Residents of the US state of Georgia will go to the polls on Tuesday for an election that could have significant consequences for future president Joe Biden.
They decide which party will be in charge of the Senate: Biden’s Democrats or current President Donald Trump’s Republicans.
In Georgia, Republican senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are trying to hold on to their seats. If that works, Republicans will have 52 seats out of 100 in the Senate. That means that they can make it quite tricky for Biden in the coming years.
If both seats go to Democratic challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, it will have significant consequences for the Senate’s balance of power. If there is a tie there, the US Vice President has the casting vote. That will soon be the Democrat Kamala Harris.
Georgia was known as a stronghold of Trump’s Republicans. Still, the state narrowly went to Biden in last year’s presidential election. It was also possible to vote on the two Senate seats last year. That election had to be repeated because none of the candidates received more than 50 percent of the vote.
In the run-up to Tuesday’s pivotal ballot box, Trump caused another riot in the state. He allegedly pressured a top official in Georgia, fellow party member Brad Raffensperger, to “find” enough votes to reverse his defeat there.