The second round of elections in this state will determine which party will control Congress’s upper house.
President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden on Monday speak at campaign events in Georgia, where the second round of elections for two Senate posts will take place on Tuesday, which will determine the balance of power in the upper house of Congress for the next two years.
Trump will attend a rally in Dalton in support of incumbent Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.
Biden will speak in Atlanta in support of their Democratic rivals: Jon Ossoff and Pastor Raphael Warnock.
The second round is being held because none of the four candidates won most in the November 3 election. Georgia is also one of the states where Trump is challenging Biden’s victory, claiming large-scale fraud in the vote.
Representatives of the state’s electoral bodies, including the Republicans, insist that the vote count was accurate. Several courts have dismissed Trump’s claims.
The issue came back into the spotlight on Sunday when the Washington Post published an audio recording of Trump’s conversation with the Georgia Secretary of State. According to the record, the president demanded that the head of the state’s electoral system “find” enough votes to change the election results in that state in his favor.
If both Democrats win Tuesday’s election, the party will win a majority in the Senate: seats will be split evenly. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will get the deciding vote.
If at least one of the Republicans wins, Congress will remain divided: the House of Representatives will be controlled by Democrats, and the Senate – by Republicans.
Biden became the first Democratic presidential candidate to win in Georgia since 1992.
About 5 million people voted in the November state election, 3.6 million of them early. In the second round, just over 3 million voters voted early.
In November, most of those who voted early supported the Democrats, so for Republicans, turnout on Tuesday is key.