All Eyes on Turnout in the Georgia Special Elections

In nine days, Americans will learn whether or not Georgia residents voted to keep Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in Congress. Both conservative senators are in dead heat against Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, the two liberals who are working day and night to win Senate seats.

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Polls have already shown that both Senate runoff races are going to be considerably tight. They’ve also confirmed that the wins are unlikely to be split between parties. This means the most likely outcome is for Republicans to either win or lose both seats; a scenario where one Republican wins and one Democrat wins is improbable.
Ultimately, however, turnout is the most impactful element in these Georgia special elections, especially with early voting underway, confirms Newsmax.

The Turnout Factor in Georgia

Turnout is as critical for Perdue and Loeffler as it is for Ossoff and Warnock. In the general election, Perdue picked up significantly more votes than Ossoff; however, due to Libertarian Shane Hazel’s presence in the race, Perdue arrived just shy of a majority vote, hence his current runoff.
In Loeffler’s general election race, the GOP vote was split by fellow Georgia Republican Doug Collins. However, since Loeffler ultimately won more votes than Collins (and Warnock did not win a majority vote), she and Warnock landed in their current runoff.


Collins has since backed Loeffler and Perdue extensively, calling for Georgians to get and vote for the pair. He’s also urged Republicans who are disillusioned with the 2020 presidential election that not voting in the runoffs is as good as giving Democrats the Senate.
Ossoff and Warnock’s joint campaigning is believed to have significantly benefited their campaigns. However, political analysts have also warned that Warnock’s past history of inflammatory rhetoric could taint Ossoff as well.
Democrats are similarly struggling with early votes in rural and small urban communities. Furthermore, political data has shown that Democrats are likelier than Republicans to participate in early voting.

Four More Days Left for Early Voting

Early voting in Georgia will last until December 31. After this point, Georgians who have not yet voted will be able to do so on January 5.


Between now and the 5th, the fight continues. Loeffler and Perdue are working hard to get out the vote and let Georgians know why re-electing them is the right call. Meanwhile, the pair of Democrats running remain committed to doing all that’s possible to block the re-elections of both Georgia senators.
Big names and political PACs on both sides of the aisle have thrown support and funding behind the candidates of their party.
Do you think Georgians will turn out and keep the Senate under the Republican Party’s control? Let us know in the comments section below.

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