A day before the crucial Senate runoff in Georgia, both President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden held dualling rallies on Monday; and urged their voters to turn out in great numbers on election day. Trump and Biden maintained that these two Senate seats would decide the fate of the country.
Political experts and politicians in the country see this runoff as an ultimate decider of who controls the upper chamber of the US congress. The democrats already hold a majority in the House of Representatives but are now eyeing to bag a majority in the senate as well. Meanwhile, as many as three million residents, which accounts for almost forty-five percent of the state’s total population, have already cast their ballot amidst the pandemic.
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The Democrats, Reverend Raphael Warnock and on Ossoff, are trying to hold off the incumbent Republicans in Georgia – Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. As none of the candidates managed to get more than 50 percent of the vote, the election officials are holding runoffs under the state’s election laws.
Currently, Republicans hold a total of fifty-two seats, and if the Democratic candidates bag the victory, the upper chamber would be evenly split, setting the road for Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris’s tie-breaking vote. Political experts have suggested that a Democrat win in the election would also be crucial for the incoming president to push his ambitious agenda, including key reforms in health care, environment, and systematic racism – problems with strong opposition from the Republican lawmakers.
Besides, Congress also has the power to approve or reject the President-elect’s critical cabinet nominations. A likely win for the Democrats would likely put both chambers of the Congress under the party, for the first time since the former President Barrack Obama’s first tenure.
While addressing a rally in Atlanta, Joe Biden aimed the incumbent for complaining over the November election results rather than conceding to the Democrat’s victory. He further told the Democratic supporters in the are to turn out in big numbers and said, “Georgia, the whole nation is looking to you. The power is literally in your hands.”
On the other hand, Trump told a rally of his supporters in Dalton that Georgia was the last line of defense against the Democrats. While addressing his enthusiastic supporters, in what may have been his last rally as the US President, he said this is the last chance for the people of Georgia. Also, Trump repeated his unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud.
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