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The vote in Georgia that will define the future of the U.S. Senate has begun. Although the elections will officially be held on January 5th, early voting has already started in person.
Although some in-person polling places have already opened their doors, absentee voting applications already represent 67% of the total applications registered in Georgia’s November election.
According to The Wall Street Journal, 1.2 million voters have already requested absentee ballots for this runoff, and more than 200,000 of them have returned their ballots.
This December 15th, it was announced that Joe Biden will travel to Atlanta to campaign for Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.
On December 6th, Donald Trump also traveled to Georgia as part of this campaign that has been described as one of the most important in the history of the country.
The Georgia Republican Party is encouraging its supporters to vote either absentee or in person, said David Shafer, state party chairman. The wish is to get everyone out to vote to prevent the Democrats from winning the majority in the U.S. Senate; the race is now on to make voters feel confident in these elections that will set the definitive course for the country.
On Thursday, at a rally in Augusta, Georgia, Vice President Mike Pence said, “I know we all have doubts about the latest election, but I have actually heard some people here in the Peach State say, ‘Just don’t vote. My fellow citizens, if you don’t vote, they win.”
Republican Senator David Perdue, who is running for re-election, has been very forthright in stating that if he and Loeffler lose, the Democrats “will have the power of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives. They will do whatever they want.”
All for Georgia
The Democrats maintained their majority in the House and the Republicans must win at least one of Georgia’s seats for a majority in the Senate.
The importance lies in the fact that the Democrats are pinning their hopes on Georgia to define the role they will play in the Senate. The race for that state is the Republicans’ last chance to curb and control the initiatives of the radical left.
In fact, if the Democrats succeed in winning Georgia’s Senate seats, regulations such as gun control could become a reality, especially if Kamala Harris were to break a tie in the Senate as vice presidents are able to do.
Republicans have controlled the upper house for the past two cycles, limiting Barack Obama’s agenda and pushing ahead Donald Trump’s. These elections will therefore determine the ability of the next president of the United States to carry forth his agenda.
The Senate is composed of 100 Senators, 50 seats already belong to the Republicans while 48 are in the hands of the Democrats (counting two Independents who caucus with them); Georgia will define, therefore, if the Republicans will indeed have a majority or if the issue will remain tied at 50-50.
The U.S. Constitution states that the person who is the vice president of the country also serves as the president pro temp of the Senate, so he or she would have the vote that would break any tie in legislative votes. If Biden won, the most radical leftist of all, Senator Kamala Harris, would have the power to break any tie.
According to Florida Senator Rick Scott, for the Democrats to gain control of the Senate would mean implementing policies such as stacking the Supreme Court, eliminating private healthcare options, defunding law enforcement and the Green New Deal.
“The Democrats believe this is their chance. If they can win the Senate, then all bad things can happen,” concluded Scott.