The two Senate run-off races in Georgia — which will decide which party controls the upper chamber — is going to come down to the wire.
Georgia Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler and their respective Democrat challengers, Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock, are in a dead heat just weeks before the January 5 election.
According to an RMG Research survey, Ossoff is edging out Perdue by one percent, 48 percent to 47 percent.
Five percent of likely voters remain unsure.
However, Perdue takes the lead among a smaller group of voters who say they will “definitely” vote — 50 percent to Ossoff’s 47 percent.
The other race is very similar.
The survey found that Warnock leads Loeffler by two percent. The slight lead, however, switches to Loeffler’s column among a smaller group of individuals who say they will “definitely” vote.Politico IQ added that “data released earlier showed that, by a 46% to 42% margin, Georgia voters would prefer Republicans to control the U.S. Senate.”
#GAsen Runoffs Poll:
Warnock (D) 48% (+2)
Loeffler (R-inc) 46%
Ossoff (D) 48% (+1)
Perdue (R-inc) 47%
RMG Research (LV, 11/19-11/24)
— Political Polls (@PpollingNumbers) December 4, 2020
At this point, it’s fair to assume that both sides of the political aisle have a hard time trusting polling.
But, the races in Georgia will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.
If Democrats win both races, the Senate will be a 50-50 tie and Vice President Kamala Harris will be the tie-breaking vote for Democrats, meaning they control the Senate.
All Republicans have to do is win one of the two races to keep control of the Senate.
During a highly-anticipated debate on Sunday night with Georgia GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler, Warnock ducked and dodged several times when asked if he supports adding seats to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Court-packing is the fringe idea of Congress passing a bill that would allow for more than 9 seats on the Supreme Court. Democrats have flirted with this idea because they think that they can pack the court with liberals and it will allow them to control it for decades.
Perdue, however, skipped the debate against Ossoff, with his campaign noting that the two have “already had two debates in this election.”
“In each, Ossoff lied repeatedly, and of course the media failed to hold him accountable. He refused to talk about the issues and could not defend his radical socialist agenda. If Ossoff wants to keep lying to Georgians on TV, he will have to use his out-of-state money to pay for it,” Perdue’s campaign stated last month.
Ossoff still showed up, debating an empty podium. When asked what he would have asked his Republican challenger, had he participated in the debate, Ossoff said, “I think what I would ask him is why he continues to oppose $1,200 stimulus checks for the American people at this moment of crisis”:
I had to ask an empty podium a question. pic.twitter.com/wmydtUuPRw
— Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) December 7, 2020
“Why he fought against them in the first place, and why he isn’t in Washington right now championing direct financial relief,” he said before calling the senator a “coward.”
“If the senator were not too much of a coward to debate in public, then that’s what I’d ask him,” he added.
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