Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones, a Democrat who made headlines for his support for President Donald Trump, announced he is joining the GOP.
“Moments ago, I announced that I am officially joining the Republican Party,” he wrote in a tweet on Wednesday, a day after his state held two runoff contests on the verge of giving Democrats control of the U.S. Senate.
Jones noted that he made the decision to fill a power vacuum left behind by the current GOP leadership.
“Now more than ever, the Republican Party is in desperate need of leaders that know how to fight,” he added. “I know how to fight.”
Jones’s announcement comes as the Republican Party is grappling with several electoral setbacks.
From Washington Examiner:
Trump is the first Republican presidential contented to lose Jones’s home state of Georgia in decades.
Dozens of Republican members of both the House and the Senate have revealed their intent to object to official certification of Biden’s win when it is presented before Congress on Wednesday.
At home, the GOP is also facing the daunting prospect of two U.S. Senate races in the deep red state of Georgia.,
Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock is projected to have defeated Republican incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler, and Jon Ossoff has declared victory over Sen. David Perdue, although major news outlets such as the Associated Press have not called that race at this time. And if a race is close enough, a candidate could call for a recount.
If Ossoff triumphs, then the Democrats will enjoy a 50-50 tie in Congress’s upper chamber (including the two independent senators who caucus with the Democratic Party), with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris serving as a tiebreaking vote.