A Possible Disaster Awaits Republican Senators in Georgia

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"President Trump in California" (Public Domain) by The White House

As the election night continues to unfold, both Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are facing potential losses in their Senate runoff races. 

Far-left Democrat, Reverend Raphael Warnock is leading the race with over 35,000 votes than Loeffler with more than 97% of the votes already counted.

Meanwhile, Perdue keeps a slight lead over Democrat Jon Ossoff with about 1,200 votes. Election analysts are projecting that Democrat senate candidate Jon Ossoff will probably win the electoral race as there are still a lot of votes that have not yet been counted. These remaining votes allegedly come from the areas where Democrats have strongholds in Georgia. 

According to the Wall Street Journal, Republican Sen. David Perdue already won the election with a small vote margin compared to the November 2020 election. This statement refers to the largely complete results. 

In the report, the Wall Street Journal stated, “Where he [Perdue] underperformed tells a clear story: His biggest erosion came in counties that are home to many rural, Black voters.”

The Journal added, “Ten of the 11 counties in which Mr. Perdue’s vote margin declined most from November are labeled as ‘African American South’ counties by the American Communities Project, which sorts the nation’s 3,100 counties by their demographic characteristics. It puts 84 of Georgia’s 159 counties into this category.”

“GH_5846” (public domain) by Raphael Warnock

If Democrats Warnock and Ossoff win against Loeffler and Perdue, respectively, Biden’s team will control the Senate in the next two years. The following are also some of the important issues that are at stake: 

  • The amount of the next COVID-19 relief package
  • This will also determine whether the next bill will include the Democratic preference of providing state and local aid, or whether the GOP priority of liability protections for businesses.
  • It will be very convenient and easy for Biden and the Democratic party to have his policies and Cabinet nominees approved. 

Darell West, Vice President and director of governance and studies at the Brookings Institution wrote in an email, “If Democrats win, they will have the means to get his nominees and legislation approved with or without GOP support.” He continued and stated that “Since most Republicans are likely to oppose some nominations and things such as big-spending packages or tax increases on the wealthy, GOP control would make it very difficult for Biden to implement the things he campaigned on.”

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On January 20, Democrat Joe Biden will sit in the White House, Democrat Kamala Harris will be his Vice President. Then, Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be leading the Lower House. And if Democrats win Georgia, the White House will definitely be dominated by Democrats.

Because the two races in Georgia will decide Senate control, donors big and small, as well as political luminaries all over the country, focused on the runoffs in Georgia. 

In case Perdue and Loeffler win the electoral race, Republicans will hold 52-48 majority in the Senate. If only one GOP senate candidate wins, the victory will lead to a 51-49 edge for the Republican party. However, if both Democrats win the race, the Republican and Democrat parties will have 50 seats each. When this happens, Democrat Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would hold a tiebreaking vote. 

Previously, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) made a statement saying that Democratic control of the Senate “would be the biggest difference-maker.” The Democratic senator said that this will help Biden implement his policies and campaign plans faster.  

In a November statement after Joe Biden won the Presidential election, Schumer said, “The best way to ensure that positive agenda can be carried out and deliver help to working families in Georgia and across the country is to elect Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff to the Senate.”