Citizens of Georgia went to polling stations for the US Senate runoffs on Tuesday, in what is a crucial vote to determine whether the GOP retains control of the Senate, or if it will be ceded to the Democrats.
In the 3 November election, Republican incumbent David Perdue received 49.73% of the vote and his Democrat challenger Jon Ossoff received 47.95% so they are both seeking to win a majority this time. Republican Kelly Loeffler and Democrat the Reverend Raphael Warnock are standing for the state's second senatorial seat in a special election which arose because Republican senator Johnny Isakson stood down at the end of 2019. In the first round on 3 November, Loeffler received 25.9% and Warnock got 32.9% and two other candidates have been eliminated.
If both Democratic candidates secure two seats in the Senate, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be in position to cast the tie-breaking vote when necessary. However, if at least one Republican candidate wins re-election, it will be enough for Republicans to retain the majority in the Senate that will allow them to block much of the Democrat’s agenda in a split government situation.
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