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Now to support the state of Georgia to get Senate majority! If Democrats win both runoffs—and Kamala Harris is vice president—then Democrats will gain majority. (Vice presidents can provide tie-breaking votes.)

What happens if either of the republicans, win their runoffs with Biden being elect-president? Four more years of gridlock. The House and the White House will be Democrat-controlled, with a Republican-controlled Senate.

Mitch McConnell will continue to be senate majority leader and will block all Biden proposals! This is not over yet! We have to support the GA runoffs in January! Get involved and make it happen!

Read more here:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/07/us/politics/georgia-senate-runoff-explainer.html?smtyp=cur&smid=fb-nytimes&fbclid=IwAR3MQ81_QlkJS-CjERET1X-SFlYrDXf1AZOJsVzd18E2Dh46T_wKQzaaY4s

By Luke Broadwater

As the dust settles from the presidential race, the eyes of the political world have already shifted to Georgia, where two runoff elections set for early January will almost certainly determine which party has control of the Senate.

The outcome of the contests, which will play out two weeks before President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inauguration, will either swing the majority to Democrats, handing the new president broad power to carry out his policy agenda and push through nominations as he sees fit, or leave Republicans in charge, allowing them to influence his plans.

In the weeks ahead, tens of millions of dollars in campaign cash are expected to pour into the state to fund a marathon of political advertising, while party leaders and interest groups on both sides train their attention on the races.

Here’s how it will work.

A runoff election is essentially a rematch that is held when none of the candidates meet the criteria for winning. Under Georgia law, candidates must receive a majority of the vote to win an election. If no candidate breaks 50 percent, the top two vote-getters then face off again in a runoff election to determine the winner.

Since the 1990s, Democrats have won only one of seven statewide runoffs in general or special elections, according to Inside Elections, the nonpartisan political newsletter.

While Senate elections are staggered so that a state’s two seats are not up for re-election at the same time, this was an unusual year for Georgia.

Senator David Perdue, a Republican, was facing a normal re-election race for the seat he won in 2014. In addition, Senator Kelly Loeffler, another Republican appointed last year to succeed Senator Johnny Isakson after he retired because of health issues, was facing a special election to serve out the remainder of his term until 2022.

Both of their races went to runoffs because neither they nor their challengers garnered at least 50 percent of the vote.

It is traditionally more difficult for candidates to convince voters to turn out for elections that do not feature the presidential contest on the ballot, and this special election will come shortly after New Year’s with the country still in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

In the past, Democrats have struggled in such races, with Republicans dominating the format in conservative-learning Georgia.

But both parties are expected to dump ample resources into turning out their voters for the runoffs, and since there are no other races happening around the country, enormous national attention will be focused on Georgia.

The stakes will be high. Republicans hold a 53-to-47 majority, but after elections this week, they were tied 48 to 48 with Democrats. While Senate races in Alaska and North Carolina have yet to be called, Republicans are expected to prevail in those states, which would put the party in control of 50 seats.

If Republican leads in those states hold, Democrats would need to capture both of the seats in Georgia to secure a 50-50 tie in the Senate. Then, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris could cast tiebreaking votes to carry out the Democratic agenda. If they were to lose one, Republicans would maintain their majority, albeit by the slimmest of margins.

With judicial nominees, a stimulus deal, infrastructure and health care measures, and tax and spending policies all on the line, the Senate races in Georgia are likely to take on an intensity that mirrors the presidential race that just ended.

And with President Trump refusing to concede and making baseless accusations that the election was stolen from him, Republicans are likely to try to use their grievances about the presidential race to galvanize their voters to turn out in Georgia and deny Mr. Biden the Senate he would need to get things done.

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  • JR! changed the title to Here’s Why the state of Georgia matters! Whats a runoff and why there are two?

This is still a risk - the commentators say that, as its only Senate seats and not the presidential race, that turnout will be much lower, and in particular all those in Georgia that voted last week to get rid of Trump might not vote in the run offs. Georgia needs to keep up the fight!

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Decaying Confederate Monument Mitch McConnell (I stole that from twitter) needs to be relegated to Minority Leader of the Senate since Kentucky voters voted him back in (I've no idea why). These two Senate seats from Georgia are up for grabs and here's information if you're interested in donating:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/dscc-warnock-ossoff-runoff-nov2020

 

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