Early Numbers For Georgia Senate Runoff Elections
With only a few days to go before the Jan. 5th runoffs for the two Georgia Senate seats, the early voting numbers released on Thursday show that more than a third of all registered voters in Georgia (2.8 million people or 36.4%) have already cast a ballot in the election.
These closely contested races are under tremendous scrutiny as they will determine control of the Senate. If Republicans win at least 1 of the 2 seats, they will maintain control of the Senate. If Democrats win both of the seats, they will be tied 50-50 with Republicans leaving Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris to be the deciding vote and thereby giving Democrats control of the Senate.
The huge turnout for early voting is leaving Democrats optimistic that they may be able to win both seats as early voting tends to lean slightly Democratic. Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock face Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in the runoff elections.
The GOP agrees that the early numbers slightly favor the Democrats but expect that an enormous election day turnout of 800,000+ votes will make up the difference. The Republican Party is spending a tremendous amount on the airwaves to ensure that effort.
Both President Trump and President-Elect Biden will also be campaigning in Georgia on the eve of the election to try and boost voter turnout.
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