The state of Georgia is preparing to embark on a rare special runoff election at the beginning of 2021 to determine who will represent the state in their two Senate seats in the federal government. These Georgia runoff races between four candidates will likely go down as the two most consequential Senate races in the entire election. The runoff election was announced once it was determined that no candidate running for Senate in Georgia earned the requisite 50% of votes on November 3rd, according to CNBC. The two races will be between the following candidates on January 5th: Republican Sen. David Perdue vs. Democrat challenger, Jon Ossoff, and Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler vs. Democrat Raphael Warnock.
The November 3rd results for the race between Republican incumbent David Perdue and Democrat challenger Jon Ossoff had the following results: Sen. Perdue received 49.7% of the vote (2,462,617) and Jon Ossoff received 47.9% (2,374,519). David Perdue has been in office as a Georgia Senator since 2014, and had served as a business leader for Fortune 500 companies such as Reebok and The Dollar General, according to his campaign website. He is running on a record that demonstrates fiscal conservatism and pro-Veteran action, including VA accountability and introducing “the Purple Heart Preservation Act, which stopped second-hand dealers from profiting off war medals.” Democrat Jon Ossoff is running on his record “as a media executive, investigative journalist, and small business owner.” Ossoff is the head of Insight TWI, a media company which has investigated ISIS war crimes, organized crime, and government corruption. Ossoff is running on a much more progressive platform than Perdue, calling for America to readopt the Paris Climate Accords, a public healthcare option, free higher education, and Red Flag gun laws. According to Newsweek, “Remington Research Group’s poll found incumbent Perdue at 50 percent among likely voters surveyed to Ossoff’s 46 percent, with a 2.6-point margin of error and 3 percent still undecided—nearly matching the results in their tight race just last week.”
The second Senate seat in Georgia is currently occupied by Republican Kelly Loeffler. She will be running against Democrat Raphael Warnock. Loeffler was appointed by Governor Brian Kemp and sworn in January 6, 2020. The seat was originally occupied by Republican Johnny Isakson, who stepped down due to health concerns. This election will determine who will fill the final two years of Isakson’s term. According to Ballotpedia, “Twenty-one candidates were on the special election ballot for U.S. Senate in Georgia on November 3, 2020.” Warnock and Loeffler received 33% and 26% of the votes, respectively. Loeffler has run on a platform in alignment with President Trump: this includes support for the President’s fair trade, pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-wall, and anti-illegal immigration platforms. Loeffler is also on the Veteran’s Affairs Committee “working to ensure that our veterans receive the resources and care they deserve.” Reverend Raphael Warnock is running on a platform similar to most progressive liberals currently running for office on the Democrat ticket. While his campaign website does not specifically incluee anything on Military/Veterans issues, he supports a Medicare Buy-In option, opposes “Washington tax breaks,” opposes “attacks” on Planned Parenthood, supports expanding vote by mail, supports rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, and calls for “responsibly funding police.” Warnock has been accused of a series of damning anti-America positions, most damning of which are defending controversial preacher Jeremiah Wright’s sermon referred to as “God Damn America,” and a sermon of his own where he states, “America, nobody can serve God and the military.”
These are the candidates who are running in Georgia on January 5, 2021 and a snapshot of what the people of Georgia will be voting on. But make no mistake: these two elections have now become the most consequential of the entire election cycle. With these two seats outstanding, the current Republican majority needs to win at least one to maintain control of the country’s most powerful legislative body. The Democrats need to win both races to ensure a 50/50 tie. Projected Vice President-Elect, Kamala Harris, would be the tie breaker. That would be bad news for Veterans, and an absolute triumph for the Democrat party. The direction of the United States will be greatly affected by the results of these races.