The day after the Electoral College confirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, he will travel to Georgia on Tuesday to campaign for two Democratic candidates for the US Senate whose January 5 elections could make or break his political agenda. internal.
Shortly before Biden’s trip, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in Congress, ended his silence on the November 3 election results by congratulating Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
McConnell acknowledged victory after six weeks of President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of election fraud. Trump has yet to concede to Biden, and many Republicans in Congress have refused to acknowledge the victory of Biden, a Democrat.
Biden’s close victory in Georgia underscored the transformation of the southern state from Republican stronghold in one of the most competitive political battlefields in the country. This was illustrated once again by state election data showing 168,000 people voted in person early on a rainy day on Monday, compared to 136,000 on October 12, the first day of in-person voting for the presidential election.
Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler face Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock respectively in twin contests that will determine which party will control the United States Senate when Biden takes office on January 20.
If the Republicans win one of the two races, they would retain power in the Senate, allowing them to thwart many of Biden’s ambitious legislative goals on issues like the coronavirus pandemic, the economy and climate change. A democratic turn would give Biden’s party control of the White House and both Houses of Congress. Democrats already hold a majority in the House of Representatives.
Biden makes his trip to Atlanta nine days after Trump traveled to Georgia in support of Perdue and Loeffler.
Trump campaign spokesperson Jim Murtaugh said in a statement that Warnock and Ossoff “represent the leftmost fringe” of the Democratic Party and that Biden campaigned for them showed that he was under the influence of that wing of the party.
As in November, many voters are expected to vote by post due to the pandemic. So far, more than 1.2 million residents have applied for absentee ballots, and more than 260,000 have already submitted them, according to the University of Florida’s US Elections Project.
Biden’s victory raised Democrats’ hopes of winning both seats, coupled with aggressive efforts to register voters and demographic shifts that have alienated the electorate from Republicans.
Perdue ran ahead of Trump in the November election, however, finishing ahead of Ossoff but just below the 50% required to avoid a ballot under state law. A third-party candidate received about 2% of the votes.
The other breed had a large field of candidates in November due to its special election status because Loeffler was named in his post to fill a vacancy. Warnock and Loeffler closed in the top two positions, each well below 50%.
Hundreds of millions of dollars poured into the state from both political parties and a number of external political groups.
Both sides face turnout challenges in the midst of the pandemic and without the polarizing Trump at the top of the ballot to win votes from his deeply loyal supporters and even detractors with deep animosity towards him.
Some Georgia Republicans have expressed concern that Trump’s repeated insistence, without evidence, that the November results were fraudulent, could reduce voter turnout among his staunchest supporters.
Biden secured the presidency on Monday after the constituency formalized his victory. Under US law, the president is not elected by a majority of the popular vote but by Electoral College, which assigns electoral votes to each state’s winner based on congressional representation.