After a fierce and tumultuous general election period, potentially the balance of power in the United States comes down to the State of Georgia. In one race, Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler will face off against Reverend Raphael Warnock. Warnock finished first in the “jungle primary” with 32.9% of the vote (1,611,843 votes) and Loeffler came in second with 25.9% of the vote (1,270,029 votes).
In the other Senate runoff, incumbent David Perdue slid underneath the winning threshold as an onslaught of votes brought Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff back into the race. Perdue finished first with 49.7% of the vote (2,456,253 votes). Ossoff finished second with 47.9% of the vote (2,366,114 votes).
Georgia is one of a few states requiring the winning candidate to win with a 50% plus one majority in the general election.
“Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are going to win these two U.S. Senate races, and we will defend the Republican majority,” Perdue campaign manager Ben Fry said in a statement to National Review. “We are excited for overtime – it gives us even more time to continue exposing Jon Ossoff and his radical socialist agenda. Jon Ossoff does two things well: burn through out-of-state liberal money and lose elections.”
Meanwhile, Ossoff told supporters Friday morning that, “change has come to Georgia. Change is coming to America and retirement is coming to Senator David Perdue.”
At the moment, the tally for the next Senate is tied, with 48 Republicans and 48 Democrats. Seats in North Carolina and Alaska are too early to call. Republicans are leading those seats.
If both Warnock and Ossoff win, Biden would be dealing with a majority in the Senate, provided that the Republicans hold, increasing the President-elect chances for passing legislation and securing major appointment confirmations because Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would serve as the tiebreaker.
Otherwise, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, could wield the power to block Biden.
Saturday morning, entrepreneur and prominent Democrat Andrew Yang announced he will move to Atlanta and help Ossoff and Warnock get elected.
“This is our only chance to clear Mitch out of the way and help Joe and Kamala get things done in the next four years,” Yang said.
Great news #yanggang – Evelyn and I are moving to Georgia to help @ossoff and @ReverendWarnock win! This is our only chance to clear Mitch out of the way and help Joe and Kamala get things done in the next 4 years. More details to come but let’s go!!! 😀🇺🇸🚀 https://t.co/egcdwqC1qZ
— Andrew Yang🧢⬆️🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) November 8, 2020
Observers believe more than $100 million will be spent in Georgia on these two runoff elections.
“A Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate would be the biggest difference maker to help President-elect Biden deliver for working families across the country and in Georgia, where, for too long, they have been denied the help they need by President Trump, Mitch McConnell and a Republican-led Senate,” Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the minority leader, said in a statement on Saturday.
The 45th President, Donald J. Trump, did not say if he would support Loeffler and Perdue in their runoff battles but continued to insinuate the Democrats stole the election.
“Would End the Filibuster, ‘Life’, 2A, and would Pack and Rotate the Court. Presidency becomes even more important,” he wrote. “We will win!”
Loeffler rushed to the aid of the President. She said, “Georgia is now the last line of defense against socialism. We have to win. For our state. For our country. For every future generation of Americans.”
Meanwhile, Perdue remained largely silent since he referred to Harris as, “Kah-MAH-lah or KAH-mah-lah or Kamamboamamla — I don’t know,” he said at a rally for Trump in Macon on October 16th. Ossoff said Perdue’s comments were racially insensitive.