So far, incumbent President Donald Trump’s Republicans have a slim majority of 52 of the 100 seats in the Senate. Should the Democrats manage to win the two seats in Georgia, there would be a stalemate in this Chamber of Parliament. Then the elected Vice President Kamala Harris would have the last word in the event of a tie – and the Democrats would effectively have a majority. In the November 3rd election, the Democrats were able to defend their majority in the House of Representatives – the other chamber of parliament. Trump lost the presidential election at the same time to the Democrat Joe Biden. Harris ran for Biden as a runner-up candidate.
The runoff election in Georgia will decide whether not only the White House and the House of Representatives, but also the Senate will be dominated by Democrats. Obama warned on Friday that the outcome of the Georgia runoff election would also have a major impact on the Biden presidency. If Republicans can hold a majority in the Senate, “then they can block almost anything”. The Senate must confirm important personnel decisions by the President. In addition, the approval of both chambers – i.e. the House of Representatives and the Senate – is a prerequisite for the passing of draft laws.
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