Senate election in the USA: Second Democrat declares himself the winner

The future US President Biden can hope that the Democrats’ control of the Senate will give him a free hand in his politics. A democratic runoff candidate is already considered the winner, the second declared himself to be.

In a very close runoff election in the US state of Georgia for a seat in the US Senate, the Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff has claimed victory. He won the election against the Republican incumbent David Perdue, announced Ossoff.

The 33-year-old thanked the Georgia people for their trust. According to the current count, he is 16,370 votes ahead and a gap of around 0.4 percentage points just ahead of the previous Republican incumbent David Perdue.

Many postal votes are still missing

The US media were initially reluctant to predict the outcome of the runoff election, among other things because several thousand postal votes from abroad could still arrive by Friday.

In the second runoff election on Tuesday, the Democrat Raphael Warnock was able to narrowly prevail against the Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler, according to the forecasts of the US media. He received 50.6 percent of the vote, the Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler 49.4 percent, reported the “New York Times” and television stations.

Senate can block bills

If the Democrats actually win both seats, they would also get the upper hand in the Senate. The future US President Joe Biden could then implement reform projects, laws and personnel decisions much more easily. In the House of Representatives, the other chamber of the US Congress, the Democrats already have a majority.

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. The Senate confirms, among other things, presidential candidates for high government posts or the Supreme Court and can prevent legislative proposals.

The ARD morning magazine reported on this topic on January 6, 2021 at 05:42 a.m.

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