The Senate Runoff in Georgia Will Decide the Fate of the U.S. for the Next 4 Years

Stephanie Kenner

The nation’s eyes turned to Georgia as a swing state that turned the tide of the election to favor Biden, but the election isn’t over in Georgia just yet.

While normal people watched the Presidential race, politicians and leaders had their eye on the Senate and House elections—the majority for both would determine the speed of change the country will see in the next four years. For the last four years, Congress was under majority rule by Republicans, which is why some conservative laws could be passed. This could change now that the House has a majority of Democrats, but the Senate is still undecided.

This is why the state of Georgia is at the center of political attention. The House is now majority Democratic, but the Senate is currently leaning Republican with two seats left to be filled. Both senate seats that could be filled come from Georgia. They have not been decided because the vote was too close to call. Both Republican candidates David Purdue and Kelly Loeffler are defending their current seats against the Democratic candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. 

All four campaigns will now fight for these two seats until January 5, when the runoff occurs. If the Democrats can win both seats, the Senate will become split in half; therefore, an important decision would need a tie-breaking vote that vice president-elect Kamala Harris would make. However, if the Republicans maintain those seats, they have the power to stop any legislation they don’t agree with, which could stall any significant changes President-elect Joe Biden could hope to make.