By Dave Andrusko
Control of the United States Senate will be decided January 5th by two run-off elections in Georgia.
After the November 3rd elections, there are 48 Republican senators and 48 Democrat senators. While there are still outstanding ballots to be counted, Republicans are expected to prevail in Alaska and North Carolina, raising their total to 50 senators.
Were Joe Biden to become President, Democrats would have to win both runoffs in the Peach State. With a 50-50 tie, a Vice President Pamela Harris would cast the tie breaking vote as President of the Senate.
National Right to Life’s political action committees will be heavily involved in keeping the Senate under the leadership of pro-life Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
A runoff is called for under Georgia law if no candidate reaches 50%. Pro-life incumbent David Perdue (R), first elected in 2014, received 49.7% of the vote. Sen. Perdue will square off against pro-abortion Democrat Jon Ossoff who garnered 47.9%.
Pro-life Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R) will meet the pro-abortion Democrat, Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, in the second run-off election. Sen. Loeffler was appointed in 2019 to succeed pro-life Sen. Johnny Isakson who retired because of health issues.
This second runoff was no surprise. There were 21 candidates competing, making it very difficult for any single candidate to reach 50%.