Georgia runoff heats up ahead of early voting

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(NewsNation) – All eyes are on Georgia as early voting is set to begin in a runoff race that will determine the majority of Democrats in the Senate.

A state appeals court ruled that early voting could begin as early as this Saturday. Democrats and Republicans are focused on securing the vote for the race between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker, where a short voting window could suppress turnout.

The second round of elections will take place on December 6, as neither candidate obtained a majority of votes in the midterm elections. In Georgia, a candidate must garner more than half of the votes to secure a victory.

Millions of dollars have been spent on racing in Georgia. A recent Warnock ad showed him walking a dog and likening Walker’s ads to a bag he throws in the trash. Walker posted an ad featuring a college swimmer who played in recent transgender rights concerns.

Democrats should already hold a majority in the Senate, but if Warnock wins, that will give them a 51-seat majority. If they lose, the two parties will split the Senate 50/50, with Vice President Kamala Harris serving as the tiebreaker.

An outright majority would give Democrats a significant advantage. Leader Chuck Schumer would no longer have to share power with Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who used that leverage to thwart Democratic goals like ending the filibuster.

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