High-stakes Senate races bring rapper Common to Garden City

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Award-winning rapper and actor Common stopped in Garden City on Saturday to perform at a campaign event for the Democrat challengers in the Senate runoff elections in Georgia.

The artist started his tour of the Peach State on Thursday, campaigning for Jon Ossoff and Savannah native Rev. Raphael Warnock. The two face GOP incumbent Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, respectively, in the Jan. 5 runoffs.

The stakes are high, as the outcome of these races will decide the control of the chamber.

“Georgia, y’all showed up during the presidential election,” Common said during his performance. “It’s time to finish the job, though.”

Local leaders spoke at the event, including State Sen. Lester Jackson and Savannah Mayor Van Johnson, to encourage voters to cast their ballots early. Absentee drop boxes are located around Chatham County, and early in-person voting is available through Dec. 31.

“We have bigger and better things to discuss than David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, like what kind of a future we’re going to build together,” Ossoff said.

“Instead of the daily outrage and insult and scandal, we can dream about what’s possible,” he continued. “And together, we’re building a movement of health, jobs and justice for the people.”

Common said he believes Ossoff and Warnock will help fight for health care and economic justice and address issues in the Black community.

“Systemic racism is something that we need to acknowledge in this country, to heal this country,” the rapper said. “And we need leaders that’s going to address it, not push it under the table and act like it doesn’t exist or perpetuate it. So now, we’re here with those leaders.”

Ossoff’s opponent and Donald Trump Jr. were in neighboring Bulloch County on Saturday to appeal to voters. Perdue’s campaign released the following statement on Ossoff’s visit:

Trust fund socialist Jon Ossoff is finally leaving Atlanta and bringing his disinformation tour to Chatham County today, but his lies can’t change the facts. Senator David Perdue worked to pass billions in COVID-19 relief, secured full funding for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, and has always supported our state’s military community. Georgians know he has their backs. If elected, Ossoff would raise taxes, gut our military, and eliminate private health insurance for millions of families. We can’t allow that to happen.

John Burke, communications director

Campaign visits will continue after the weekend.

On Monday, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is scheduled to travel to the Peach State. She isn’t visiting locally but will be campaigning for Ossoff and Warnock in Suwanee and Columbus.

Ivanka Trump is also expected to visit Suwanee Monday to campaign for Perdue and Loeffler. She’s also set to make an early stop in Milton.

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