Brynn Anderson / AP
The second of two races into the Georgia Senate is expected to lead to a run that pushes Democrats hopes for a possible majority in the US Senate back in January.
Incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue holds just under 50% of the vote in the state, closely following Democratic Party challenger Jon Ossoff. After the increase in absentee ballots counted in metropolitan Atlanta and Chatham County, only about 98,000 separate the two.
The AP news agency did not officially call the race a recount. But elections were especially close by in Georgia, with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger saying on Friday that the election between President Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden is heading towards a statewide vote. .
Georgia election law requires a candidate to guarantee more than 50% of the vote. If no candidate is able to do so, then the top two candidates in the race will face off in a foreign election.
“This race is heading to a flow,” Ossoff said at a press conference Friday morning, standing in front of a small crowd.
“We have all the motivation, we have all the energy, we are on the right side of history. Are you ready to work? We’re just getting started,” he said.
The Flow will be staged on January 5 and set the stage for what could be a particularly controversial and costly war to gain control of the Senate. A special election between Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler and Democratic Party member Raphael Warnock for another state Senate seat resulted in an escape that day.
Currently, the Democrats have won a seat in the US Senate. To gain a majority, they would need to have at least two more people, plus control over the White House, which would allow a Democratic vice president to vote favorably in the room. The results of the two elections in North Carolina and Alaska are yet to be finalized, but Senate Republicans believe they have an advantage in those races.
Georgia’s burgeoning Democratic coalition has captured the nation’s attention for several years with Ossoff, 33, a key figure in his party’s effort to turn the state blue.
In 2017, Ossoff set a fundraising record in a special election for a seat on the outskirts of Atlanta House. But the documentary filmmaker suffered a stinging defeat by Republican Karen Handel. The following year, Democrat Lucy McBath won a seat in front of Handel.
Perdue, who was first elected in 2014, has been seen as a key ally of Trump. A former business executive, Perdue was criticized in October when he was accused of deliberately mispronouncing the name of Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, the first black woman and first Asian women appeared on the ticket to attend the major party.
Ossoff has also accused Perdue of running an ad targeting his Jewish heritage by showing him him with a large nose, calling it a “Jewish card game”.
Perdue is a cousin to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. He won his first term in 2014 with less than 8 percentage points.
“One thing we know for sure: Senator David Perdue will be re-elected to the US Senate and Republicans will defend the majority,” Perdue’s campaign said in a statement.
“If it takes extra time when all the votes have been counted, we’re ready and we’ll win,” it said.
The National Republican Senate Committee repeated the Perdue campaign, making fiery remarks calling Ossoff’s candidacy a “liberal, socialist agenda.”
Ellen Foster, Ossoff’s campaign manager, who predicted a recount, also released a statement.
“When a race is called for and held in January, the Georgians will send Jon to the Senate to protect their health care and place the interests of working families and businesses,” Foster wrote. business lobbyists “get ahead of the business lobby.”
“The Georgian people are sick and tired of the chronic failure, incompetence and corruption of Senators Perdue and Donald Trump,” she added.
Scott Fairchild, executive director of the Senate Democracy Campaigns Committee, said in a statement: “Georgia is clearly a purple battleground nation.
“Senator Perdue is a weak, scandalous incumbent who cannot defend his outsourcing record and corruption. We are ready to help Jon topple this Senate chair,” he added. .
Georgia is the only state in the country to have two Senate elections this year, a major driver for Democrats, who are hoping to reclaim a Senate majority from Republicans. This goal is considered by many to be achievable before Election Day, but it is becoming increasingly difficult for the party as some of its most hopeful Democrats have lost to incumbent Republicans. .