U.S. Power of Senate – and fate of the presidency of Biden – at stake in two run-off elections
Republicans divided: As party questions about Georgia, Trump generates fresh divisionsRead moreLast November, more than 81 million Americans voted for Joe Biden for president.
But Biden’s presidency’s fate could depend on two U.S. Senate runoff elections in the state of Georgia this Tuesday.https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/04/trump-republican-party-split-unity-biden-georgiaU.S. Control At stake is the Senate.
If Democrats win both elections, there would be a great chance for the president-elect to create a progressive legacy.
The nation would enter at least a two-year cycle of divided government if Democrats lose one or both races, in which Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell retains control and undoubtedly thwarts Biden’s agenda. Why is this such a big deal? The Senate would be divided 50/50 if Democrats won both elections, but Democrats would ultimately gain control of the body with Kamala Harris, the vice-president-elect, in her role as Senate president, breaking all ties in a strict vote on the party line. And who’s running? The Republican candidates are an incumbent senator – wealthy appointee Kelly Loeffler, 50 – and a senator whose term has just finished, David Perdue, 71. New faces on the Democratic side are challenging the Republicans.
A former congressional staffer and defeated House candidate, documentary filmmaker Jon Ossoff, 33, is running to replace Perdue, while Atlanta pastor and first-time Rev. Raphael Warnock, 51, is running to oust Loeffler. The runoff will be conducted in compliance with state election laws, because in the November election, neither candidate obtained 50 percent of the vote. Why is it necessary for the Senate? Senate control will give Biden the best opportunity to sign major new legislation on major issues such as the climate emergency, immigration, civil rights, poverty, and racial justice.
But even two Democratic victories in Georgia would not guarantee that Biden could easily enact a progressive legislative agenda, as centrist Senate Democrats could break from the party in close votes. A Democratic victory in Georgia would also be Donald Trump’s rebuke and further vindicate activists and organizers who have sought to attract Democratic voters and make Georgia a battleground state.
The first Democratic presidential candidate to win the state since 1992 was Biden. What is the position of Trump? In the Georgia race, the President is a wild card.
State Republicans worried that the publication of an audio recording of an hour-long conversation Sunday in which Trump forced Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger, a Republican, to reverse the outcome of the presidential election could both discourage Trump loyalists from voting because Trump claims the game is rigged and deter moderate voters from voting for Trump and the Republican brand. But at the eleventh hour on Monday night, a rally by Trump in Georgia ensured that the president and his message will be front and center on Election Day. Who will be ahead? We know not. Political observers are looking at early voting, absentee voting and first-time voter numbers to find out what’s going on, with confidence in pollsters badly hurt.
In early voting that started on Dec. 14, a record 3 million people voted, which is widely seen as a positive sign for Democrats.
A positive sign for Democrats, who are seeking to broaden the state’s population beyond its conventional Republican origins, but Republicans say their supporters are mindful of what’s at stake and are planning for a high turnout. No less than 100,000 of those voters were first-time voters.
In mid-term elections and runoffs, Republicans have traditionally been better at rallying voters. When is the time to close the polls? Polls are open beginning at 7 a.m. Until seven p.m.
But since, by 7 p.m., everyone in line It is legal to cast a vote, and the voting may be much later. When are the results available? Early voting does not, as in the November ballot, inherently mean early results.
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