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The United States starts the year amid political chaos


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Rev. Warnock’s campaign rally in Georgia. Brandon BellAFP
  • Leadership Nancy Pelosi, re-elected as president of the United States Lower House

The US elections began on September 15, when the early voting period opened in the state of Pennsylvania. And they conclude today, with the second round of the Senate elections in the state of Georgia, in which you will decide who controls that camera. The stakes are not small. The Democratic Party has taken over the Presidency and the House of Representative. If his two candidates win today the Republican senators from Georgia, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, they will take control of the Senate, albeit by the bare minimum.

Whoever wins, and in a reflection of the political life of the United States, the result is going to be very tight. Perdue and Loeffler are tied with Democratic hopefuls, Jon Scoff and Raphael Warnock, and, to make the forecasts a little more difficult, this second round of the elections has been altered by all the incredible circumstances of the ‘new normal’ in the United States.

Perdue is in quarantine after having tested positive for Covid-19; Justice has had to decide about how to vote in advance; and Donald Trump has gone to campaign in Georgia on behalf of the Republicans (last night he had a rally planned before more than 20,000 people), but he has transformed those events into claims of his claim that he actually won the elections, which has the two senators in a difficult position. In addition, the president has opposed his party by asking that the public aid of Covid-19 to citizens be 2,000 dollars (1,620 euros), instead of the 600 dollars (490 euros) approved by Congress with the vote favorable from Perdue and Loeffler.

At the moment, early voting is being massive, which should help Democratic hopefuls. But, after the failure of the polls in the November elections, it is impossible not to think that the polls have a predictive value similar to that of the Tarot. To that is added the diversity of a state like Georgia, which combines one of the largest cities in the US, Atlanta, with a growing African American population, with rural areas on the coast so isolated that its inhabitants retain even African words, and with very conservative white mountain regions.

That uncertainty extends to the entire US. After the leak to the ‘Washington Post’ of the phone call made on Saturday by Trump to those responsible for the organization of the elections in Georgia asking them to “find” the necessary votes for him to be declared the winner, any residue of normality has disappeared. The ‘leader’ of the Democratic left wing, the congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, has raised the possibility of a new impeachment against the outgoing president as a result of that call, while one of the members of the Electoral Board of Georgia and several Democratic congressmen have requested that the FBI investigate the case in case it was constitutive of Criminal offense.

At the same time, the Republican Party has exploded among the 12 senators who tomorrow will vote against the ratification of the electoral victory of Joe Biden against the wishes of their leader, Mitch McConnell, in what appears to be a posture intended more to position itself for future elections than to defend Trump. Meanwhile, 200 executives of large companies have asked Congress to focus, and tomorrow, in its special session on the elections, limit itself to ratifying the electoral results without further poisoning the debate. Among the signatories are the heads of firms such as the investment bank Goldman Sachs, the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, the consulting firms Deloitte, PriceWaterhouse and Ernst & Young, the insurer MetLife, and the Blackstone, Blackrock and Carlyle funds.

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