DCR Politics: Georgia Senate Runoff elections are January 5,2021.(today!)☕☕☕

Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some major tea and this involves Georgia and the race for the senate.

Voters in Georgia head to the polls to decide a pair of Senate runoffs that will determine whether Democrats or Republicans will control the chamber in Washington. The races pit David Perdue (R), whose Senate term expired Sunday, against Democrat Jon Ossoff; and Senator Kelly Loeffler, a Republican appointed to an unexpired term about a year ago, against Democrat Raphael Warnock.

Today’s Georgia runoff elections could hand Democrats an effective majority in the Senate, providing them somewhat more clout to set a health care agenda plus a little noticed change to legislative rules could help them push forward on ambitious but costly legislation, at least in the House.

Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are seeking to unseat Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, and give their party 50 seats in the Senate, making Vice President elect Kamala D. Harris the tie breaking vote. Polls in Georgia close at 7 p.m., concluding a race that has seen record breaking spending for a nonpresidential election. Both Ossoff and Warnock have said they want to expand health insurance incrementally through broadening the Affordable Care Act and creating a government-backed public option plan for Americans, rather than overhauling the whole system with Medicare for all or something like it.

This election could make it easier for the lower chamber to pass bills related to the coronavirus pandemic and send them over to the Senate, putting pressure on that body to approve them.

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