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Combination images of Georgia Democratic candidate the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Sen. Kelly Loeffler. Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) refused to say during her Georgia Senate runoff debate with Democrat the Rev. Raphael Warnock Sunday whether she agrees with President Trump's baseless claims that the presidential election was rigged.

Why it matters: Some Republicans are concerned that Trump's claims may hurt the party ahead of the two Jan. 5 Senate elections runoffs in Georgia that will decide which party will hold the Senate majority.

  • This is Loeffler and Warnock's only scheduled debate before the runoff.
  • While Loeffler refused several times to say whether Trump lost the election, she said: "Everything is at stake in this election, the future of our country."

Details: When asked whether she supports President Trump's baseless claims that he won the presidential election, Loeffler said: "It's vitally important that Georgians trust our elections process and the president has every right to every legal recourse and that’s what’s taking place."

  • Warnock criticized Loeffler for "casting doubt" on the legitimacy of President-elect Biden's election win.

Of note: Georgia election officials have certified the state's presidential election results.

What else they're saying: Loeffler repeatedly referred to Warnock as a "radical liberal" and accused him of being "out of step with Georgia's values."

  • Warnock said he wants to "make sure that we center ordinary people in all the policy we do." "You can't tell the difference between Washington back rooms and corporate boardrooms. My opponent represents the worst of that kind of problem," he said.

For the record: The other runoff contest is between Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Democrat Jon Ossoff. Perdue declined to debate Ossoff, so he appeared alone at the press club earlier beside an empty podium.

  • Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be the tie-breaker in any party-line votes.

Go deeper: Don Jr. tells Georgia Senate voters that Trump is on the ballot

Editor's note: This article has been updated with more details from the debate and further context on the presidential election.

Go deeper

Schumer's m(aj)ority checklist

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.

Off the Rails

Episode 1: A premeditated lie lit the fire

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 1: Trump’s refusal to believe the election results was premeditated. He had heard about the “red mirage” — the likelihood that early vote counts would tip more Republican than the final tallies — and he decided to exploit it.

"Jared, you call the Murdochs! Jason, you call Sammon and Hemmer!”

Off the Rails

Episode 2: Barbarians at the Oval

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 2: Trump stops buying what his professional staff are telling him, and increasingly turns to radical voices telling him what he wants to hear. Read episode 1.

President Trump plunked down in an armchair in the White House residence, still dressed from his golf game — navy fleece, black pants, white MAGA cap. It was Saturday, Nov. 7. The networks had just called the election for Joe Biden.