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Tuesday's Georgia Runoff Elections Will Determine Control of the Senate - Latest Polls

Updated: Jan 5, 2021

What's Happening:

  • On Tuesday, Georgia voters will determine the balance of power in the Senate with the state's runoff elections.

  • Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock face Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.

  • The latest polls from FiveThirtyEight conducted from Jan 2-4 give the Democrats a slight edge with Warnock leading Loeffler 51-47% and Ossoff leading Purdue 51-47%.

  • Over three million people voted early in the runoff elections and have already cast their ballots (that's over a third of Georgia's registered voters). The high number of early voters slightly favors the Democrats but the GOP expects that an enormous election day turnout of 800,000+ votes will make up the difference.

  • Both President Trump and President-Elect Biden were in Georgia campaigning Monday night. Trump told voters that they must "swarm" the election booths and downplayed concerns about election fraud. Meanwhile, Biden told voters that if the Democrats were to secure the Senate, the $2000 stimulus checks would be sent out to struggling Americans right away.

  • Trump's campaigning comes just one day after a phone call recording between himself and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was made public in which Trump asks Raffensperger to "find" enough votes for him to win the state.

  • 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 the Republicans leaving Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris to be the deciding vote and thereby giving Democrats control of the Senate.

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