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Tuesday's Campaign Round-Up, 1.5.21

Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* As you've probably heard, it's Election Day in Georgia, where voters will not only choose two U.S. senators, but also which party controls the U.S. Senate for the next couple of years. Polls close at 7 p.m. eastern.

* By some accounts, roughly a half-billion dollars was invested in Georgia advertising ahead of today's races. That's extraordinary.

* While some Republicans expressed discomfort with Donald Trump's phone meeting with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) told Fox News yesterday that it's Raffensperger's conduct that was "disgusting," because he recorded and released the call.

* An interesting analysis from the New York Times noted that the Democratic Senate candidates in Georgia -- Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock -- have stressed "an array of policy proposals, while the Republican candidates -- Perdue and Kelly Loeffler -- "are banking that their loyalists are motivated more by what their candidates stand against than by what they stand for." (This seems to dovetail with a certain someone's recent book about Republicans' indifference toward policymaking and governing.)

* Though Republican officials were trying to recruit former Rep. Candice Miller (R) to run for governor in Michigan next year, Miller announced yesterday that she won't take on incumbent Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D). This follows state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R) saying he also has "no interest and no plans" to run for governor in 2022.

* At his rally last night, Trump vowed to return to Georgia next year in order to "campaign against" Gov. Brian Kemp (R), whom the president has condemned for failing to rig the state's election results in his favor.

* Similarly, Trump is still publicly lobbying South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) to launch a primary campaign against Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R), apparently because Thune is reluctant to overturn the results from the electoral college.