Control of the Senate hangs in the balance and two runoff elections will determine whether Republicans hold on.
Early polling from Remington Research is showing Republicans with a slight edge heading into the elections.
Republican David Perdue is currently holding a 50% to 46% lead over Democrat Jon Ossoff.
Meanwhile, Republican Kelly Loeffler is polling at 49% to Democrat Raphael Warnock’s 48%.
Republicans are campaigning hard for perdue and Loeffler.
If the Democrats hold the Presidency, House, and the Senate, God knows what damage they could do to the country.
Atlanta Journal Constitution has more on the early polling:
A poll conducted by a Republican-leaning national firm shows neither political party with a clear advantage in the twin January runoffs that are likely to decide control of the U.S. Senate.
The poll showed Kelly Loeffler at 49% of the vote compared to Democrat Raphael Warnock’s 48% showing – within the margin of error of 2.6 percentage points. About 3% were undecided.
In the other race, U.S. Sen. David Perdue had a 50-46 lead over Democrat Jon Ossoff, echoing the results of the November election when the Republican fell just under the majority-vote mark he needed to win outright. About 4% of Georgians were undecided.
It’s the first major publicly-released poll of the dual Jan. 5 runoffs, which are fast heating up. TV ads are already filling the airwaves, candidates are staging rallies, big-name politicians are headed to Georgia and outside groups are preparing to spend gobs of money.
It was conducted by Kansas City-based Remington Research Group between Nov. 8-9 and involved 1,450 likely runoff election voters. The margin of error was 2.6 percentage points.
As Fox News points out, these two seats are vital to the Republicans in order to retain the Senate:
The twin Senate runoff elections in Georgia will decide whether the Republicans keep their Senate majority of if the Democrats control both houses of Congress as well as the White House.
But the showdowns -- which are fast becoming the main event in the campaign world, with both major parties and outside groups getting ready to pour massive amounts of money and resources into the two contests -- are also serving as an early testing ground for potential 2024 GOP White House hopefuls.
“This is the center of the political universe for two months,” veteran Georgia-based Republican consultant Chip Lake told Fox News. “All eyes will be focused on our state.”
The GOP held a 53-47 majority heading into the 2020 elections and faced a challenging electoral map. But the Democrats' hopes of capturing a solid Senate majority in last week’s elections were dashed as Republicans overperformed.
The current balance of power is 48-48. If Republicans -- as expected -- end up holding on to the GOP-controlled seats in Alaska and North Carolina, they’ll have a 50-48 advantage in the Senate. That means the Democrats must win both of Georgia’s runoff elections to make it a 50-50 Senate, in which Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would be the tie-breaking vote, giving her party a razor-thin majority in the chamber.
In Georgia, where state law dictates a runoff if no candidate reaches 50% of the vote, Republican Sen. David Perdue narrowly missed out on avoiding a runoff. He currently stands at 49.75% in the count, with nearly all votes counted. His Democratic challenger, Jon Ossoff, trails by roughly 90,000 votes.
In the other race, appointed Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler -- who captured nearly 26% of the vote in a whopping 20-candidate race -- will face off against Democrat Raphael Warnock, who won nearly 33% of the vote.
High-profile Republicans are quickly sounding the alarm, offering to help in any way, with many -- including those with possible national aspirations in 2024 -- heading to Georgia ahead of the Jan. 5 elections.
The first in appears to be Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who will make a stop in Marietta, Ga., on Wednesday to help both Perdue and Loeffler.
“#Georgia is the firewall against the radical agenda of the far left,” Rubio wrote on Twitter as a he linked to the pro-GOP online fundraising site WinRed.
Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, who’s expected in Georgia at the end of the week, said that “Everyone needs to do what they can to support @KLoeffler and @Perduesenate and make sure we don’t let the Radical Left take the Senate!”
Vice President Mike Pence, who may also seek the presidency in four years, is expected in Georgia next week.
The stakes for this one are very high.