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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

All Eyes & Minds on Georgia: You Can Help

In the Georgia Presidential election, Joe Biden got 49.5% of the vote; Trump got 49.3%; and Libertarian candidate Jo Jorgensen, the remaining 1.2%.

In the Georgia Special Senate race, Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler received 25.9% of the vote; Republican Doug Collins, 20%; and Democrat Raphael Warnock, 32%; with the remaining percentages divided among 17 other candidates. This was a special election due to the resignation of Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson in December 2019; Gov Brian Kemp appointed Loeffler to replace him, and there was no primary. 

In the Georgia general election, Republican incumbent Sen. David Perdue received 49.7% of the vote while Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff got 47.9%, and Libertarian Shane Hazel, the remaining 2.3%.

Under Georgia law, if no candidate received a majority of the vote on November 3, a run-off between the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, must take place. The run-off will be on January 5, 2021, pitting Warnock against Loeffler and Ossoff against Perdue.

If Warnock and Ossoff prevail, the US Senate would be 50% Democrat and 50% Republican, and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would be the tie-breaker vote, when needed. This would make a huge difference in President-elect Joe Biden’s choices for his cabinet and in the federal judges he is able to appoint: Approval of cabinet officials and federal judges are among the Senate’s exclusive powers. 

A Senate Republican majority would also hamper Biden’s and other Democratic lawmakers’ ability to pass meaningful legislation that could begin to address the crises this country faces. The Senate of the past four years has already been criticized for its inaction, other than passing tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations and appointing a raft of conservative judges, including, of course, Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court. 

So while we Democrats across the nation are breathing a sigh of relief, we need to remember we have one last mile to run in this marathon. Let's run through the tape, together. Let's continue doing our civic duty and help Georgia get out the vote for the all-important Senate runoffs, just as we helped Georgia, Nevada, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin get out the vote for Biden. 

Please help however you can. Visit Ossoff’s website: https://electjon.com/ and Warnock’s: https://warnockforgeorgia.com/

You can make a difference!