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Two very even races.
The state of Georgia in the United States held this Tuesday the elections to elect the two senators of this state and after counting 75% of the votes, the result is so close that still a winner cannot be declared.
So far, exit polls show Georgians in a clear division: 49% favor Republicans, while 48% say they prefer the Democratic Party.
These elections, in which two Republican candidates face off against two Democrats, are key because they will decide which party wins the race. Majority in the Senate.
CBS, an ally of the BBC, points out that in both races both candidates have equal chances of winning.
The final result should be known in the next few hours, but if it is still very close, the declaration of the winners could take several days.
President-elect Democrats Joe Biden They already have a Majority in the House of Representatives, and they need to win both seats to have control of the Senate and, by extension, Congress.
The President’s Republicans Donald TrumpFor their part, they only need one winner to keep control of the Senate.
Who are facing?
On the Republican side, the candidates are Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, who are seeking hold the seat they currently have in the Senate representing Georgia.
Candidate Loeffler faces Reverend Raphael Warnock. Senator Perdue is competing against former journalist Jon Scoff.
In the elections of last November both Republicans won, but none of them obtained 50% of the votes with which, according to the law of that state, the winner could be declared, so this second round was necessary.
How is the count going?
Voting ended at 19 local time (midnight GMT), although all those who were still lining up outside the polling stations at the time were allowed to vote.
Poll workers in Georgia’s 159 counties are tabulating the day’s votes, along with early and mail-in votes.
According to CBS, the total turnout is estimated at just over four million.
More than three million votes, about 40% of the state’s registered voters, were cast before Tuesday.
Early voting was a key benefit for Biden in the presidential election.
About 80% of the ballots were expected to be counted before midnight local time, but it is unclear whether officials will finish the count tonight.
In this campaign, Democrats sought to gain supporters in major urban areas, particularly in the Atlanta suburbs.
Republicans, for their part, are concentrated on the North Georgia stronghold, as well as rural areas and smaller cities.
A Democrat has not won a Senate race in Georgia in 20 years, but the party may be boosted by Biden’s victory there in the presidential election.
Biden’s margin of victory was about 12,000 votes out of five million cast.
Why are elections so important in Georgia?
The upper house of the United States Congress, the Senate, has been controlled by the Partido republicano since 2014.
This instance is key for the approval of laws and the confirmation of the appointments of the cabinet and the judges of the Supreme Court, the court of highest hierarchy in the country.
If Democrats win in Georgia, the two additional seats would give them effective control of the Senate.
Each party would have 50 senators and in case of tie the Democratic vice president, Kamala Harris, would have the deciding vote.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.