In the state of Georgia, southeast of the United States, the two-seat Senate run-off began on Tuesday, a battle that will determine the dominant party in the House and the future of the legislative agenda for President-elect Joe Biden.
The elections gained great importance in light of the division in the country, and broke records in the number of voters who participated in early voting and the size of spending on the election campaign.
Republican Senators David Purdue and Kelly Loeffler are seeking to preserve their seats in the face of their Democratic rivals John Usoff and Raphael Warnock, in an important state that Biden narrowly won in the presidential elections that took place on the third of last November.
What indicates the importance of the race is that both US President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden participated in a rally in the state on Monday to urge his supporters to vote massively in these elections.
When will the results appear?
The polls are due to close at 7 p.m. Tuesday EST (3 a.m. on Wednesday, Mecca time), and early vote counting cannot begin before that date.
And given the early vote density, which exceeded 3 million out of 7 million voters, and expectations of close results among the contenders, it is not expected that the winner will be known by the end of Tuesday.
It may take several days to know the winner if the results are very close in both races.
If one or both of the Republican Senators David Purdue and Kelly Loeffler wins, the Republican Party will retain a simple majority in the House, giving it the right to veto Biden’s ambitions.
If the Democrats win the two seats, the two shoulders will be equal (50 seats for each party in the 100-seat assembly) and the bipartisan vote for elected Vice President Kamala Harris will be equal, according to the constitution.
Democrat John Usoff, a documentary filmmaker, is vying for the Purdue seat, while Reverend Raphael Warnock is vying for the Loeffler seat.
Biden’s victory by a simple majority of the electorate in Georgia last November was the first victory of its kind for a Democratic presidential candidate in a generation. This victory continued the state’s transformation from a Republican stronghold to an open arena for fierce competition.
Trump took advantage of his participation in the Georgia election campaign yesterday to repeat his statement by rigging the presidential elections, especially in that state, and said, “It is impossible that we lost Georgia.”
This came a day after a phone call was leaked to him in which he was pressuring the Georgia state secretary to change the election results, claiming that there were irregularities and fraud in the voting and counting processes.