On the basis of past experience, Barack Obama said that the two Senate elections in Georgia will determine the fate of the Joe Biden government.
Former president Obama appeared alongside Georgian Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in a virtual “get out the vote” on Friday afternoon. They were joined by Stacey Abrams, a campaigner and former candidate for governor, and Nikema Williams, an elected congresswoman.
” They are now once again the center of our bourgeois universe, because the special election in Georgia will ultimately determine the course of the Biden presidency and whether Joe Biden and Kamala Harris can legally honor all the commitments they made,” Obama said of Georgia.
The former president added: “The Senate is a place where even with a large majority it is difficult to get legislation through, and if you don’t have a majority, if the Senate is controlled by Republicans who are more interested in obstruction and blocking than in progress and helping the people, they can block just about anything.
Obama described some of the struggles his administration has had with a Senate controlled by majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and explained that the opposition he faced “brought much progress to a standstill.
All eyes were on Peach State, as the result of the runoff vote in the Senate will determine the House of Lords’ majority control in the next Congress. Ossoff will meet Republican Senator David Perdue and Warnock will meet Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler.
The Republicans are willing to control at least 50 seats in the next Senate based on the election results, and the Democrats will have 46 seats. Two independent senators will form a faction with the Democrats, bringing their total number of votes to 48.
Should Ossoff and Warnock both win their races, party control in the Senate would be split 50-50. The Democratic vice president-elect, Kamala Harris, would then be responsible for casting a tied vote.
“The promise of the Biden presidency and the Harris vice presidency depends in part on their ability to take a cooperative stance with Congress, and to do that, we need to have the two gentlemen running for the Senate in Georgia, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, to move that agenda forward,” Obama said.
A new poll released Thursday by SurveyUSA on behalf of WXIA-TV in Atlanta found Warnock Loeffler at the top of the list with 52 to 45 percent. The survey found that the competition between Ossoff and Perdue is fairly balanced – Ossoff had 50 percent support, while Perdue had 48 percent.
The Georgios Republican senators also receive support from key party figures. On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence attended a rally in Savannah along with Perdue and Loeffler. President Donald Trump is expected to hold a “victory rally” at the Valdosta regional airport on Saturday.
But some Georgian Republican officials are not sure if the president will have a positive influence on the race, due to his unsubstantiated claims of widespread electoral fraud.
Deputy Governor Geoff Duncan told CNN that if the president and his allies do not change their strategy after the election, they “run the risk of alienating voters for our Senate race, which we are facing for Senator Loeffler and Senator Perdue, and we need them”.
Gabriel Sterling, a Republican and the man responsible for implementing the state’s electoral system, told ABC News that he wanted Loeffler and Perdue to challenge the president’s false claims about the 2020 election, arguing that “if they showed some leadership, they would get more votes, not less.
The Democrats are riding a blue wave in Georgia after turning the state around for the first time in 28 years. Biden is the first Democratic candidate to win the state’s 16 votes since Bill Clinton in 1992.
“We know how to win those seats,” Abrams said on Friday. “We know how to build a coalition of the willing, a coalition of the good, a coalition of Georgians who not only want to serve the needs of their fellow citizens, but understand that we are part of the growing together of the fabric of our nation, to knit together”.