If the polls are confirmed, Senator David Perdue and his democratic challenger, Jon Ossoff, will have a very close election next month because at this point, anyone will win.
Ossoff was just 1.8 points behind Perdue in the November election, but a poll conducted by WXIA-TV on Thursday was two points ahead of the Republican in office. This is within the margin of error of the poll, so SurveyUSA polls say the results should only be seen as evidence that “every vote will be critical” in the January 5 election vote.
In many states who receive more votes in the November election, they will be the winner of a Senate mandate. In Georgia, however, a senate candidate must get at least 50 percent of the vote to become a winner. Perdue was close in November, but the 50 percent threshold fell just shy of falling to 49.7 percent, sending him and Ossoff to the election.
According to the poll, Perdue, who has been in the Senate since 2015, holds his party’s base slightly stronger than Ossoff. 96 percent of GOP voters responded to the poll to go to Perdue, and 94 percent of Democrats want to vote for Ossoff.
Candidates have a chance next month to shake up 2.3 percent of voters who cast their vote for Libertarian Party candidate Shane Hazel, and in close competition they could be the difference between Republicans who retain or lose control of the Senate.
If Senator Perdue or Kelly Loeffler, an official in a Republican office who is elected to his or her own constituency, retains his or her seat, Republicans have a small majority in the Senate. However, if democratic challengers are able to oust Republicans, there will be a 50-50 split in the Senate. This gives the Democrats virtually control, because in the event of a tie, elected Vice President Kamala Harris casts the final vote.
Both sides will throw millions of dollars into the Senate race and deploy their resources to Georgia. President Donald Trump is expected to visit a demonstration to popularize GOP senators on Saturday, and celebrities have asked people to go out to vote for democratic challengers.
It will probably only grow as the election gets closer, because it is not just the WXIA-TV poll that shows this to be a tough battle. According to a Fox5 Atlanta poll on Nov. 16, 49 percent of each of Perdue and Ossoff supported voters, and a Remington Research Group poll gave Perdue a 50 to 46 percent lead, with 4 percent of voters undecided.
While candidates and parties interested in the elections will continue to move on until the last ballot is cast, early voting will begin on December 7, leaving only a few days until the number of votes available begins to decline.