Sunday, December 5

Two runoff elections in Georgia to determine future control of the US Senate.

Two runoff elections in the state of Georgia on Tuesday will determine which political party controls the United States Senate and will dictate the incoming administration of Joe Biden’s ability to govern.

President-elect Biden and the left-wing Democratic Party have to win both elections to change the upper house of Congress, which is responsible for law-making and a host of other function He

Losing one of the two second-round elections would keep the chamber in the hands of right-wing Republicans who could block Biden’s legislative priorities, as well as his candidates for his new cabinet, who must be confirmed by the Senate before taking office.

The elections brought the southern state of Georgia into the spotlight again after it became a key battleground in 2020, voting for a Democrat for the first time since 1992.

Who stands for the elections?

Incumbent Republican senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler face Democratic rival He

Former businessman Perdue, 71, has been in the Senate since 2015 and Loeffler, 50, since 2019. Both are Trump supporters who have questioned the results of the November election.

They face Democratic candidates Jon Scoff, a 33-year-old former documentary producer, and Raphael Warnock, 51, senior pastor of civil rights activist Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s former church in Atlanta.

The second round takes place because neither candidate received 50% of the vote in November, and they face Scoff against Perdue and Warnock against Loeffler.

Why is Georgia being watched so closely?

Republicans currently have 50 Senate seats and only need to win one more seat to maintain their majority, while Democrats have 46 seats plus two independents who vote with them.

Winning both elections for Democrats would bring the balance to 50-50, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris able to break a tie in the Senate to pass law He

Democrats also control the lower house of Congress, the House of Representative He

But if the Republicans win, Senator Mitch McConnell will remain the majority leader, an outcome Democrats hope to avoid. He blocked legislation and court nominees during the Barack Obama administration.

Republicans have had a majority in the Senate since 2014.

Hundreds of millions of dollars have come to Georgia before the second round of the election, and Democrats have outnumbered Republicans by the million He

Both Democratic candidates have broken fundraising records, raising more than $100 million (€8181.4 million) each.

The poll shows neck and neck of poll He

Why has Georgia become such an important battlefield state?

Georgia had consistently voted Republican, but this year it became a key battlefield state with Biden eventually winning by nearly 12,000 vote He

Many have said that former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams helped turn the state in favor of the Democrats, registering new voters through her “Fair Fight” organization.

Since the 2018 election, in which Abrams lost to Gov. Brian Kemp, more than 800,000 new voters have been added to Georgia’s electorate, the organization say He At least 49% of those voters are people of color and 45% are under the age of 30.

The close race in Georgia recently returned to the spotlight when audio surfaced of a phone call between President Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger over the weekend in which the President of the United States asked hitoto “find” votes to make up the difference.

Democrats said Trump’s actions were criminal and an abuse of power, as he continued to claim that there was voter fraud in the election He

He and President-elect Biden have both been campaigning in the state before the second round, and Trump went on to claim that he won the presidential election in Georgia.

Trump also said the stakes in the election could not be higher, while Biden said Monday it was the first time a state could “chart the course” for the “next generation.”

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