Election day in Georgia with Senate majority at stake

Election day in Georgia with Senate majority at stake
Thomas Hedrich sets up voting flags at a polling location in Gwinnett County, Ga., outside of Atlanta on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, in advance of the Senate runoff election. Source: AP Photo
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Daily US Times: Voters in Georgia are going to the polling stations to cast their vote that will decide whether President-elect Joe Biden’s Democrats control the Senate.

Victory in the two Senate runoff elections would give Joe Biden control over the whole of Congress and with it the power to push forward his progressive agenda.

Mr Biden, a Democrat, said Georgians could shape the US for years to come.

Republican President Donald Donald Trump told voters it was their “last chance to save the America that we love”.

Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler currently hold the two Senate seats in the state. Mr Perdue is battling Jon Ossoff and Ms Loeffler is taking on Reverend Raphael Warnock.

In the November election, none of the candidates reached the 50% needed to win outright, forcing Tuesday’s runoffs under Georgia’s election rules. Voting begins at 07:00 (12:00 GMT).

The result in Georgia will decide the balance of power in the US Senate.

The Republicans currently hold 52 of the 100 seats in the Senate. If both Democrats win on Tuesday’s election, the Senate will be evenly split, allowing incoming vice-president Kamala Harris the tie-breaking vote.

This would be crucial for pushing through Joe Biden’s agenda, including key issues such as environmental regulations and health care – issues with strong Republican opposition.

The Senate also has the power to reject or approve Mr Biden’s nominees for cabinet and judicial posts.

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