Georgia Senate election on knife-edge in vote count

Georgia Senate election on knife-edge in vote count
Election workers tabulate ballots at the Beauty P. Baldwin Voter Registrations and Elections Building, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in Lawrenceville, Ga. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: Georgia Senate election, that will decide control of the Senate are too close to call amid a nail-biting ballot count.

Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are neck and neck with Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.

US President-elect Joe Biden’s party needs to win both seats to gain full control of Congress.

President Trump’s Republican party needs only to win one in order to retain the Senate.

Mr Perdue is battling Mr Ossoff and Ms Loeffler is taking on Mr Warnock. All four candidates were in a dead heat with eighty eight percent of ballots counted from Georgia’s 159 counties.

Both Republican candidates have a wafer-thin lead, but thousands of votes remain to be counted in the Atlanta suburbs such as DeKalb County, which is expected heavily voted for the Democrats.

More than three million votes – about 40% of Georgia’s registered voters – were cast before Tuesday. Early voting was a key benefit for President-elect Joe Biden in November’s White House election.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump – whose unsubstantiated claims that he was the victim of electoral fraud have left Republican strategists worried about turnout in Tuesday’s election – continued to cast aspersions on the integrity of the vote in Georgia.

On Saturday, the US President pushed Georgia’s top election official Brad Raffensperger, a fellow Republican, to “find” enough votes to overturn Mr Biden’s presidential election win in the state.

So far, exit polls about the Senate election show voters in the state in a clean split over which party they want to control Congress: 48% favoured Democratic Party, while 49% said the Republican party.

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