also flip the state’s two Senate seats.
Georgia Democrats brought out their heavy hitters at a big drive-in rally underneath the old 1996 Olympic cauldron.
“I don’t know if you guys have heard, but tomorrow we’re making history,” said Stacey Abrams with Fair Fight Georgia.
State Dems told Channel 2′s Richard Elliot that they saved the biggest hitter for last.
As Obama took the stage Monday after to campaign for his former vice president, Joe Biden, he admitted he’s here because Georgia could be the key to both the presidential and Senate elections.
“In this election, when I got a call that said, ‘Look, Georgia. Georgia could be the state. Georgia could be the place where we put this country back on track,’” Obama said.
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The former president criticized not only the Trump administration, but Georgia’s two sitting senators and he implored people to go out and vote.
“Listen, America deserves better than this. Georgia deserves better than this,” Obama said.
But Republicans are fighting just as hard to keep Georgia red.
President Donald Trump has made multiple visits here over the past month. His son Eric told Elliot on Monday that they know Georgia is key.
“Georgia’s everything. It’s a state that we love. It’s a state that we put a lot of time in. You know, Georgia is everything. People have to get out, and people have to vote,” Eric Trump said.
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- Electoral College: How does it work; what happens if there is a tie?
Obama’s visit Monday comes after President Donald Trump and Sen. Kamala Harris make their final appearances in Georgia on Sunday.
Trump held a “Make America Great Again Victory Rally” at the Richard B. Russell Airport in Rome Sunday night. Harris meanwhile met with voters in Gwinnett County on Sunday afternoon.
A new poll conducted by Landmark Communications exclusively for WSB-TV shows the presidential and senate races in Georgia tighter than ever.
The poll surveyed 750 likely voters on Wednesday and has a margin of error of 3.6%.
Asked who they would vote for if the election for president were held today, 48% chose Donald Trump and 47% chose Joe Biden. That’s a closer race than the previous poll taken on Oct. 21 which had Trump leading by four points.