The Democratic candidates in the Georgia runoff election are projected to win both contests and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s power is in jeopardy. If both Democrats officially win, then McConnell will lose his power after six years in control of the Senate.
McConnell was recently criticized by people on both sides of the political spectrum after he continuously blocked stimulus checks of $2,000 going to most Americans, leaving them with $600. It’s speculated that his decision to not support helping Americans with more funds, while millions went overseas, might have cost some Georgian votes for the Republican candidates.
Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, the Georgian incumbents, are projected to lose to Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff with the counts in progress. CBS projects Warnock victorious, but Ossoff and Perdue race to close to call (at the time this was posted).
A double Democratic victory in the runoff elections will create a tie in the chamber with 50 seats going to Republicans and 50 seats going to Democrats. However, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be permitted to place a tie-breaker vote that will give Democrats the control of the Senate.
That means the Democratic Party will hold both chambers of Congress and the White House. The last time Democrats were in that much power was back in 2011 during former President Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House.
McConnell is speculated to face more criticism in the coming days after the Georgia runoff election.