On January 5, 2021, two runoff elections for U.S. Senate were held in the state of Georgia.
One race pitted Republican Sen. David Perdue against Democrat Jon Ossoff, while the other pitted Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler against Democrat Raphael Warnock.
These runoff elections took place because no candidate in either race received more than 50% of the vote on Election Day. Georgia law requires a runoff election when no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote in the general election. Sen. Perdue came close to that mark on Election Day, but fell short, winning 49.73% of the vote.
Control of the U.S. Senate was on the line in these two races. Following the November elections, U.S. Senate Republicans held 50 Senate seats, while Senate Democrats (together with the two independents who caucus with them) held 48. This meant that Senate Republicans needed to win at least one of the two runoffs to retain the Senate majority. Senate Democrats, on the other hand, needed to win both runoffs to create a 50-50 tie; that tie could then be broken by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, giving the Democrats a governing Senate majority. (Harris is currently a U.S. Senator from California, and will resign her post to become vice president. At that time, California Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to appoint Democrat Alex Padilla to fill Sen. Harris’s seat.) Because of the high political stakes, the two Georgia races became the most expensive races in the history of the U.S. Senate. TheHill.com reported that an eye-popping $830 million in political spending has been shelled out in the two races, and that figure will only increase once post-election financial reports are submitted.
Senate Democrats’ hopes were realized on Tuesday, as Ossoff and Warnock eked out narrow victories. Unofficial counts show that Warnock won by less than 2% of the vote, while Ossoff won by less than 1%. These election results gave the Democrats 50 Senate seats. When Vice President-elect Harris casts her anticipated tiebreaking vote, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) will become Senate Majority Leader for the first time in his career, and the Democratic Party will control the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives for the first time since 2011.
Christians and conservatives throughout New York and the country must now prepare for a season of passionate but peaceful advocacy at the federal level to counter the anti-life, anti-family agenda that has been embraced by many elected Democrats.