Original title: Georgia, the final election finals, the Democratic Party wins the Senate and the House of Representatives
(Washington Observation) Georgia, U.S. final election finals, the Democratic Party wins the Senate and the House of Representatives
On the 8th local time, as the two Republican candidates admitted that they lost the election, the Democrats will win two senator seats in the Georgia runoff. This result also marks the first time in the “protracted” 2020 US election. Months later, the Democratic Party finally moved into the White House and controlled both houses of Congress.
Data map: US President-elect Biden.
The two senator seats in Georgia have attracted worldwide attention because they will ultimately determine the “territory” of the Senate. The reason why Georgia’s runoff is “late” is that no candidate got more than half of the votes in the November 2020 general election. Therefore, according to state law, the second round of elections is required to determine two senator seats.
Prior to this runoff, the Republicans in the Senate had 50 seats and the Democrats had 48 seats. Therefore, the Republicans only needed one more seat to lock the majority of 51 seats, while the Democrats had to get all two seats to win 50 seats. For 50 seats, the majority party will be made by a vote of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as the Speaker of the Senate.
On the day before the Georgia runoff vote, the current US President Trump, Vice President Pence, President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris all came to Georgia to canvass for the party’s candidates. According to statistics, the four candidates spent more than 500 million U.S. dollars in this runoff, which is the most in the history of senator elections.
In the end, after several days of counting votes, Democrats Jon Osoff and Rafael Warnock defeated Republican candidates David Perdue and Kelly by a narrow margin of 1 and 2 percentage points, respectively. Lefle successfully allowed the Democratic Party to regain control of both houses of Congress after a lapse of 10 years.
Georgia has been dominated by the Republican Party for many years. In this general election, the presidential election and the senator election were considered “unexpected” by the American media. Among them, Biden’s victory was the first time the Democratic Party has won Georgia since 1992.
The reason is that the New York Times believes that the new crown epidemic has hit the rural areas of Georgia where African-American residents gather, and has affected the election to a certain extent. The number of votes of African-American voters has become a key factor in the victory of the Democratic Party in both the presidential and parliamentary elections. According to the Associated Press analysis, a feature of this election is that the election of congressmen is basically the same as the presidential election. Few people voted for “splitting votes.” The president and congressmen who voted are basically the same party.
On the other hand, the Republican Party’s enthusiasm for voting is significantly lower than that of Democratic voters. Some Republicans believe that it was Trump who frequently stated that “fraud” in the general election affected the enthusiasm of Republican supporters to vote in the run-off, and ultimately caused the Republican Party to lose its majority position in the Senate.
The U.S. Senate consists of two senators from each of the 50 states. In addition to legislative matters, it is also responsible for approving treaties concluded by the federal government and appointments to important executive and judicial positions nominated by the president. It has a significant impact on government governance. The successful promotion of the Democratic Party to the majority party in the Senate will undoubtedly give Biden the green light on his policy agenda.
After two Democrats won seats in the Georgian senator, Biden sent a message to congratulate him and said that the cabinet candidate he nominated urgently needs the Senate’s approval to start work. Biden also said that controlling the epidemic and providing more assistance will be his top priority after taking office.
Although the Democrats became the majority party in the Senate this time, the gap with the Republicans was only Harris’ vote. Experts believe that such a weak advantage will make it difficult for the Biden government to implement more “radical” policies on medical insurance, minimum wages, and climate change. At the same time, such a small gap between the seats of the two parties will not be conducive to party cooperation. The minority parties tend to focus on the midterm election comeback two years later rather than the current issues. In addition, in the House of Representatives, although the Democrats retained their majority party status, their leading position was significantly reduced to 11 seats, which also increased the possibility of the Republican party’s comeback after two years.
CNN quoted analysis that although the Democratic Party had a “big victory” in the general election, it had a “nearly victory” in both houses of the Senate and the House of Representatives. What the Biden administration needs to face is the new crown epidemic, the economic crisis, and “Dividing America” and other “unprecedented challenges”.
According to regulations, Biden will be formally sworn in on the 20th of this month. People will wait and see what answers the White House and the Senate and House of Representatives controlled by the Democratic Party will hand over in the next four years. (Finish)Return to Sohu to see more
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