Washington After his loss in the presidential election, incumbent Donald Trump is fighting to keep the majority of his Republicans in the powerful US Senate. Trump wants to campaign for the re-election of the two Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler at a rally in Valdosta in the US state of Georgia this Saturday evening (7:00 p.m. local time / 1:00 CET).
You will face Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in a runoff on January 5th. The election is of paramount importance because it determines the majority in the powerful US Senate.
In the elections on November 3, the Republicans were able to secure 50 of the 100 seats in the parliamentary chamber. If the Democrats manage to win the two seats in Georgia, there would be a stalemate in the Senate.
Then the elected Vice President Kamala Harris – who is also President of the Senate – would have the last word in the event of a tie. This would give the Democrats of the elected US President Joe Biden a de facto majority. Polls recently saw the two Democratic challengers close ahead in Georgia.
In the House of Representatives – the other chamber of parliament in the US Congress – the Democrats were able to defend their majority. The double runoff election in Georgia will now decide whether not only the White House and the House of Representatives but also the Senate will be controlled by the Democrats in the future.
Obama joins the election campaign
The Senate must confirm important personnel decisions by the President. In addition, the approval of both chambers of parliament is a prerequisite for the adoption of draft laws.
On Friday, the former US President Barack Obama strongly advocated the election of the two Democratic candidates for the Senate. “You need to understand this is not all about Georgia,” Obama said at an online Georgia Democratic event.
“This is about America and this is about the world.” Obama warned that the outcome of the runoff elections will have a major impact on the Biden presidency. If the Republicans can hold their majority in the Senate, “then they can block almost anything”.
Trump has rarely appeared in public since the November 3rd election. The Georgia event is his first rally since the defeat. Trump claims he was killed by election fraud on a grand scale.
On Tuesday, Justice Secretary William Barr said there was no evidence of fraud to the extent that it would change the outcome of the election. Lawsuits from Trump’s lawyers in six contested states have so far not been successful. Biden is due to be sworn in as the new US President on January 20th.
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