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Although he is not giving up the legal battle for the elections, President Donald Trump will redouble his efforts to achieve a Republican victory in Georgia, taking into account that the results of the elections for the Senate could change the future of the country.
The U.S. election cycle was extended into 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.
Trump announced this Thursday, November 26, that he will visit Georgia to campaign for candidates Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.
“Speaking of Georgia, let’s go there. I talked to the two great senators today. I’ll probably go on Saturday,” Trump said. He added that he hopes to do some kind of campaigning activity.
For his part, Vice President Mike Pence has stated that a Republican majority in the Senate “could be” the Republicans’ ultimate tool to protect “everything we’ve accomplished.
The fact is that two battles are going on in Georgia at the same time, on the one hand there is the lawsuit for election fraud brought by the Trump administration; and on the other hand there is the election campaign of the Republican candidates who will need to win the seats to achieve a majority in the Senate.
“If they want to get Trump’s supporters excited about voting in the Senate runoff, the candidates must support what the Trump campaign is doing in terms of challenging the election,” Debbie Dooley, national organizer for the Tea Party in Georgia, told AP.
Republican Senator David Perdue, who is running for reelection, has been very outspoken in stating that if he and Loeffler lose, the Democrats “will have the power of the White House, the Senate and the House. They will do whatever they want.
The Democrats maintain 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’ 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 Parliament.
Republicans have controlled the Upper House for the past two cycles, limiting Barack Obama’s agenda but pushing Donald Trump’s. On these elections will depend then the “free” development of the next president of 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 serves as the Vice President of the country also serves as the President of the Senate and therefore would have the vote that would break 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.
It should be remembered that Joe Biden narrowly defeated Trump in Georgia, marking the first time a Democrat had won the southern state since Bill Clinton defeated President Georgie HW Bush in 1992.
Georgia’s candidates: a fight against the left
One of the election 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.
David Perdue led the first round with 2,460,635 votes while Democrat Jon Ossoff won 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, the Democratic candidate, has been described by the Republican National Senate Committee as a “not very serious candidate from the far left,” in fact he received public support from socialist Senator Bernie Sanders.
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%.
Loeffler owns 49% of the stock of the “Atlanta Dream” of the women’s basketball league (WNBA) and is a Republican senator from Georgia; she has accused her opponent Warnock of possessing “a Marxist ideology.
Finally, Raphael Warnock, is a Democratic candidate 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.