Why We Won’t Know Senate Race Results Until 2021

Why We Won't Know Senate Race Results Until 2021

(HorizonPost.com) – Democrats and Republicans remain deadlocked for control of the senate as 2020 comes to a close. While each experienced noteworthy wins and losses on November 3, neither side managed to lock down the majority required to secure a full win. This leaves the two parties in a tie that won’t resolve until shortly into the new year.

It all comes down to Georgia’s senatorial race. GOP incumbent David Perdue managed to secure 49.8% of the vote on election night; Democrat Jon Ossoff locked down 47.9%. In a parallel race, incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler secured 25.9% to Democrat challenger Rev. Raphael Warnock’s 32.9%.

Here’s why that matters.

In the tighter of the two races, that tiny <2% difference is incredibly impactful. According to the Peach State’s election guidelines, leaders must secure at least 50% of the vote to win. Neither side achieved this goal, forcing the state into a runoff election rematch ending on January 5, 2021.

Results of this final race for the Senate couldn’t be more critical. President Trump drew attention to this fact during an early December visit:

Ultimately, control of the Senate grants the winning party a significant amount of power for implementing legislative agendas. If the GOP retains control, as they have for nearly two decades now, it’ll be much easier for President Trump to implement new policies. A loss, on the other hand, could result in headaches and roadblocks instead.

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