Two Georgia races will determine which party controls the Senate
Georgia election will determine who will control the Senate
It is enough for the Republicans to win in one of the two counties in the state to retain control of the upper house.
WASHINGTON – Georgia’s second round of elections on Tuesday will determine who controls the Senate – Republicans or Democrats, and whether President-elect Joe Biden can implement his agenda.
With stakes so high, Biden and outgoing President Donald Trump held rallies in Georgia on the last day of the campaign.
The future president came to Atlanta, the largest city in the state, to support two Democrats – documentary filmmaker John Ossoff and Baptist preacher Raphael Warnock.
“With their Senate votes, we can make the progress we need with jobs, healthcare, justice, the environment and more,” Biden said..
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Meanwhile, Trump has been campaigning in the upstate Republican enclave of Dalton, campaigning for Senator David Purdue, who opposes Ossoff, and Senator Kelly Lefler, whose opponent is Warnock..
He warned that a Democratic majority in the Senate would give free rein to what he often calls “extreme left”.
“This will give them the ability to push through whatever crazy leftist laws they want, that they’ve ever dreamed of,” Trump said. – Your religious freedom will no longer exist, your borders and your wonderful new wall will be gone. Your police departments will not exist as they are, and your savings will not exist. “.
Early cast ballots will not be counted until Tuesday, so the official winners are unlikely to be determined on post-election night.
The Senate elections are being closely watched in Washington by Biden’s transition team and his Republican opponents, as their results determine the leverage the future chief of the executive will have in advancing his legislative agenda after he and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are brought to a sworn in at noon January 20th.
Republicans have 50 Senate seats and Democrats 48 since the inauguration of lawmakers last Sunday..
A Republican candidate victory in one or both constituencies in Georgia will bring the party a majority and the right to determine the Senate agenda, as well as a majority in all Senate legislative committees..
If Warnock and Ossoff win, then the seats in the Senate will be distributed between Democrats and Republicans exactly in half, and in the event of an equality of votes, Harris will have a decisive vote, including in the organization of committees and control over the legislative calendar..
Republican control of the House will complicate Biden’s legislative agenda for the next two years, which will likely lead to extensive negotiations on issues such as new health benefits, immigration controls and the introduction of climate-related regulations..
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