Gabriel Sterling, a Republican election official in Georgia who has forcefully condemned President Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the presidential election there, said Tuesday evening that if Republicans lost the two Senate runoffs — a real possibility based on early results — it would be Mr. Trump’s fault.
The blame would “fall squarely on the shoulders of President Trump and his actions since Nov. 3,” Mr. Sterling said on CNN.
Asked what he would tell Mr. Trump if he were watching the interview, Mr. Sterling said: “Mr. President, you’ve already lost the state of Georgia. The thing now is, no matter what you say, you can’t undermine the people of Georgia’s integrity to know their voting system works and their vote is going to count.”
Just a day earlier, on Monday, Mr. Sterling had made an emotional plea to Georgians not to let the president’s false claims of voter fraud deter them from participating in the runoff elections, which will determine which party controls the Senate and how much President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is able to accomplish. And he was far from the only Republican official with that concern.
More votes from Republican strongholds have come in, pushing the G.O.P. hopefuls into small leads for the moment. But a lot of Democrat-leaning ballots remain around Atlanta.
All eyes were on mail-in ballots when general election results were tallied in November. And now, with control of the Senate hinging on two runoff elections in Georgia, it is no surprise that mail-in ballots are getting attention again. Here is what we know about when they will be counted:
Mail-in ballots could not be counted before the polls closed, even if they arrived before election day. But many ballots have already been processed, meaning envelope signatures and addresses have been verified, though the tallying of the votes themselves only began Tuesday night.
Of course, it is hard to say how long it will take for all of the mail-in ballots to be counted.
First, some mail-in ballots may not have been received yet. Although most Georgians had to get their ballots in by the time the polls closed at 7 p.m. Eastern, military and overseas voters have three additional days for their ballots to be received, as long as they mailed them by Tuesday.
Second, some counties will count their mail-in ballots faster than others.
So when will all the mail-in ballots actually be counted? Only time will tell.
Rockdale County is the largest thus far to report it has completed vote counting. The results there: Democrats are outperforming their November numbers by about 4 percentage points.
The northern Atlanta suburbs of…