WASHINGTON – Alaska Republican Senator Dan Sullivan has won re-election, which means Republicans won at least 50 seats in the 100-seat Senate over the next two years.
Thus, the question of who will control the Senate will be resolved only after the second round of elections in two districts of Georgia in early January.
After a slow tally of votes in the most northwestern state of the United States after the November 3 elections, the media concluded that Sullivan had an undeniable advantage over Al Gross, an orthopedic surgeon who was running as an independent candidate with Democratic support.
According to the vote, the Conservative Sullivan was 20 percentage points ahead of his opponent.
Now that Republicans have won at least half of the Senate seats, all attention has shifted to the second round of elections to be held in Georgia on January 5.
Two incumbent conservative Republican senators, David Purdue and Kelly Lefler, failed to win majorities last week, prompting a runoff.
Purdue is opposed by Democrat John Ossoff, an investigative journalist who lacked a few votes to win the 2017 House of Representatives election, after which he tried to take the Senate seat of Purdue, which he has held since 2015.
Lefleur’s rival, who was appointed to the Senate in early 2020, is Raphael Warnock, a progressive Democrat and senior pastor of the Aven Ezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
In last week’s vote, Warnock came out on top, but was far from the majority. Lefleur finished second. Purdue overtook Ossoff by a narrow margin, but the third candidate received enough votes that neither Purdue nor Ossoff got 50 percent.
Thus, the Democrats managed to retain at least 48 seats after losing one and gaining two in the vote last week.
If the Republicans manage to keep at least one seat in Georgia, they will have a majority in the Senate in the next two years. But if both Ossoff and Warnock win there, then the Republicans and Democrats will split the Senate exactly in half, receiving 50 seats each.
In the event that a vote in the Senate is split equally, the casting vote belongs to the Vice President, in this case Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.