The Georgia Senate Runoff Races Are Too Wild to Call

While Donald Trump continues lawlessly to overturn Joe Biden’s valid victory in Georgia, the Democrats must run three campaigns this week for the two seats of the U.S. Senate in Georgia. Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff are of course in the runoff election after November against GOP Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. But the third campaign was carried out by hundreds, maybe thousands, of Democratic leaders and activists, and it could be the most important of all: preventing the GOP from suppressing, disqualifying, and preventing Democratic voters from voting in the January 5 runoff.

These activists play Whac-a-Mole with hundreds of Republican antagonists of the Texas-based voter suppression group True the Vote, which sought to invalidate more than 364,000 registered voters. to local electoral officials in at least 80 of the state’s 159 counties Trump and his legal gremlins, who are bringing unsubstantiated lawsuits and making false claims of widespread electoral fraud allegedly turned over to President-elect Biden, seek to restrict choices or investigate voters to the point of harassment.

Thanks to the work of Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight constituencies and tireless lawyers, most judges and district officials have overcome these challenges almost as quickly as Republicans can table them. In a great irony, GOP Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, devastated by Trump for confirming Biden’s victory, ordered an unprecedented audit by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation into the processing of postal ballot papers in the formerly Republican, now Democratic Cobb County. When examining whether the signatures for postal ballot papers matched the voter registration records, the GBI found no evidence of election fraud in more than 15,000 ballot papers. There were 10 with problematic signatures, but the agents found that all voters were registered, eligible, and made honest mistakes.

That’s the kind of thing that makes me angry about fake news about fraud, “says Atlanta Rep. Bee Nguyen,” because what is lost is how many voters are disenfranchised by this process. “

Even so, Georgia broke records for early voting and turnout in this historic runoff election. Every indicator points to a record democratic turnout for a runoff election: at least 114,000 new voters, mostly in blue counties, have emerged, although this was not the case in November. Most are colored people, 40 percent are black. The black vote overall precedes the vote that was held at the same time during the early parliamentary elections in November. Overall, Democratic counties and congressional districts outperform Republicans, often many times over.

In the end, Georgia got more than three million votes ahead of election day (postal votes are still being received, meaning the total early votes will be higher). The highest turnout was 2.1 million voters for a runoff election in the Senate won by the GOP in 2008.

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