Georgia is holding Senate runoff elections as both Republicans and Democrats could not get more than 50% in the Nov 3rd elections. The outcome of the election planned to be held on Jan 5, 2020, will determine which party will control the Senate.
The Georgia Runoff Elections
For both seats of the Senate, Republicans Sen. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler will compete with Democrats Sen. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. To govern the Senate without any restriction, both Democrats need to win against Republicans. If they succeed in securing both seats, they will have a greater chance to control the Senate by granting tie-breaking authority to Kamala Harris, to be sworn in on Jan 20.
Meanwhile, Republicans’ defeat, which is currently holding the majority over Democrats by 50-48 lead, will equalize the number of seats for both parties. In contrast, Republicans’ victory would be a significant loss for Biden as it will oppose Biden’s presidency in Senate.
Considering the significance of game-changing elections in Southern states, both parties are tremendously pouring in money to win the Senate race.
Big money in play
Republicans expended over $107m for the elections as the only hope left for them after Trump’s defeat in presidential elections. At the same time, Democrats spent over $99m to fuel their television ads alone. Thanks to funding from outside groups and donations poured in by Americans, including the celebrities, all four candidates are lavishing huge sums.
According to data issued by AdImpact, Loeffler spent $40.8m, Warnock expended $34.2m, Ossoff outpoured $41.6m, and Perdue spent $30.1m to run a campaign for runoffs.
In Georgia, Democrat Joe Biden won the seat in presidential elections by securing more than 12,000 votes. Since losing the presidency, Trump has been challenging the integrity of the elections across the United States, including Georgia. Even before the runoff election, he has been expressing concerns saying:
After the announcement of the runoff election in the state, Trump has been expressing his concerns.
“Well, I told (Sens. Loeffler and Perdue) today, I think you’re dealing in a very fraudulent system. I’m apprehensive about that”.
Not ending there, both Republican senators called for the resignation of Raffensperger, the Georgia secretary of state, alleging wrongdoings in presidential elections.
However, such claims and allegations are not a new thing, especially from the Republican side. Over the past few weeks, we have been hearing unfounded claims from President Trump and his team.
Democrats secure twin victories in Georgia Senate runoff elections
Democrats sweep Georgia in Senate runoff elections with a pair of historical wins. Democrat candidates Raphael Warnock defeated the Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler while Democratic Jon Ossoff beat Republican David Perdue in the state.
Warnock, a Ebenezer Baptist Church pastor, secured 51% votes elected as the first Black Senator from Georgia. Meanwhile, Democratic Jon Ossoff, who won the Southern state of Georgia by securing 50.6% votes, became the first Jewish Senator from the state.
It was the first time since 1992 when Georgia supported Democrats at Nov,3rd Presidential elections and Jan 5 Senate elections, allowing them to control both houses.
The Democrats double victories in Georgia elections equalized the seats for both Republicans and Democrats in the Senate, giving Vice President Kamala Harris the authority of breaking the tie as 51st vote.
Democratic victories in both races gave them the advantage of controlling the Senate for the next two years. By achieving triumph in both races, President Biden’s government gained the authority to enact their policies and legislation without any hurdle.
After elected as a senator, Warnock addressed the people to deliver a message of hope. He called the Democrat’s twin victories in the state a historical moment and promised to work for all Georgians whether they supported him or not.
Unlike the Warnock, Ossoff is not a new face in Georgia’s politics as he had served as a member of the 6th Congressional District in 2017. However, after winning the Georgia election, 33-year-old Jon Ossoff has become the youngest Democrat in history to be sit in US Senate.
He also received congratulations from celebrities and lawmakers for becoming the youngest candidate to win a senate seat after Joe Biden was sworn in as the youngest senator, three decades ago.
However, nothing has changed on the Republican side as Mr. Trump and his legal team landed with the same tired allegations of fraud in the state elections. He also criticized Georgia’s election officials and claimed that Dominion machines were not working in Republican majority areas.
Meanwhile, Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s election official, denied the allegations and said machines were stopped due to a programming error that was solved quickly.
At the same time, Amy Coello, who has been an active member during the Republican’s Georgia campaign, also leveled the charges of fraud. She shared an image of the destroyed ballot and said that the Republican’s team found the shredded ballots in the Georgia election.
However, the election director of Fulton County, Richard Barron, declined the charges saying they were not the ballots but waste from machines. An investigation into the shredding of ballots also came up with the conclusion that they were part of the regular clean up operation.