Biden, Trump to converge on Georgia earlier than pivotal US Senate vote | US Elections 2020 Information
President-elect Joe Biden and President Donald Trump will both visit Georgia on Monday, the day before state voters cast their ballots in dual competitions to determine which party controls the U.S. Senate for the first two years of Biden’s presidency .
The runoff elections between Democrat Jon Ossoff against incumbent Republican David Perdue and Democrat Raphael Warnock against incumbent Republican Kelly Loeffler attracted national attention in the weeks following the November 3 election.
Democrats control 48 seats in the 100-member Senate and Republicans have 50. If either Loeffler or Perdue win their races on Tuesday, Republicans will retain control of the Senate.
Georgia Democratic Senate candidates Raphael Warnock (left) and Jon Ossoff (right) point at a crowd during a campaign rally [File: Brynn Anderson/The Associated Press]Both Democrats – Ossoff, a documentary filmmaker, and Warnock, a senior pastor at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta – must win to give their party 50 seats in the Chamber.
In this case, Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris will cast the casting vote under the US Constitution.
A sweep for Democrats in the races would vastly improve Biden’s chances of getting his legislative agenda passed, as Democrats control the House of Representatives. Losses by Ossoff or Warnock could point to a legal standstill.
“We’re not talking about whether there is any added value to having the President-elect being part of it,” Biden’s new Deputy White House Chief of Staff Jen O’Malley Dillon told The Associated Press on Sunday. “There is.”
Beyond the legislative goals, the Senate’s democratic scrutiny would also help Biden shape the first few years of his presidency, as cabinet candidates and federal judges – including Supreme Court judges – are confirmed by simple majority in the chamber.
Impeachment proceedings are also carried out by the Senate.
“I only want to find 11,780 votes”
Tuesday’s vote will be another step towards the end of a tumultuous election season in which Trump continues to accuse widespread fraud and voting irregularities without evidence.
Trump continued his attempts to reverse the state’s results on Saturday, calling on Republican Secretary of State of Georgia Brad Raffensperger to recalculate the total to bring him the victory.
“I only want to find 11,780 votes, one more than us. Because we won the state, “said Trump Raffensperger in the call, the audio of which was received by US media.
Biden won Georgia by 11,779 votes, the final total as certified by the state.
Loeffler and Perdue have both linked their political fate to Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of election errors. The candidates called on Raffensperger to resign after the parliamentary elections and referred to “mismanagement and lack of transparency” without providing any further evidence.
In the final days of the race, Ossoff, Warnock and Loeffler found themselves in a campaign bolt as Perdue waits in isolation after being exposed to a person infected with the coronavirus.
On Monday, Biden will launch a campaign in Atlanta, the day after Vice President-elect Harris visits the city of Savannah. The president-elect had previously fought in the state on December 15.
US Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are running for their places in the January 5th race [File: Jonathan Ernst/The Associated Press]Biden’s victory in Georgia, a state that had not voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1992, has raised hopes for Warnock and Ossoff in the former Republican stronghold. The state has seen a spate of donations for all four candidates and visits from high profile members of both parties over the past few weeks.
According to tracking firm AdImpact, the races raised a whopping $ 490 million in ad spend.
As with the general election, the early voting has rocked the total number of voters in previous runoffs. So far, more than three million votes have been cast. Such votes tend to favor Democrats, with a larger proportion of Republicans likely to vote on election day.
Both parties have conducted extensive voting campaigns, with the Democrats hoping that greater turnout from the sizeable black population will lead their candidates to victory.
Will be in Georgia by 9:00 p.m. Monday night to gather together two great people, @sendavidperdue & @KLoeffler. READY TO VOTE ON TUESDAY !!!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2021
More than 110,000 voters who did not take part in the parliamentary elections in November have already cast ballots in the runoff election, according to the AP. Biden’s team said their internal analysis shows those votes are very much in favor of the Democrats.
The president-elect’s team has allocated approximately $ 18 million in support of the Democratic challengers, including approximately $ 6 million in helping staff and voter data, and $ 12 million in fundraising for the two campaigns.
“Illegal and Invalid”
Trump, who is supposed to hold a rally in Dalton on Monday evening, has arbitrarily supported Loeffler and Perdue.
On the same day as the call to Raffensperger, he tweeted that the drains on Tuesday were “illegal and invalid”. But shortly thereafter, he urged Republicans to “prepare to vote on Tuesday.”
Trump has made his hopes of dismissing the election results contingent on a final attempt by some Republicans in Congress to object to the certification of electoral college votes in key battlefield states.
At least 12 Republican senators have announced that they will raise the objection. About 140 Republicans in the House of Representatives plan to do the same.
However, it is almost certain that the trick will fail as both chambers would need a majority vote to block certification. The House is currently under Democratic control and several senior Republican Senators have said they will not join their peers in the attempt.
When Loeffler was asked on Sunday whether she would object to the certification of the electoral college votes if she wins the race, she stepped out of the way.
“I said from the start this is all on the table and I’m looking at this seriously,” Loeffler told Fox News. “But my ultimate goal now has to be to win on January 5th, so that we can get to the bottom of what has happened in these elections.”