Skip to content

Georgia: the battle for the senate that will define America’s future

Leer en Español

[Leer en español]

Next January 5th, Georgia will be a turning point in the history of the United States: it is there that the legislative future of the most powerful country in the world, which today is threatened by leftist groups that want to come to power, will be defined for the next four years.

The U.S. electoral cycle was extended until January due to two battles between four candidates for the U.S. Senate. On November 2, none of them reached the 50% of the votes they needed to win the election.

The importance lies in the fact that the Democrats, who maintain the majority of the House of Representatives, place their hopes in Georgia to define the role they will play in the Senate. The race for that state is an opportunity to curb and control the initiatives of the radical left.

Republicans have controlled the Upper House for the past two cycles, limiting Barack Obama’s agenda but pushing Donald Trump’s. On these elections, the “free” development of the next president of the United States will depend.

An elected president who arrives at the White House without a majority in the Senate is not something that traditionally happens in the United States.

The Senate is composed of 100 people, 50 seats already belong to the Republicans while 48 are in the hands of the Democrats (counting the two independents who always vote with them); Georgia will define, then, if the Republicans will indeed have a majority or if the issue will remain at 50 – 50.

The U.S. Constitution states that the person who is the vice president of the country also serves as the president of the Senate and therefore would have the vote that would end any tie in legislative votes. If Biden won, the most radical leftist Senator, Kamala Harris, would have the power to break any ties.

According to Florida Senator Rick Scott, the Democrats gaining control in the Senate would mean liberal policies such as filling the Supreme Court, eliminating private health care options, withdrawing funds from law enforcement and the Green New Deal.

“The Democrats believe this is their chance. If they can win the Senate, then all the bad things can happen,” Scott said.

Georgia’s candidates: a fight against the left

One of the battles pits David Perdue, who arrived in the Senate in 2015, against 33-year-old Democrat Jon Ossoff, who lost a special election to the House of Representatives in 2017.

Georgia Republican Candidates David Perude and Kelly Loeffler (AFP)

David Perdue: is one of the Republican candidates who will participate in this electoral battle for the Senate. He led the first round with 2,460,635 votes while Democrat Jon Ossoff got 2,373,560.

Perdue, a former Fortune 500 CEO, became a close ally of President Donald Trump after he was elected in 2014.

Jon Ossoff: Already the Republican National Senate Committee has called him a “not very serious candidate from the far left,” in fact he received public support from socialist Senator Bernie Sanders.

On his website, Ossoff said he is “building a movement to organize an all-out attack on corruption in Washington, starting with President Donald Trump and Georgia Senator David Perdue.

According to The New Yorker in 2017, Ossoff has “progressive positions on women’s issues and health care” and “moderate positions on employment and security.

Ossoff supports abortion rights, as well as U.S. participation in the Paris Accord, and does not support the Green New Deal. It supports the “Affordable Care Act” (also known as Obamacare) and does not agree with “Medicare for All.

Trump sent out a tweet the day before the April 19 primary, calling Ossoff a “liberal super-democrat” who wanted to “protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes. For his part, Ossoff dismissed Trump’s claims and called him “uninformed.


The other election battle is between Republican Kelly Loeffler, who replaced Johnny Isakson in the Senate in January 2019, and the controversial African-American pastor Raphael Warnock. Warnock won the first round with 32.9% while Kelly Loeffler, got 26%.

Kelly Loeffler: She owns 49% of the stock in the “Atlanta Dream” of the women’s basketball league (WNBA) and is a Republican senator from Georgia. Loeffler has accused her opponent Warnock of possessing “a Marxist ideology.

Georgia’s Senate candidate, Democrat Rafael Warnock (AFP)

Raphael Warnock: He is one of the Democratic candidates in Georgia with aspirations to reach the United States Senate; the man 25 years ago ended up singing the international socialist anthem, as a feast for the Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders has already publicly stated his support for Warnock. The senatorial hopeful also supports the expansion of the Low Cost Health Care Act.

In an interview for Atlanta Magazine, the candidate spoke of a kind of drug price control: “(…) I would hope to work across the aisle to reduce the cost of prescription drugs through price negotiations, which includes pushing for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to have the power to negotiate lower drug prices”.

Warnock also talked about lobbying the big pharmaceutical companies: “At the federal level, we can push for Congress to reduce the power of special interests, such as the big pharmaceutical companies.

Sabrina Martín Rondon is a Venezuelan journalist. Her source is politics and economics. She is a specialist in corporate communications and is committed to the task of dismantling the supposed benefits of socialism // Sabrina Martín Rondon es periodista venezolana. Su fuente es la política y economía. Es especialista en comunicaciones corporativas y se ha comprometido con la tarea de desmontar las supuestas bondades del socialismo

Leave a Reply