Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Saturday that Democrats will “change America” if they win two runoff elections in Georgia that will determine which party controls the Senate.
“Now we take Georgia, then we change America,” Schumer said at a rally in New York City hours after The Associated Press and other news outlets called the presidential election for Joe Biden.
“Now we take Georgia, then we change the world,” the New York Democrat added.
— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) November 7, 2020
Georgia Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, both Republicans, will face off against Democratic challengers in runoffs scheduled for Jan. 5, 2021, after neither candidate reached the 50 percent threshold required under Georgia law to win their elections outright.
Perdue outpaced his challenger, Jon Ossoff, 49.8 to 47.8 percent. Loeffler came in second in a field of 20 candidates behind Democratic frontrunner Raphael Warnock.
Rep. Doug Collins, another Republican candidate, trailed Loeffler with 20 percent of the vote.
Republicans in that race received 49 percent of the vote, compared to Democrats’ 48 percent share.
Races in North Carolina and Alaska remain unsettled, though the Republican candidates are leading both contests.
Should Perdue and Loeffler both lose — and if Republicans win the races in North Carolina and Alaska — the Senate will be split 50-50.
That means Sen. Kamala Harris as Biden’s vice president would cast the deciding vote in the event of any tie.
Republicans lost incumbents in Arizona and Colorado but picked up a seat held by Alabama Democratic Sen. Doug Jones.
Even if Republicans lose the two Georgia seats, they will have surpassed expectations for the election.
Most polls had Maine Sen. Susan Collins losing to her Democratic challenger, Sara Gideon. Collins ended up winning the race by nearly 10 points.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham also won his race by 10 points, though polls had the contest much closer.
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