The two Senate chairs that are elected this January 5 in the state of Georgia define the future of the Senate and even the governance that Joe Biden will have. If the Democrats win, the party would have control of both houses. What else is at stake?
The eyes of the United States are on Georgia, which this Tuesday is holding elections to determine who will be the two senators who will occupy the seats corresponding to that state.
It is a key day to define the American political landscape, since these elections will define which political group dominates the Senate during the next two years. For that reason, both outgoing President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden traveled to Georgia on Monday, January 4, to give the campaign a final boost.
Biden appealed to the power of the citizens and their vote: “I know this campaign was exhausting, you did all the hard work. I ask you to give your all just one more day,” he stressed. “This day can change the United States.”
For his part, Trump reminded Republican voters that “your vote will be the last chance to save the United States we love” although he stressed that his words do not mean that he is acknowledging his electoral defeat: “in no way could I lose in Georgia, those elections were rigged. “
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Last November, elections were held to elect legislators, however, according to state rules, for a candidate to win he needs more than 50% of the votes and on that occasion, nobody obtained that percentage.
The two senators currently in the state of Georgia are Republicans, so the two Democratic candidates who got the most votes in November are now facing them in a kind of second round.
If the two Democratic candidates win this election, the Republicans would have 50 seats and the Democrats the other 50 so, in the event of a tie in the voting, Vice President Kamala Harris, who chairs the Senate, would have the deciding vote, which is becomes a key to the governance President-elect Joe Biden will have during his first two years in office.
These elections also have an early voting period and according to the Secretary of State’s Office, more than three million votes have been received: 996,702 by mail and 2.07 million in person.
An election mired in controversy because of President Donald Trump
Yes, the elections in Georgia are key to defining the future of the US Senate, which has been in Republican hands since 2014.
But in addition to this, the elections are in the eye of the hurricane after the newspaper The Washington Post published that President Trump pressured the Secretary of State of Georgia, Brad Raffensperger, to “find” thousands of votes in his favor that would serve to overturn the election results that gave Joe Biden the victory.
This is a phone call that was leaked to the press and in which Trump attacks Raffensperger, also a Republican, for refusing to declare him the winner in Georgia. In the recording it is heard that the current head of state repeats on several occasions that there was electoral fraud and affirms that the votes in that state were scanned three times.
This is the most recent effort by the president to try to change his defeat.
On Monday, January 4, Georgia’s electoral authorities said that Trump is “undermining” confidence in the electoral system and his accusations could lead to reduced turnout.
Who are the Senate candidates in Georgia?
One of the senators for Georgia is Republican David Perdue. He has been in office since 2015 and is loyal to President Donald Trump. In November, he won 49.7% of the vote compared to 47.9% for his rival Jon Ossoff.
Perdue is 71 years old, a businessman and one of the wealthiest members of Congress as his family controls a large part of the chicken industry in the United States. He is currently in isolation, after a case of Covid-19 was detected in his close environment.
Democrat Jon Ossoff, 33, is Perdue’s opponent. He is the head of documentary production company Insight TWI and previously worked for five years with Democratic Congressman Hank Johnson. Although for some his youth is his strength, his rivals accuse him of having little experience.
The other Republican senator for the state of Georgia is Kelly Loeffler, 50. She entered the Upper House in December 2019. She is a co-owner of the NBA women’s team Atlanta Dream and is openly opposed to the Black Lives Matter movement.
She is considered another of the wealthiest members of the Senate and has traveled the state in her private plane to campaign.
Loeffler is confronted by the Reverend Raphael Warnock who is pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
With EFE and Reuters