January 5th are the Senate runoffs in Georgia which are expected to be very similar to November’s presidential election — with the result delayed for days, or weeks, as near-record numbers of votes are counted.
On November 3rd the results were so close that it took 10 days before television networks projected that Democrat Joe Biden won Georgia. The state didn’t certify his victory for another week, and it was certified twice more, lastly on Dec. 7.
“Almost no chance it’s called on election night,” said Kerwin Swint, a political scientist at Kennesaw State University.
The outcomes are critical to deciding whether the Senate will be split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans — leaving Kamala Harris able to cast tie-breaking votes — or the GOP will stay in command of the Senate.
Kamala Harris will travel to Savannah to campaign on behalf of Ossoff and Warnock on Sunday, while Biden will do the same in Atlanta on Monday.
President Trump’s continuing unfounded claims of voter fraud in Georgia and elsewhere appears to have inspired Perdue to set the stage for post-election challenges.
“No matter what shenanigans they did in November, we know what they were up to, and now we’re watching,” Perdue told a rally on Tuesday. “And we’re going to do everything we can to make this election in January clear, transparent and fair.”
The high stakes are reflected in an early voting turnout that has already reached more than 2.3 million, according to latest numbers from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, including more than 802,000 returned absentee ballots, and more than 1.5 million people voting in-person.
On Tuesday the state hopes counties will have processed all the absentee ballots they receive up to Jan. 5, so that all they need to process on Election Day will be what arrives that day before 7 p.m.