All eyes are on Georgia as the state conducts its special elections. The races between Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler vs. Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are paramount; they will decide if Republicans hang onto their current majority in the U.S. Senate.
Polls, thus far, show that both GOP incumbent senators are leading their Democrat opponents, even when the margins of undecided voters are included. This week is a huge one; it marks the second week of early voting and political powerhouses like Ivanka Trump and Kamala Harris will be in Georgia today to campaign for the candidates of their party.
Voter turnout in the Georgia special elections is also reaching all-time highs, according to Newsmax.
Voter Turnout in the Georgia Runoff Elections
Reports confirm that over 1.3 million individuals in Georgia have voted in the runoff races that will define the Senate’s majority. Of these early votes, more than 524,000 have voted via absentee ballots, whereas over 811,000 voted in person. The findings furthermore show that mail-in ballot use decreased by 25%, while early voting in person surged by 9%.
16 days from now, we’re going to show the world that we’re a red state.
— Kelly Loeffler (@KLoeffler) December 21, 2020
Thus far, more Democrats have voted early than Republicans; however, this isn’t unusual by any stretch. GOP voters are likelier to vote on Election Day, whereas most Democrats tend to vote early, or as of late, via absentee ballot.
Voting surges in the Georgia runoffs come amid multiple reports of Republicans planning to turn out in droves for the sake of preserving the Senate.
A Path to Victory for Sens. Perdue and Loeffler
During the general election, Perdue received tens of thousands more votes than his Democrat opponent, Jon Ossoff. This, combined with Perdue’s several point lead in the current polls, indicates that a victory is on the horizon for the GOP senator.
— David Perdue (@Perduesenate) December 21, 2020
Meanwhile, when Loeffler ran in the general election, she actually faced two opponents, Republican Doug Collins and Democrat Raphael Warnock. Collins’ involvement in the race naturally split the GOP vote; however, with the race now down to Loeffler vs. Warnock, she too is ahead in the polls.
Political analysts are stating that GOP voters are coming out to back Perdue and Loeffler. This bodes well for both senators, seeing as turnout is what will ultimately send them back to the Senate while defeating both Ossoff and Warnock.
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