Runoff Senate elections in Georgia could result in Senate tie

Jack Edner, Staff Writer

Both U.S. Senate races in the state of Georgia appear to be going to result in runoff elections.

A runoff election is when no candidate in a multiparty election gets more than 50 percent of the vote. The top two vote-getters will go to a whole new election in January.

The first Senate race in Georgia saw Republican incumbent David Purdue with 49.9 percent, Democrat Jon Ossoff with 47.8 percent, and Libertarian Shane Hazel with 2.3 percent of the total vote.

In the second Senate race, Democratic opposer Raphael Warnock got 32.8 percent, incumbent Kelly Loeffler got 26 percent, and various others made up the remaining 42 percent of the vote.

If the Democrats were to win both Senate seats, there would be a 50/50 split of the total Senate seats.

If Joe Biden were to win the presidential election, VP Kamala Harris would be the deciding vote in a deadlock, nearly securing Senate and House majority, as well as the presidency.

Some of the major changes this newly Democratic Senate could pass would be drastic towards our country. The Electoral College would likely be abolished, passing the 29th Amendment to the Constitution. The territory of Puerto Rico as well as Washington D.C. would likely become states, likely giving the Democrats a 54/50 majority in the Senate.

But the main policy could be packing the Supreme Court with extra judges. This would be a monumental moment for U.S., as all three branches of government would be controlled by the Democrats.

These scenarios are not a guarantee, but it’s interesting to think of the possibilities if both seats in Georgie were to be flipped.

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