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Georgia state had two runoff elections on Tuesday that will ultimately determine whether the Senate is controlled by Republicans or Democrats.
The stakes in this election are high, considering this will determine how much President-elect Joseph R Biden Jr. can accomplish during his first two years in the White House, until the next election cycle.
According to The New York Times, this runoff election broke turnout records. Like in the general elections in November, early voting was available. More than three million people voted, both by absentee ballot and at early voting places in Georgia.
The last Georgia Senate runoff record was set in 2008 with 2.1 million people voting.
The Democratic candidates, Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock have been campaigning against Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.
If the Democrats win both seats, Democrats will hold sway over the Senate by a single vote. Whereas, if Republicans win they will retain the Senate majority.
The latest attempt from President Trump to overturn the election results focused on calling Georgia’s Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, urging him to “find” more than 11,000 votes — the same number of votes that Biden leads Mr. Trump.
A concern among Republicans is that the President’s continued contentions that the election was somehow stolen or rigged may cause many core Trump supporters to be discouraged to participate in the runoff elections.
The Democrats have focused on grassroots organizations that focused on participation in this voting cycle and see a higher turn out of the Black voting block, something that the Democrats see as in their favor. But the Republicans are the ones worried about their voters’ enthusiasm, according to the NYT article.
And according to a website that tracks voting shows that 31 percent of those who have voted so far are Black.
As of Wednesday morning, The Associated Press projected Warnock (D) defeated Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R). Warnock has a 50,000-vote lead and votes left to be counted are largely from Democrat-leaning areas.
Democrat Jon Ossoff leading Republican Sen. David Perdue in the other race, but too close to call.
Democrat Jon Ossoff projected to win Democrat Senate seat over David Perdue making both available seats Democrat, according to CNN.