The possibility of Joe Biden in the White House is not the only frightening scenario conservatives have to contend with after this year’s elections.
Kamala Harris is set to play an outsized role if Democrats win two runoff races in Georgia this January, granting Dems control of a divided Senate, the Washington Examiner reports.
It’s true that Democrats have already failed to meet expectations of a “blue wave” that they hoped would crush Trump, hand them the presidency, and win them control of both houses of Congress. Instead, their margins in the House shrank, their victory in the presidential race remains disputed, and they failed to win the Senate outright.
Nevertheless, Republicans are not taking any chances as GOP Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue battle in Georgia to keep Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, respectively, from flipping their seats, warning voters that the Democrats will usher in a radical agenda of “defund the police” and socialism.
Should the Dems succeed in both races, they will obtain a marginal hold on the Senate, with Kamala Harris becoming the tie-breaking vote, the Examiner reported Wednesday. In that event, all bets are off.
It’s a scary thought, to be sure, but it seems Republicans can be confident about their chances in the traditionally red state, despite a putative Biden victory there that Donald Trump has challenged.
“The Democrats do not have a good history of winning these runoffs,” John Couvillon, who runs the polling firm JMC Enterprises, reportedly told the Examiner.
Big race attracts fraud concerns
Amid speculation of voter fraud in the presidential race, Dems have already come under fire for encouraging voters to move to Georgia specifically to vote in the runoff, which is a crime.
“Make no mistake about it, I will seek to prosecute those who try to undermine our elections to the fullest extent of the law,” Georgia’s secretary of State said of the development, according to Fox 5 Atlanta. “The integrity of our elections is paramount. Outside groups who seek to interfere with democracy in Georgia should be forewarned that the consequences will be severe.”
If Democrats do pull out a win in the Peach State, a sliver of hope still remains, as some Senate Dems — namely, West Virginia’s Joe Manchin — have signaled they might not play ball with a radical agenda.
But Democratic leader Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has promised that Dems will “change the world” if they claim the Senate, and he is confident about their odds.
“There’s this conventional wisdom that Democrats don’t win runoffs in Georgia,” Schumer said, as the Examiner reported. “We are working very hard to win Georgia, and we believe that we have a very good chance of winning.”