Georgia voters braved the wintry cold and gathered at polling stations Tuesday to vote in one of the most momentous and costly elections in US history.
The nation’s eyes are on Georgia for two hugely impactful ones Directed runoff elections that determine which party controls the Senate and whether new President-elect Joe Biden will have Congressional control against his left-wing agenda.
More than 3 million voters cast their ballots early while hundreds of thousands of other Georgians were expected and many of them did so in long lines at polling stations at dawn.
GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler will compete in elections against Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock, who will decide whether Biden will be able will be to push through tax increases, the Green New Deal and another overhaul of ObamaCare.
At an election event in Dalton, Georgia, President Trump begged Georgians to cast their ballots, warning that they would be at the mercy of Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., And Senate Minority Chairman Chuck Schumer, D-. NY), who would become majority leader under Democratic Senate control.
« If these two [incumbents] don’t win and we don’t take the presidency, you have a country run by Schumer, Pelosi and Biden, » said Trump.
« The people of Georgia will be at the mercy of left-wing socialists, communists, Marxists, and that’s what it’s about. » They know we don’t like to use the word communist, ”he continued.
If the Democrats win both seats, the panel will be split 50%, which means Vice President Kamala Harris has the casting vote as Senate President.
The lines were long, but on Tuesday they went smoothly, with waiting times of less than a minute, according to Peach State polling officials.
Given the huge turnout and volume of mail-in ballots, which can only be counted after the polls are completed at 7:00 p.m., the races may not be scheduled for days.
The runoffs became the most expensive in US history, with Republican control of the upper chamber in balance.
The four candidates, political parties, super-PACs and external groups generated campaign ads worth $ 486 million in the two-month lead-up to Tuesday’s vote. This is evident from Axios’ analysis of the total expenditure compiled by Ad Impact.
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