WASHINGTON (AP) – Control of the Senate likely won’t be decided until the January flow in Georgia, even after Democrat Joe Biden won the White House on Saturday.
That post-election hook will determine the balance of power in Washington, as neither side appears to have a majority in the Senate right now.
So far, the votes for the Senate are followed by 48 Republicans and 48 Democrats after Tuesday’s election. The two Georgia seats will be exhausted by January 5. The seats in North Carolina and Alaska are still too early to call.
Stakes are very high for an important political struggle in Georgia under President Donald Trump the last days in the office. The state is deeply divided, with Democrats favoring Republicans, driven by a large pool of new voters. But no Democrats have been elected senators for about 20 years. One strategist said he could spend up to $ 500 million on two races.
“Now we take Georgia, and then we change America,”; Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer told a crowd celebrating Biden’s victory on Saturday in Brooklyn streets.
With a Democratic majority in the Senate, whichever party controls the House of Representatives will wield power in Washington. Biden will have an edge over the nominees, including to his Cabinet, and have the opportunity to push major parts of its legislative agenda through Congress. If Democrats fail, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, could use his power to test Biden’s ambitions.
“The Senate is the last line of defense,” the National Republican Senate Committee tweeted shortly after the presidential race was called for for Biden. It is a fundraising call.
Republicans have worked hard to retain their majority, but even if they secure the last two races where the votes are still being counted in North Carolina and Alaska, they will still lack the required 51 seats. .
In North Carolina, Sen. Thom Tillis is trying to counter Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham in a tight race it’s too early to call. Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan is backing another term against Al Gross, an independent Democrat running for the campaign.
The political problem for Republicans is that the vice-chairman of the party that is in power in the White House votes discord in the Senate. The following year will be Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. That means 50 seats for Democrats will lead to control in the room. But Republicans will need 51 seats to consolidate their power.
That will set Georgia’s central stage, as many expected imminent.
Both of the Senate seats in the state are currently held by Republican incumbents. They were forced to take part in the January runoff competitions after no candidate had reached the 50% threshold needed to completely win the multi-candidate races.
Senator GOP. Kelly Loeffler will have to face Rafael Warnock, a Black pastor from the church where Father Martin Luther King, Jr. was born. And Republican Senator David Perdue, a top Trump ally, will face off Democrat challenger Jon Ossoff.
“Now more than ever, we NEED to keep the Senate in Republican hands,” Loeffler tweeted. She said on Saturday that she and Perdue were “the last line of defense against the extreme left.”
Ossoff’s campaign aired a new ad, detailing the “path to recovery” from the coronavirus pandemic and its economic consequences. He called for the advice of medical experts to deal with the virus and a massive infrastructure plan to create jobs.
“We need leaders who bring us together to get this done,” Ossoff said in the ad.
Biden was a mother in the Senate balance waiting for the results of his own election, but he offered to preview Tuesday’s election.
“I cannot tell you how important it is for us to overthrow the US Senate. No state had had more consequences than Georgia in that war, ”Biden declared at a rally in Atlanta on October 27, when he campaigned with Ossoff and Warnock.
Republicans agree. “It’s all going on in Georgia,” said Steven Law, the president of the Senate Leadership Fund, ”the outside group affiliated with McConnell has spent a lot of efforts to keep control of the Senate.
House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has reminded her colleagues of the entire party stakes in the sprint ahead.
“The way we conduct it over the next two months will affect how we do it in Georgia,” Pelosi told House Democrats, according to an anonymous person to discuss the private call. She reminded her colleagues to “respect”.