WASHINGTON – Georgia’s second round of elections on Tuesday will determine who controls the Senate – Republicans or Democrats, and whether President-elect Joe Biden can carry out his agenda.
With stakes so high, Biden and outgoing President Donald Trump held rallies in Georgia on the final day of the campaign.
The future president came to Atlanta, the state’s largest city, to support two Democrats, documentary filmmaker John Ossoff and Baptist preacher Raphael Warnock.
“With their Senate votes, we can make the progress we need with jobs, health care, justice, the environment and more,” Biden said.
Meanwhile, Trump has been campaigning in the upstate Republican enclave of Dalton, campaigning for Senator David Purdue, who opposes Ossoff, and Senator Kelly Lefler, whose opponent is Warnock.
He warned that a Democratic majority in the Senate would give free rein to what he often calls the “extreme left.”
“It will give them the ability to push through whatever crazy leftist laws they want, that they’ve ever dreamed of,” Trump said. – Your religious freedom will no longer exist, your borders and your wonderful new wall will be gone. Your police departments will not exist as they are, and your savings will not exist. “
Early ballots will not be counted until Tuesday, so the official winners are unlikely to be determined on post-election night.
The Senate elections are being closely watched in Washington by Biden’s transition team and his Republican opponents, as their results determine the leverage the future chief of the executive will have in advancing his legislative agenda after he and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are brought to a sworn in at noon on January 20th.
Following a ceremony to swear in lawmakers last Sunday, Republicans have 50 Senate seats and Democrats 48.
A Republican candidate’s victory in one or both constituencies in Georgia will bring the party a majority and the right to determine the Senate agenda, as well as a majority in all Senate legislative committees.
If Warnock and Ossoff win, then the seats in the Senate will be split between Democrats and Republicans exactly in half, and in the event of an equality of votes, Harris will have a decisive vote, including in matters of organizing committees and control over the legislative calendar.
Republican control of the House will complicate Biden’s legislative agenda for the next two years, likely leading to extensive negotiations on issues such as new health benefits, immigration controls and the introduction of climate-related regulations.