January 19th, 2021

Georgia voters head to polls to determine balance of power on tense Capitol Hill


By The Canadian Press on January 5, 2021.

A voter casts his ballot in Georgia's Senate run-off election on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in Atlanta. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Brynn Anderson

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Voters in Georgia have shattered turnout records as they decide who will hold the balance of power on Capitol Hill.

Nearly 3.1 million people have already cast ballots in today’s two Senate run-off elections – about 40 per cent of the state’s registered voters.

Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock appear to be in dead heats with Republican incumbents David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.

Just one Republican win would deny Democrats a key prize: control of the legislative branch, which would clear the path for president-elect Joe Biden’s agenda.

In the national capital, tensions are mounting as supporters of Donald Trump prepare to protest the results of November’s presidential election.

U.S. lawmakers will meet Wednesday to certify those results – a process a number of Republican members of Congress have vowed to oppose.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 5, 2021.

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