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The count is not over, but the United States begins a new electoral race with the Senate at stake – Lanza Digital

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Due to Georgia state law, if no candidate reaches 50 percent of the ballot, the top two votes must face off in a special election. This circumstance has occurred in the two races of the State and chance has wanted them to have the power to determine who will control the Senate.

The counting of the votes is not over in the United States, but a new electoral race with control of the Senate at stake has been underway since before the media even proclaimed Joe Biden president.

Due to Georgia state law, if no candidate reaches 50 percent of the ballot, the top two votes must face off in a special election. This circumstance has occurred in the two races of the State and chance has wanted them to have the power to determine who will control the Senate.

The winners of the Senate elections in North Carolina and Alaska have yet to be declared, but barring major surprise, Republicans will win both. This would leave the Senate with 50 Republican seats and 48 Democrats.

If the Democrats won the two special elections, they would tie the votes with the Republicans and the special vote of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would give her an advantage in passing legislation.

WHY IS THE SENATE IMPORTANT?

The political system of the United States is a bicameral system, so to pass a large part of the legislation it is necessary that it have a favorable auspice from the House of Representatives and the Senate.

During the last two years of Trump’s presidency, Democrats controlled the House of Representatives, forcing the government to negotiate some of its measures and block others such as the economic stimulus package to fight the pandemic.

In addition, the Senate has special powers such as confirming the Supreme Court justices at the proposal of the president, so if a Supreme Court justice dies or leaves office and the Senate is controlled by Republicans, Biden should agree with at least some senators of this party to approve their candidate.

THE RACE BEGINS

For this reason, the elections that pit Republican senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue against Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossof may be key in the development of Biden’s presidency.

A priori, both Loeffler, who last Tuesday defeated another Republican candidate who chose to represent the party in this second round, and Perdue start as favorites, but the scenario could change.

So far, no media has yet declared the winner at the presidential level because Trump and Biden are separated by less than 10,000 votes, which anticipates that the senatorial race could be equally close.

Therefore, the candidates did not even wait to know who would be the president to begin their fundraising campaigns and even launch their first ads.

Democrat Warnock released a satirical video Wednesday in which he “acknowledged” that he liked puppies and ate pizza with a fork with a message alerting voters to the “lies” and “negative ads against us that are coming.” in this second round.

His party partner Ossoff has called to defeat the “unfortunate senator David Perdue” on January 5 as a claim. Both have received the support of the former mayor of Atlanta and one of the most reputable Democrats nationwide, Stacey Abrams, in this first attempt to encourage Democratic voters to invest in their candidacies.

For their part, Republicans have also tried to mobilize their bases since Thursday. Loeffler began asking for donations that same day in a tweet in which he claimed he was competing with “one of the most radical Democrats in the country.”

Republican senators such as Texan Ted Cruz or Representative for Ohio Tom Cotton have also been involved in the campaign seeking to raise funds in an appeal that has also been echoed by Donald Trump Jr., the son of Donald Trump.

2020 has been a year in which there has been especially invested in senatorial races and this new election will only skyrocket spending.

Warnock, Loeffler and Perdue raised more than $ 20 million (16.8 million euros) as of November 3, while Ossof himself raised more than 30 million (25.2 million euros), according to the organization. specializes in donations to politicians Open Secrets, figures that will increase again on the way to January 5.

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