Adco: What Happened in GA?
Peach State voters took to the polls yesterday for one regular runoff election and one special election.
Where are things as of this morning?: Democrat Raphael Warnock has flipped one of two Georgia Senate seats, defeating Sen. Kelly Loeffler and giving Democrats a viable path to control of the upper chamber. The race for the second seat, between Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff, is still too close to call. Perdue, the Republican whose Senate term ended on Sunday, and his Democratic challenger, Ossoff, are neck-and-neck, with thousands of votes still to be counted, many of them from Democratic-leaning areas. But some forecasters like the Cook Political Report’s Dave Wasserman and Decision Desk HQ have projected a win for Ossoff, as well.
Now what?: Plenty still hangs in the balance. If the Democrats go two-for-two in Georgia, it helps clear the path for President-elect Biden to confirm nominees and advance his agenda more easily. But the party would have the narrowest possible majority — 50 votes plus Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as tiebreaker — which means that sweeping legislation on climate change and other Democratic priorities, including a more substantial coronavirus relief package, might still be a longshot. More from Politico Pro here and The New York Times here.
In other news: The House and Senate will meet in a joint session of Congress at 1 p.m. Wednesday, where GOP lawmakers are expected to mount several challenges to the Electoral College counts in several states. One senator and one House member must back a challenge to trigger a two-hour debate and vote by both chambers on the issue. It is expected that there will be challenges of the Electoral College votes in Arizona, Pennsylvania and Georgia. It's also possible there will be challenges of Nevada, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Vice President Pence will preside over the joint session and at the end of it, will have the task of announcing Biden's election. Trump has been seeking to pressure him to overturn results, but Pence does not have the power to do so under the Constitution and has a largely ceremonial role in the session. The joint session will take place amid demonstrations by Trump supporters, who began gathering outside the Capitol early Wednesday. You can following all today's action with The Hill here.