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In the US state of Georgia, the last two open Senate seats will be occupied today. The choice will shape the country.

The United States is now staring at the state of Georgia. There the last two seats in the Senate will be occupied. This is a runoff election that not only decides which party will have the majority in the Senate, but also how strongly the future President Joe Biden can implement his political plans at all.

"I have never experienced something like that"

Over three million people voted early, similar to last November. Never before have so many people cast their votes in a runoff election, says a voter in a suburb of Atlanta.

The mood in Georgia shortly before the election was very charged. «I am 34 years old. I have never experienced something like that." Another explains the mood with the fact that the people of Georgia are aware of the scope of the decision: "Our choice has an impact on the whole country."

Multimillionaire against pastor

The candidates from the two parties could not be more different. On the Republican side, incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are running. The two multimillionaires have thrown their previous beliefs overboard and unreservedly support Donald Trump's election fraud claims.

The young documentary filmmaker Jon Ossof and the well-known black pastor Raphael Warnock are running for the Democrats. Both promise one thing above all else: change.

Not only did the Georgia election campaign cost hundreds of millions of dollars, it was also conducted very viciously. Kelly Loeffler has no relation to people who are less rich than herself, according to Warnock. Loeffler countered that that was a lie and Warnock was a «radical».

The race is going to be close

In the polls, both parties are almost on par. So the race should be close. The decisive factor will therefore be which camp can better motivate its own base to go to the polls.

This is easier for the Democrats at the moment. Biden's victory gave many hopes that a surprise could happen in Georgia, says a young Democratic voter in Atlanta.

Unsettled Trump supporters

The situation is more complicated with the Republicans. Many voters are unsettled by Trump's election fraud allegations and are wondering whether they should even go to the polls.

Some Trump voters are also angry because the Republican politicians would not support Trump enough: “I think that all Republican officials should resign. Everyone has to be replaced, ”calls for a Trump supporter. When asked whether she would vote today, she replied that she did not know that yet.

SRF 4 News, TodayMorning of January 5th, 2021, 6:00 a.m.

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  • Comment from Thomas Leu (tleu)
    For checks and balances, it is better if the majorities are not evenly distributed in all powers.
    Agree agree to the comment
    1. answer from Franz Lehmann ((DrFranz))
      Is that how you judged DT at DT? Aha.
      Agree agree to the comment
    2. answer from Michel Koller (Mica)
      I basically agree. Neither party should alone have a majority in both chambers. However, in a two-party system, this means that you can hardly govern properly. If you have many parties, compromises are easier and you govern less radically according to your own line.
      Agree agree to the comment
    3. answer from Maria Müller (Mmueller)
      Well, it's only 2 years (until midterms.) And the "next Trump" (I don't even necessarily think of his son or himself) will come at some point. He will, do not be afraid.
      Agree agree to the comment
    4. answer from Thomas Leu (tleu)
      @ Franz Lehmann: Yes! The presidential party doesn't matter. I'm neither a Trump nor a Biden fan, because as a Swiss I am condemned to be a spectator anyway. Where it leads when all 3 powers are concentrated in one party / person, you can see e.g. in Turkey.
      Agree agree to the comment
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  • Comment from Hans Hegetschweiler (hansicomment)
    The importance of these elections is being exaggerated. If the two Democrats win, then the presidia of the Senate committees will go to the Democrats and it will be a little easier for Biden to fill the judge's posts. Otherwise, however, it is not the case that he then has a free hand, as Roosevelt once did. He has to convince each and every one of the 50 democratic senators of a law (or state treaty), and provide something in return for their constituencies.
    Agree agree to the comment
    1. answer from Max Wyss (Pdfguru)
      The importance of the elections is NOT exaggerated.

      At 50/50, the vice-president's party leader becomes the senate speaker. This position has the power to submit bills from the House of Representatives more or less quickly for discussion and voting.

      The currently incumbent Speaker of the Senate has used (aka abused) this power very heavily. There are templates that he has been blocking by hand for a year.
      Agree agree to the comment
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  • Commentary from Sam Brenner (Sam Brenner)
    Then I'll keep my fingers crossed for the Americans. With a bit of luck, the cart won't go any further into the Banana Republic swamp, into which it has been steering for 4 years.
    Agree agree to the comment
    1. answer from Maria Müller (Mmueller)
      Don't worry: they'll do it. (The 2 Dems.)
      Agree agree to the comment
    2. answer from Albert Planta (Plal)
      Müller: Hope dies last :-)
      Agree agree to the comment
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