Alyssa Milano, Mark Hamill in Georgia for senate runoffs
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Those whipping up support for Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock include Mark Hamill, John Legend, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Kerry Washington, while Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato are promoting voter registration efforts through the pro-Democrat Vote Save America's Georgia Project.
A year after threatening to boycott the Peach State, Hollywood bigwigs have Georgia on their minds as they put their cash, connections and clout behind the Democratic Senate candidates in hopes of scripting a happy ending for Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer.

"Let's Give to Georgia, Let's Take the Senate! We can do this!" liberal filmmaker Michael Moore said in a Saturday tweet.

Even Alyssa Milano, who led the calls last year to boycott Georgia after the state legislature passed a pro-life "heartbeat bill," has sought to sway the electorate. "We need you, Georgia" and "it's so important to elect Ossoff & Warnock," she tweeted.

While the state increasingly has become a go-to destination for Hollywood production companies, thanks to its generous tax breaks, the level of celebrity interest in a Georgia Senate race may be unprecedented, driven by political stakes that could hardly be higher.

Republicans need a victory in the Jan. 5 runoff elections by one of their incumbents — Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler — to retain control of the Senate. If they both lose, then the Senate will be split 50-50 and any tie will be broken by presumptive Vice President-elect Kamala D. Harris.

"Right now, it's the only game in town for politically active celebrities," said John Pitney, a political science professor at Claremont McKenna College. "The upside is that they can help raise money. The downside is that Republicans can easily paint them as left-wing Hollywood elites telling Georgians how to vote. Expect [President] Trump to make that point."

Indeed, having the stars come out on the campaign trail comes as a double-edged sword for Democrats, who benefit from the industry's fundraising and exposure but risk appearing out of touch if they hobnob too closely with the Hollywood glitterati.

National Republican Senatorial Committee spokeswoman Paige Lindgren made the point…
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