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Biden and Trump face off again in Georgia with separate visits on Saturday

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President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are both hosting events in Georgia this Saturday, setting the stage for their upcoming rematch. Biden is continuing his tour after the State of the Union, focusing on swing state voters in the Atlanta area. Simultaneously, Trump is holding a rally in the northwest part of the state, gearing up for the general election.

Their appearances, separated by about 60 miles, give us an early look at how they’re approaching voters not overly excited about another Biden-Trump face-off. Georgia, a closely watched battleground, becomes the starting point for the eight-month campaign, especially since Biden won the state by a slim margin four years ago.

Fred Hicks, a Democratic strategist in Georgia, highlights the state’s significance in national politics since 2018. Trump’s rally in Georgia is his first since becoming the presumptive nominee, marking a crucial juncture in the presidential race.

Biden’s State of the Union address marked a clear shift toward the upcoming election, emphasizing the stakes for November without explicitly mentioning Trump. This weekend’s events follow their recent joint appearance at the US-Mexico border.

Biden’s team is launching the “I’m on Board” campaign, aiming to amplify the State of the Union message and expand the coalition. Georgia is crucial for Democrats, but early polls show Trump leading. Without statewide races, Biden faces the challenge of mobilizing voters without key down-ballot candidates.

Trump, however, has challenges in Georgia, including his previous loss in 2020 and conflicts with state Republican officials. After losing Georgia, he criticized local Republicans, accusing them of hiding voter fraud. This strained relationship contributed to the loss of Republican senators in runoff contests, giving Democrats control of the Senate.

Trump’s legal battles in Georgia, related to alleged interference in the 2020 election, add complexity. His efforts to overturn the election and recruit primary challengers to state officials have created skepticism among swing voters. Despite these challenges, Trump is focusing on issues like immigration to resonate with voters, tying it to Biden’s policies.

The tragic death of Laken Riley, a nursing student allegedly killed by an undocumented immigrant, is becoming a political point of contention. Trump is leveraging this incident to criticize Biden’s immigration policies, emphasizing the emotional impact on voters. The upcoming rally in Rome, within Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s district, adds another layer of political tension, with Greene accusing Biden of responsibility for Riley’s murder.

These events in Georgia provide a glimpse into the evolving strategies of both Biden and Trump as they navigate the complexities of this high-stakes rematch.

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