According to the media, the Democrat Warnock prevailed over his Republican rival in the runoff election in the US state of Georgia. Should the Democrats win the second Senate seat, they would have a majority in Congress.
The Democrats of the future US President Joe Biden have achieved a first victory in decisive runoff elections over the majority in the US Senate. In one of two runoff elections in the state of Georgia for the Senate, the candidate Raphael Warnock apparently prevailed against the Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler. This is what forecasts from various television stations and the AP news agency say.
Warnock thanked the voters shortly before the US media announced the victory: “I am honored by the trust you have placed in me. And I promise you tonight: I will go to the Senate for all of Georgia No matter who you voted for in this election, at this moment in American history. “
Second runoff – a tremendous match
In the race for the second and last open seat in the US Senate, Democrat Jon Ossoff took the lead. However, victory is not yet certain. Ossoff was in the morning (local time) with a good 9500 votes in front of the Republican incumbent David Perdue. Almost 4.4 million votes were counted, with Ossoff’s lead being less than 0.2 percentage points. Georgia law requires recounting if the gap between two candidates is not at least 0.5 percentage points.
Perdue’s campaign team has already announced that “time and transparency” are needed for a fair result. All legal steps will be taken to ensure that all votes have been properly counted. The elected US President Donald Trump had advertised Perdue and Loeffler.
For Democrats, it’s about the whole of Congress
Should the Democrats win the second runoff election, they would de facto have a majority in the Senate. They already dominate the House of Representatives, the other Chamber of Congress. The Democrats’ control of the entire Congress would make it much easier for Biden to govern.
On the other hand, if the Republicans retain a majority in the Senate, they can block the future president’s political plans and personnel decisions. Among other things, the Senate confirms presidential candidates for high government posts or the Supreme Court and can block bills
Chambers should finally recognize the election results
Biden is due to be sworn in as the new US President on January 20. Two weeks earlier, the last big showdown in the tussle over the outcome of the presidential election is due today. At a joint meeting of the House of Representatives and the Senate (from 7 p.m. CET), the election result is to be finally confirmed.
Numerous Republican MPs and senators are planning a disruptive action – driven by unsubstantiated claims of fraud by Trump – that will cause internal party upheavals and will likely drag out the formal processes considerably.
Trump had lost the presidential election in early November by a clear margin to his Democratic challenger Biden. Trump refuses to admit defeat. He claims he was robbed of victory by massive fraud. Neither Trump nor his lawyers provided any substantive evidence of this. Dozens of lawsuits from the Trump camp have so far been thrown out of courts, including the US Supreme Court. The state electors have confirmed Biden’s clear victory. The Democrat got 306 of the 538 votes – 36 more than required. 232 electorates voted for Trump.