What Is a Runoff Election? Why Does It Matter?

What Is a Runoff Election? Why Does It Matter?

(RepublicanPress.org) – As the nation anxiously awaits the 2020 presidential election outcome, politicians have their eyes on the state of Georgia. It has two runoff elections scheduled for its US Senate seats on January 5, 2021. If President Donald Trump wins another term in office, that election won’t alter the balance of power in Washington, DC. However, if Democratic hopeful Joe Biden wins, it could make all the difference in the world.

So what are runoff elections, and why does this one matter?

What Are Runoff Elections?

Simply put, runoff elections are special elections that are held if none of the candidates running for office receive a majority of the votes. When this happens, the two individuals with the highest number of votes face off in a new election.

To win an election in Georgia requires a candidate to receive a minimum of 50% of the vote, which didn’t happen in the November 3 general election.

Incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock will compete for one slot, and current Senator David Perdue (R-GA) battles it out with Democrat Jon Ossoff.

Why the Georgia Runoff Election Matters

Arguably, all elections matter because senators serve for six years, potentially affecting how all Americans might live for decades. However, the 2021 runoffs are of particular concern because the balance of power in the US Senate is at stake.

Republicans currently hold 50 seats for the 2021 legislative term. If President Trump wins, re-election Vice President Mike Pence can cast the winning vote, continuing Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) term as majority leader and giving Republicans control of the body.

However, if Democratic hopeful Joe Biden wins, those two remaining Senate seats come into play. If Democrats can pick up both seats, then future Vice President Kamala Harris can give Democrats control of the Senate, likely leading to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) becoming majority leader.

Elections have consequences, and depending on the outcome of the 2020 presidential race, the Georgia runoff elections could decide the balance of power in Washington, DC for several years.

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