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US: Warnock, a relief for Democrats

Washington, Dec 18 (Prensa Latina) When word spread that Senator Raphael Warnock won and held on to his position in Georgia, the Democratic Party and President, Joe Biden, breathed with relief, or at least that was what they expected when they saw that the margin had been increased to boost their agenda in the upcoming Congress of the United States.

In the second round of elections on December 6, held after no candidate to the Upper House there reached an absolute majority in the midterm elections on November 8, the Reverend got 51.4 percent of support, while his Republican rival, Herschel Walker, received 48.6 percent.

The Democrats, which had control of the Senate, then won the 51st seat in Georgia, the reason for which it won’t be at the expense of Vice President Kamala Harris, casting the tie-breaking vote to put forward its initiatives.

Observers say that that absolute majority also implies that the commissions will be made up of more Democrats than Republicans, following elections that went beyond expectations in polls, specialized websites, and Biden himself that predicted that the bicameral legislature would be red-colored.

“Thanks, Georgia. We did it again,” Warnock wrote and celebrated on Twitter. Beginning in November 2020, Warnock was the candidate with more votes in four elections for the State’s Senate in a row, until he won the full six-year term.

The last two times, the priest at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where civil rights movement leader Martin Luther King (1929- 1968) spoke before, got over Walker and turned into the Republican candidate by the power and grace of former US President Donald Trump (2017-2021).

Experts from the political analysis blog FiveThirtyEight pointed out that the opposing force’s failure to win Congress could have been due to the fact that it nominated “weak candidates,” putting as an example the former American football star.

However, the political newcomer with several scandals on his back, including his background of abuse against women and the fact that he presented himself as an anti-abortion advocate and supposedly having paid for the termination of a girlfriend’s pregnancy, closely followed on the heels of Warnock and the race was close until the very last minute.

That Walker was the only Republican to lose his race in Georgia became another blow to the former president, who last Tuesday also saw how his family business the Trump Organization was sentenced for tax fraud and is the center of Justice Department inquiries, while he campaigns for the White House.

The 118th Congress will be seated next month with 49 Republican members in the Senate (out of 100 members), but the conservatives will rule in the Lower House with 222 seats in their favor out of the 435 of that legislative body.

Taken from Orbe

By Claudia González Corrales


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