All Eyes on Georgia’s Two Senate Races

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Ashfiq Islam, Staff Writer

As the Georgia recount ended November 19th, , Biden’s victory in our state was confirmed. In the final tally, Biden beat Trump by 12,284 votes. Georgia officially flipping blue brings up the question, will its two senate seats also favor the democrats? Reverend Warnock leads his competitor, Kelly Loeffler, by roughly 7% or 340K votes. If results hold, Georgia will have at least one democratic senate seat, but that doesn’t give the Democrats the majority in the senate. They need two. The race between Jon Ossof and David Perdue is much closer than the other. David Perdue leads Jon Ossof by roughly 1.7% in the state, roughly 87K votes.

As Georgians prepare for the January runoff, many democratic advocates are trying their best to give Joe Biden and Kamala Harris the senate majority. There are reports of people from California, New York, and Massachusetts, which are some of the most democratic states, moving to Georgia and registering to vote in the runoff election, to give the senate control back to the democrats. Former Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang has already stated that he is moving to Georgia with his wife to get more Democratic voters registered. Andrew Yang himself will not vote in the election, as he doesn’t plan on staying too long after the election. 

The importance of this state is almost immeasurable. Without a Democratic senate, Joe Biden will not be able to get nearly as much done in the Oval Office. If both of Georgia’s senate races go blue, that would mean they would narrowly win the senate, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris being the tie breaker. If the senate is won, Democrats can have complete control and they would have succeeded in their race for a “blue wave.” But it won’t be an easy road. More people are going to register to vote for both parties and the election will be close. As Jon Ossof and David Perdue fight for their senate seat, and Warnock and Loeffler fight for theirs, they will all be pushing out ads and rallying support for a win. Come the week of January 5th, the mood in Georgia will be very tense. A year ago, almost no one predicted such a close win for Biden in the state, but now Georgia remains the most divided state in the country.