Yesterday Palmer Report pointed out that if Republican Senator David Perdue dropped below 50% in the Georgia Senate race, it would go to a runoff. With the other Georgia Senate race already set for a runoff, this would put two seats in play – and if the Democrats won them both, they would take control of the Senate.
Now Decision Desk has officially projected that both races are headed to a runoff. This sets up a historic election battle in Georgia between now and January. Democrat Jon Ossoff will face Perdue in a runoff, while Democrat Raphael Warnock will face Republican Kelly Loeffler in a runoff.
Ossoff and Warnock have already teamed up and both have the backing of Stacey Abrams. This is crucial because Abrams is the one who has spent the past two years working to clean up her home state of Georgia. As a result of her work, Joe Biden appears to be on track to narrowly win Georgia, and now both Senate seats are viable for Democrats.
If the Democrats win both Senate races, the Senate will be 50-50. In such case Vice President Kamala Harris would have the tiebreaker vote. Because of this, the Democrats would have formal Senate control, and they would get to pick the Senate Majority Leader. Mitch McConnell would be relegated to minority status.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report