On the eve of a key Senate runoff election taking place in the state of Georgia, US President Donald Trump has reiterated unsubstantiated charges of voter fraud. In behalf of two Republican incumbents seeking to ward off a vigorous challenge by Democratic opponents, Trump made the accusations at an election rally in Dalton, Georgia. In Georgia, US President-elect Joe Biden also campaigned. He assured voters that by nominating two Democrats to the Senate, they will set the country’s course for a decade.
President-elect Biden’s odds of getting his policies into Congress would be decided by the special election. The Democrats will quickly hold the White House AND the House of Representatives – but if the Republicans dominate the Senate, they will keep Biden from bringing forward many of his policies.
Here’s the balance of control in the Senate, where 50 of the 100 seats are for Republicans.
The 48 seats are occupied by the Democrats and two political partners. Democrats need to secure both of the seats in Georgia. That would ultimately build a majority of 51, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote in the Senate.
In the polls with the two Republicans – David Perdue & Kelly Loeffler – the two Democratic candidates, Jon Ossoff & Raphael Warnock, are neck and neck.
On this critical vote, DW’s Oliver Sallet reports from Georgia