• Natalia Khiev

Georgia Senate Election

After the U.S. Senate election in Georgia on November 3, 2020, a decision was yet to be made between the candidates: Jon Ossoff, representing the Democratic party, and David Perdue, representing the Republican party. The two were found in a position where neither had won the majority vote of 50 percent. Perdue had a total of 49.7 percent of the vote and Ossoff had a total of 47.9 percent. This split election then progressed to a runoff deciding who would ultimately represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate. By January 5, 2021, earlier this month, the votes were finalized announcing that Ossoff won the election. Not only did a Democrat win the regular runoff election, but another Democrat, Raphael Warnock, also won the special runoff election against Republican Kelly Loeffler after the same situation occurred in November. These runoff results secure that “Democrats and Republicans split the chamber 50-50, with the vice president (starting January 20, 2021, Democrat Kamala Harris) having the tie-breaking vote,” therefore giving Democrats control of the U.S. Senate. This comes after President Joe Biden was the first Democratic Presidential Candidate to win the state of Georgia since Bill Clinton in 1992.

Democrat Jon Ossoff is currently 33-years-old, and has strayed a long way from his previous careers as a documentary film producer and investigative journalist, to now a politician elected to be a U.S. Senator representing the state of Georgia. In his journalism years back in 2013, Ossoff has been the CEO of Insight TWI which is “a 30-year-old media production company that produces investigations of corruption, organized crime, and war crimes that are broadcast internationally to a global television audience of hundreds of millions.” So far this company has “exposed sexual slavery of women and girls by ISIS, crooked judges, foreign officials who steal U.S-funded food and medical aid, contract killers, human traffickers, war crimes, and bribery.” The senator hopes for nothing but to put an end to corruption and injustice, which he has dedicated his entire career to. Some examples of what he plans to do are: get higher stimulus payments in response to COVID-19, implement a new Civil Rights Act, and overturn Citizens United vs. FEC.

Republican David Perdue is 71-years-old, and he served as the U.S. senator for Georgia from 2014 to 2021. His previous careers before becoming a politician were working as “president and chief executive officer of Reebok, chairman and chief executive officer of Dollar General, and senior vice president of Asia operations for Sara Lee.” Since the COVID-19 pandemic has been a huge risk factor to the downfall of the American economy, Perdue focused on reopening the economy so that the people of Georgia could support their families. Of course, he also encourages people to protect themselves as well by following safety precautions when returning to jobs and/or going out. Perdue was proud to announce that this had “created the greatest economic turnaround in U.S. history” because “Prior to COVID-19, [they] saw the lowest African-American, Asian-American, and Hispanic unemployment rates ever recorded and the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years.” Some other examples of what the former U.S. senator achieved are: bringing federal COVID-19 relief funds to Georgia, rebuilding the military, and improving medical care for veterans.

To conclude, the year 2021 seems to consist of a Democratic power in politics. Seeing that former Vice President Joe Biden won the presidential election and the state of Georgia elected Senators Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock shows that a majority of the United States are calling for justice. Americans are looking to the Democratic party to create a better future.

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