Senate election race is as crucial as the presidential election


By Isabela Casimiro, Perspectives Editor

Despite the presidential election being over, the Senate race has not concluded with a political party holding a majority control.

Currently, the Republican party holds a lead in the race with 50 seats and the Democratic party holds only 46 with two independents. The total number of seats for majority control is 51.

The Democrats had hoped to flip the Senate this year and, ultimately, was only able to flip one seat. 

Regardless of that, the Senate election race is not over yet and the race has been put in the hands of Georgians. They will have a final say of who controls the Senate.

In Georgia, there are two Democratic candidates, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, running against incumbent Republican senators, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.

According to CNBC, President-elect Joe Biden traveled to Georgia Dec. 11 to boost the Democratic campaigns.

There is hope that the Democratic candidates will be elected into office because of the blue shift Georgia had for the presidential election.

Even with the continued efforts of President Trump to undermine the election, Georgia has certified their election results four times and every time resulted in a Biden win.

The Atlanta area flipped from Republican to Democratic during Trump’s presidency and the Atlanta vote changed Georgia’s swing state status. 

Now, back to the Senate election race. If the Democrats were to win both senate races in Georgia, it will not be enough to guarantee a majority rule. However, it will be enough to create a tie with the Republican senators and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be the tie breaker.

When that happens, it will mean that Congress will have a Democratic control for when President-elect Biden takes office.

Democrats will be able to pass their bills and policies in the next four years to help the U.S. rise from the difficult situation we are currently in.