A new poll on the runoff elections in the Georgian Senate in January shows that the two Republican incumbents are narrowly leading their Democratic challengers.
The poll, conducted by the conservative-oriented Remington Research Group, shows that the two Republican senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are ahead of Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported on the poll results.
Perdue leads Ossoff by 4 points – 50 percent ahead of 46 percent. But 4 percent of Georgians were undecided. The race between Loeffler and Warnock seems to be even closer, with the Republican supported by 49 percent of the Southern state’s voters, while 48 percent support the Democrat. Another 3 percent were undecided.
The margin of error in the poll is plus or minus 2.6 percent, and both races are within that range. About 1,450 probably Georgian voters were interviewed for the survey, which was conducted from November 8 to 9. The Senate runoff vote, which will determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the Congressional upper house, will be held on January 5.
“This will be a 100 percent start to finish a basic election turnout,” Titus Bond, president of the Remington Research Group, told the AJC. “It will be intensified. It will be ideology from start to finish. It will be about motivating the base to vote again.”
Based on the election results, Republicans will control at least 50 seats in the next Senate, while Democrats will have 46 seats, along with two independents who will form a faction with their Democratic counterparts. If the Democrats succeed in winning both Senate elections, they will split the Senate, and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will make the final decision with evenly distributed votes.
Although Georgia’s results are not yet final, President-elect Joe Biden leads the Southern state with more than 14,000 votes. The state is expected to recount due to the tight margin, but analysts do not expect the overall result to change.
Although Biden exceeded the 270 votes needed to declare victory on Saturday after Associated Press, Fox News and other television stations called Pennsylvania and Nevada to elect the president, President Donald Trump did not admit defeat. The president has unfoundedly claimed that Biden and Harris won through widespread electoral fraud without providing evidence. Loeffler and Perdue have endorsed these allegations.
Some Republicans have tried to argue that Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, both of whom were supported by Trump in 2018, allowed electoral fraud to flourish in the elections. However, they have not presented any evidence to support these allegations. Loeffler and Perdue jointly published a letter on Monday in which they called on Raffensperger to resign.
“The voters of Georgia hired me, and the voters will be the ones who fire me,” Raffensperger said in response to Perdue and Loeffler. “As Foreign Minister, I will continue to fight every day to ensure that fair elections are held in Georgia, that every legal vote counts and that illegal votes do not count. The Republican said it was “unlikely” that any of the fraud allegations would change the outcome of the presidential election campaign.
Loeffler’s race was expected to go into a runoff, as several Republicans and Democrats as well as third party candidates ran in the special election for the last two years of former GOP senator Johnny Isakson’s term. However, Republicans had hoped that Perdue would pass the 50-percent hurdle needed to announce victory in the Georgia senate elections.
At the current state of the results, Perdue was supported by 49.7 percent of Georgia’s voters, while Ossoff was supported by 48 percent of the electorate. In the special elections, Warnock received 32.9 percent of the vote compared to 25.9 percent of Loeffler’s vote. The remainder of the votes went to other Democrats, Republicans and third candidates who will not be on the ballot in the runoff.
Stacey Abrams, a Democratic organizer and politician from Georgia who is widely known for supporting Flip Georgia on Biden’s behalf, told CNN this week that she had “no doubt” that her party could win both Senate elections. She described Warnock and Ossoff as “the two men who will make sure that Joe Biden wins the leadership, the under