Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will head to Georgia this week ahead of the two Senate runoffs that will decide which party controls the body.

Pompeo will appear first, delivering a speech Wednesday at Georgia Tech on “the China challenge to U.S. national security and academic freedom,” the State Department said Monday evening.

The event will come one day before the vice president returns to the Peach State for another series of campaign events.

One of the two stops is in Greenville, South Carolina, about an hour from the Georgia border, while the other will be in Augusta, Ga.

The Greenville event will be a coronavirus-focused roundtable while the Augusta event will be a campaign rally.

Pence was in Georgia on Friday campaigning for Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, who are facing the fights of their political lives.

All eyes have focused on the two Senate battles in the Peach State. The current balance of the Senate is 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats, meaning that whichever way these two seats go will decide which party controls the upper chamber of Congress.

If Democrats were to win both seats and split the chamber evenly, tie votes would be broken by the vice president, Kamala Harris.

Interest in the two Senate contests has continued to rise as both parties express confidence that they can emerge victorious.

President-elect Joe Biden narrowly carried Georgia over President Trump, marking the first time a Democrat carried the Southern state since Bill Clinton defeated former President George H.W. Bush in 1992.

Democratic strategists have said once-red Georgia is within reach for their party, but GOP analysts have argued it will be harder for the left to convince their voters to come out in an election without Trump on the ballot.


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