On January 5th 2021, Georgia will be in a position to decide the balance of power in the Unites States Senate. Stakes are high in the runoff featuring Democratic contenders Raphael Warnock and John Ossoff, and Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue . As required by state law, none of the candidates polled above the 50 percentage mark, hence a second election. Both Ossoff and Warnock are seen to be the future of the new Democratic majority sweeping over the conservative state. Georgia, traditionally red, then presumed purple, turned shockingly blue in the 2020 nail-biter that saw Joe Biden defeat Donald Trump for the White House.
The current Mitch McConnell-led Republican majority stands at 53 to 47, with the 2020 race split evenly at 48 to 48. Two independents generally caucus with the Democrats. In this election, however, Democrats only managed to flip one seat. The two seats in Georgia therefore are of paramount importance in order for the Democrats to shift the balance of power from minority to majority in their favor. Vice President Kamala Harris would thus be positioned to cast the tie-breaking vote.