On November 8, the Democratic candidate narrowly trailed his Republican opponent, but neither reached 50%.
Democrats and President Joe Biden held their breath after the November midterm elections because there was no republic flood that the polls have predicted.
But while the entire United States is already preparing for the holidays, chopping down trees and decorating homes with lights to end the year, Georgia still has no election respite: this Tuesday, their have an important mission seal the structure of the senate And they could also increase the differences in favor of the ruling party.
Voters of the “Peach State” (Peach State, for the region’s distinctive fruit) they have to vote in the second round It will determine whether Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock can defeat his controversial Republican opponent Herschelle Walker.
On 8 November, Warnock trailed Walker by a few points, but neither reached 50% of the vote, which is why the second round was activated, which would take place this Tuesday.
In the Legislative Assembly elections on 8 November, Democrats were able to regain their majority in the Senate With victories in other states but that doesn’t mean nothing is at stake now, it seems the election euphoria has passed.
Georgia will decide the election If the upper house is evenly divided 50-50, As before, that proved to be a very fine line for President Biden and the Democrats, as they only had Vice President Kamala Harris to cast the tie-breaking vote.
That reality has frustrated progressive activists, who decried how Biden’s first two years hardly a moderate democrat or more conservative The Senate reduced or blocked his legislative priorities on many issues.
Beyond facilitating passage of some legislation on the Democratic agenda, the 51-49 majority would give the White House A seat on judicial appointments, ambassadors, civil servants And other major confirmations for the next two years. Also, he could have more control over House committees.
“That 51st vote is a big difference, and it gives you a little insurance”said Cliff Albright, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, a Georgia-based voting rights group.
Republicans, on the other hand, seek to recover from the blow with a victory in a state that largely didn’t go as well as they expected (they swept the House of Representatives and many of Trump’s favorites lost) and try to reactivate and get back on track for the 2024 presidential election.
Democrats were trying to focus the latter part of the Warnock campaign on Walker’s character and ability to serve. The Republican is a former football player with no political experience.The ultraconservative, who jumped into the electoral fray promoted by former President Donald Trump, like many of the celebrities he campaigned for in previous elections.
Beyond his competence, Walker was surrounded by scandal after he revealed in a book that he suffered from delusions of personality, who beat his ex-wife And, in addition, two ex-girlfriends came forward who denounced that he had paid for the abortion. One of them also said that she has a son with him whom she does not pay. One of the pillars of the Republican campaign was family values and the rejection of abortion.
Walker instead sought to counterattack with top Republican officials campaigning in GeorgiaBiden accused of being unpopularThat it has not been able to straighten out the economy and has unleashed a culture war in the country.
A CNN poll from last weekend showed that Warnock had a slight 4-point edge over WalkeR, well above the margin of error. The poll further revealed that the Democrats’ attacks on Warnock and Walker have worked as 59% say the former footballer is not trustworthy.
Experts believe that participation will be key to maintaining the balance. More than 1.8 million have already voted early, a figure much higher than normal.