With one week to go until Election Day in Georgië, meer as 2.3 million people have already voted in the state’s twin Jan. 5 Senate runoff elections, with the Republican majority in the Senaat at stake.
Die latest early voting numbers released Tuesday morning by state officials indicate that nearly a third (30.2%) of all registered voters in Georgia have already cast a ballot in the two contests.
Meer as 1.5 million Georgians have cast a ballot through early in-person voting at polling stations that have been open for two weeks. Thursday is the last day for in-person, early voting at polling stations. Afsonderlik, meer as 800,000 voters have cast an absentee ballot.
With one week to go until the runoff elections, the high number of Georgians who have already voted comes close to rivaling the early turnout at this point in the November general election. A record 4.9 million voters in the state cast ballots in the general election.
Tim Phillips, president of the powerful conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity (AFP), told Fox News this month that voters on both sides are energized.
Phillips, who two decades ago steered a successful public affairs and political consulting firm based in Georgia, has been back in the Peach State leading grassroots organizers from his group’s political arm during the runoff campaign.
Voter turnout normally drops in runoff elections, but Phillips said that he believes “the turnout is going to be astronomical … you can feel the electricity. … My gut is this will be historic turnout for a runoff.”
And he predicted that he wouldn’t be “surprised if turnout blows past 4.5 miljoen,” which would be close to the general election turnout.
The balance of power for the next Senate coming out of last month’s elections is 50 Republicans and 48 Demokrate. This means Democrats must win both of Georgia’s runoffs to make it a 50-50 Senaat. If that occurs, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would be the tie-breaking vote, giving her party a razor-thin majority in the chamber.
In Georgia, where state law dictates a runoff if no candidate reaches 50% van die stemming, GOP U. David Perdue narrowly missed avoiding a runoff, wen 49.75% van die stemming. Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff trailed by roughly 87,000 stemme.
In the other race, Republikeinse sen. Kelly Loeffler captured nearly 26% of the vote in a whopping 20-candidate special election to fill the final two years of the term of former GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson. Loeffler was appointed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp after Isakson stepped down due to health reasons. Her opponent in the runoff, Democratic candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock, won nearly 33% of the vote in the special election.
“Oor 2 million have now voted, and that is a pro,” Loeffler said Tuesday in an interview on “Fox and Friends.” “We need Georgians to turn out and vote for David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, like President Trump said, because the future of our country is on the ballot.”
And the senator emphasized that “we’ve invested in a significant operation here to make sure the vote is fair. Ons het 4,000 poll watchers. We’re in the courts right now. We’re going to make sure it’s fair.”
If the Democrats win both races, they would control both the Senate and the House as well as the White House.
Fox News’ Remy Numa contributed to this report.