With one week to go until Election Day in Georgia, più di 2.3 million people have already voted in the state’s twin Jan. 5 Elezioni di ballottaggio al Senato, with the Republican majority in the Senato at stake.
Il 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.
Più di 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. Separately, più di 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. Un 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 milioni,” 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 Repubblicani e 48 Democratici. This means Democrats must win both of Georgia’s runoffs to make it a 50-50 Senato. Se ciò accade, Il vicepresidente eletto Kamala Harris sarebbe il voto decisivo, dando alla sua festa una maggioranza sottile come un rasoio nella camera.
In Georgia, dove la legge statale impone un ballottaggio se nessun candidato arriva 50% del voto, GOP You. David Perdue narrowly missed avoiding a runoff, vincente 49.75% del voto. Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff trailed by roughly 87,000 voti.
Nell'altra gara, Sen. Repubblicano. Kelly Loeffler captured nearly 26% del voto in un'enorme elezione speciale di 20 candidati per riempire gli ultimi due anni del mandato dell'ex 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, Il candidato democratico Rev. Raphael Warnock, won nearly 33% of the vote in the special election.
“Al di sopra di 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. We have 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.