A day after the Electoral College confirmed the victory of President-elect Joe Biden, he is scheduled to travel to Georgia on Tuesday to campaign for two U.S. Democratic Senate candidates whose January 5 preliminary election could make or break his agenda. domestic policy.
Just before Biden’s trip, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in Congress, ended his silence on the November 3 election results by congratulating Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
McConnell acknowledged their victory after six weeks of President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims of electoral fraud. Trump has not yet given in to Biden, and many Republicans in Congress have refused to acknowledge victory for Biden, a Democrat.
Biden’s limited gain in Georgia underscored the transformation of the southern state of Republican fortress to one of the most competitive political battlefields in the country. This was again illustrated in state election data showing that 168,000 people voted early in person on a rainy Monday, compared to 136,000 on October 12, the first day of personal voting for the presidential election.
Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler face Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, respectively, in the twin races that will determine which party will control US Senate when Biden takes office on January 20th.
If Republicans win any of the contests, they would retain power in the Senate, allowing them to counter many of Biden’s ambitious legislative goals on issues such as the coronavirus pandemic, the economy and climate change. A democratic sweep would give the Biden party control of the White House and both houses of Congress. Democrats already have a majority in the House of Representatives.
Biden makes his trip to Atlanta nine days after Trump traveled to Georgia in support of Perdue and Loeffler.
Trump campaign spokesman Jim Murtaugh said in a statement that Warnock and Ossoff “represent the leftmost edge.” The Democratic Party and that Biden campaigning for them showed that he was under the influence of that party wing.
As in November, many voters are expected to vote by mail due to the pandemic. To date, more than 1.2 million residents have applied for absentee ballots and more than 260,000 have already sent them, according to the US Electoral Project at the University of Florida.
Biden’s gain has boosted Democratic hopes of winning both seats, along with aggressive voter registration efforts and changing demographics that have alienated the electorate from Republicans.
Perdue ran in front of Trump in the November election, however, finishing ahead of Ossoff, but only shy of the 50% needed to avoid a second under state law. A third candidate received about 2% of the vote.
The other race had a large number of candidates in November due to its special election status, as Loeffler was appointed to her seat to fill a vacancy. Warnock and Loeffler finished in the top two, each with well over 50%.
Hundreds of millions of dollars have been poured into the state from both political parties and a number of foreign political groups.
Both sides face challenges of participation in the midst of the pandemic and without the polarizer Trump at the top of the polls casting votes from his loyal supporters and also from detractors with a deep animosity towards him.
Some Republicans in Georgia have expressed concern about Trump’s repeated insistence, without evidence, that the November results were fraudulent, which could lead to a decline in his presence among his staunchest supporters.
Biden secured the presidency on Monday after the Electoral College made its victory official. According to US law, the president is not elected by a majority of popular votes, but by the Electoral College, which grants electoral votes to the winner of each state based on congressional representation.