The voters of Georgia go to the polls this Tuesday to decide whether to give a seat in the Senate to a pastor or a former star of American football, in elections in which the president of USA, Joe Biden, a lot is at stake. Outgoing Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock opposes a candidate promoted by former Republican President Donald Trump (2017-2021), former athlete Herschel Walker.
Is Second round in that southeastern state of USAwhich is celebrated because neither of them reached more than 50% of the votes in the first one, closes the mid-term legislatures.
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And the election there is close.
The few published polls show these two African-American candidates measuring themselves side by side and the final results can take days to be known.
This election is “really essential,” the president said Monday Bidenwho asked the voters of Georgia to flock to the polls, which open at 07:00 (12:00 GMT).
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The balance of power in the US Congress does not depend on this seat, since the Democrats have already gained control of the Senate, while the Republicans now dominate the (lower) House of Representatives.
But the outcome of the vote in this state with a large African-American population is decisive for the rest of Joe Biden’s term.
400 million dollars
The Republicans see in this Senate seat the opportunity to accentuate their power to block the policies of the Democratic ruler.
With 700 days to go before the next presidential election, the opposition is also hoping to put obstacles in the way of Joe Biden, who did much better than expected in last November’s legislative elections.
For Democrats, a victory would consolidate Biden’s party’s slim majority in the Senate and allow him more influence on key congressional committees.
It would also severely limit the influence of a moderate Democratic senator who has buried several major Biden administration projects.
To put all the cards on the table, the Democrats turned to heavyweights, such as former President Barack Obama (2009-2017), possibly one of the most charismatic figures in the party, who campaigned in the city of Atlanta last week.
It also shows the importance and interest of this duel that almost 400 million dollars were spent on these elections.
Some 1.9 million people, out of seven million registered, have already voted in advance. For now, pro-Democratic participation seems to prevail, but the republican electorate could mobilize on Tuesday, so it is difficult to predict the outcome.
Though usually a Republican stronghold, Georgia surprised by picking Joe Biden over Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. And two months later it picked two Democrats for the Senate.
Today this border state with Florida is once again the object of desire. This time also highlights the atypical profile of the candidates.
With several sports records to his credit, Republican Herschel Walker, considered one of the best players in the history of American college football, just entered politics at the age of 60. He now aims to wrest the job from Raphael Warnock, who before becoming a senator pastored the Baptist church in Atlanta where the late African-American civil rights leader Martin Luther King preached.
But the pro-Trump anti-abortion candidate’s campaign has been marred by several scandals. Among them, he is accused of having financed the abortions of several of his ex-partners.
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