Tight races in Georgia could determine balance of power in US Senate

Tight races in Georgia could determine balance of power in US Senate

There is already a January 5 runoff in the state's other Senate race.

There will be a Senate race January runoff between Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock. One is between Republican David Purdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff, the other will go to a runoff.

"The votes are still being counted, but we are confident that Jon Ossoff's historic performance in Georgia has forced Senator David Perdue to continue defending his indefensible record of unemployment, disease, and corruption".

The victor of the presidential race has also not yet been determined in Georgia, which holds 16 electoral votes.

Nearly complete results as of Friday morning showed Biden leading by just over 1,500 votes in Georgia, where changing demographics and strong turnout from African-Americans have put in play a Southern state once seen as reliably backing Trump's Republicans.

This outcome means the makeup of the Senate will mostly rely on elections held in January in Georgia, a state that requires candidates to earn 50 per cent of the vote to outright win or else force a runoff election.

Warnock had raised US$22 million for his Senate campaign by mid-October, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission. Strategist Zac Petkanas said the 2020 election "was going to be an terrible, ugly, dirty slog until the bitter end".

Democrats have not had control of the Senate for six years.

The special election to replace the seat of former Sen. Loeffler will face Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock in a runoff.

Perdue's election night lead dwindled in the following days as absentee ballots in heavily Democratic areas were counted by county election officials.

Of the 35 Senate seats being contested, 23 were Republican-held and 12 were Democrat.

A handful of new progressives will be coming to Washington to join House Democrats, while Republicans will see new right-flank members, including Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has espoused unfounded QAnon conspiracy theories and won a vacant seat in northwest Georgia. This came in reference to his 2017 loss to congresswoman Karen Handel.

Securing a Senate majority will be vital for the victor of the presidency.

Ossoff has also accused Perdue of running an ad targeting his Jewish heritage by showing him with an enlarged nose, calling it an "anti-Semitic trope".

Democrats also showed they were able to win significant votes from independents, which is how a third of voters identify as in the state.

One thing is for certain: the races will be flooded with gobs and gobs of money.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has sidestepped Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claims of Democrats stealing the election, though backed the presidents suggestion of disputes being potentially resolved in court.

"That's how Americans' votes decide the result", McConnell tweeted.

"If overtime is required when all of the votes have been counted, we're ready, and we will win", Perdue campaign manager Ben Fry said in a statement.

"Georgians are sick and exhausted of the endless failure, incompetence, and corruption of Sen".

Both sides promised unlimited funds would flow to the campaigns and onto the airwaves, and they predicted an all-star cast of campaigners for a state that in recent weeks drew visits from Biden, Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris and former President Barack Obama.

"Georgia is clearly now a purple battleground state", Scott Fairchild, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said in a statement.

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