Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones, a DNC member who made headlines for his support of President Trump, has said he is switching to the GOP.
“Just a while ago, I gave the news that I am officially joining the GOP,” he said in a tweet this Wednesday, one day after his state had two important runoff elections which decide if Democrats control the U.S. Senate.
Jones said his choice was due to his goal of filling the power vacuum created by current Republican leadership.
“The GOP is in dire need of candidates that know how to fight,” he added. “I’m a fighter.”
Moments ago, I announced that I am officially joining the Republican Party.
Now more than ever, the Republican Party is in desperate need of leaders that know how to fight.
I know how to fight.
— Vernon Jones (@RepVernonJones) January 6, 2021
Jones’s statement comes as the GOP is struggling with countless electoral setbacks.
President Trump, the first GOP contender to lose Jones’s home state of Georgia in over 20 years, continues to push for the overturn of the 2020 election that resulted in Joe Biden claiming victory. Dozens of GOP members of both the Senate and the House have announced their goal of objecting to the certification of Biden’s win on Wednesday, when it is put before Congress.
Republican are also facing the Senate races in Georgia.
DNC challenger Raphael Warnock is said to have defeated GOP Senator Kelly Loeffler, and Jon Ossoff has claimed victory over Senator David Perdue, although other outlets like the AP have not called that race yet. And if a race has a small enough margin, a candidate could demand a recount.
If Ossoff does win in the end, the Democrats will have a 50-50 tie in the Senate with a VP Kamala Harris to serve as a tiebreaking vote.