Control of the U.S. Senate Swings with Georgia's Run-off Elections

Georgia election law requires candidates to capture at least 50 percent of the vote to be declared a winner. Neither of the state's Senate races reached that threshold back in November, forcing Tuesday's runoffs. Over half a billion dollars was spent in the last two months alone on the two Georgia Senate run-off races, and for good reason. These elections will decide which party will control the U.S. Senate and determine how much of the Biden/Harris agenda will be able to move through legislative branches. Going into Tuesday's run-offs, Republicans held a 50-48 majority in the new Senate, and Democrats needed to win both seats to shift control.  

Announced early Wednesday morning, Democrat Raphael Warnock defeated Republican incumbent, Kelly Loeffler in a tight race. Senator Loeffler had held the seat for a year after being appointed to the Senate by Georgia Governor, Brian Kemp in December of 2019 to fill a vacancy left by Republican senator Johnny Isakson who retired for health reasons. Raphael Warnock, the state's first black Senator will hold the Senate seat until January 3, 2023. 

In the other Senate race, Democrat Jon Ossoff has defeated Republican incumbent, David Perdue by a narrow margin. At 33, Ossoff will be the youngest sitting U.S. Senator. With two victories, the Senate will be split 50-50, between the parties (as two Independents, Senators King and Sanders vote with the Democrats). With an even split, Democrats would have the tie breaking vote, as Vice President Kamala Harris would cast the deciding vote in the event of any ties. 


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  • Michael Cornelius
    published this page in NEWS 2021-01-07 09:04:52 -0500
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