Republican Senator David Perdue failed to garner sufficient support from voters in Georgia to secure a second term. Its fate will therefore be decided in a second round, on January 5, according to the New York Times.
Under that state's electoral law, a candidate must obtain more than 50% of the vote to be declared the winner of the race. However, according to the projections of New York Times, David Perdue obtains 49.8% of the vote, against 47.9% for his Democratic opponent.
As Americans anxiously await the end of the ballot counting that will determine who wins in this Republican-leaning state – Donald Trump or Joe Biden, Georgia's weight in the political game is growing. Not only is she decisive in the race for the White House, but she is just as much in the struggle of Republicans and Democrats for control of the Senate.
Besides Georgia, two other states have yet to announce the winners of the senatorial races. While Republicans have a good head start in Alaska, the outcome is still uncertain in North Carolina, where Democrat Cal Cunningham is slightly behind incumbent Senator Thom Tillis.
On Thursday, Democrats made sure to retain their seat in Michigan. Four seats are therefore still at stake, while the two parties are neck and neck, each benefiting for the time being from 48 seats in the upper chamber – the Democrats can count on the support of two independent senators .
In addition to the race between David Perdue and former investigative reporter Jon Ossoff, another Senate seat will be on the line in January 2021, in the second round of a special election.
Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler, who had been chosen to act as interim after the retirement of Johnny Isakson, obtained only 26% of the vote, or 6.9 percentage points behind Democrat Raphael Warnock, thus forcing the holding of a new ballot.
To gain control of the Senate, Democrats must win four seats, or three if Joe Biden becomes President of the United States, with the Vice President playing a leading role in the event of a tie. To remain a majority in the Senate, Republicans cannot lose more than three seats, or two if Trump is not returned to power.
Control of the upper house of Congress is crucial for a party in the event that its presidential candidate is not elected. The senators allow in particular the adoption of laws and the confirmation of judges appointed by the president and his administration.
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