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I’ve been talking about the importance of today for weeks and it is finally here.
Today is the day of the Georgia runoff election, the election that will determine who will control the Senate and essentially the lawmaking in the US as we go forward.
The latest polls I reviewed showed a slight edge to Democrats but it is still likely too close to tell.
I speculated that a Democratic victory would result in more stimulus checks but this was just confirmed by President-elect Joe Biden.
He just pledged that if Democrats win the races, Congress would send a third stimulus check to Americans.
And not only that but he mentioned the figure of $2,000 for the checks.
“If you send Jon and the Reverend to Washington, those $2,000 checks will go out the door,” Biden said in Atlanta.
“And if you send Sens. Perdue and Loeffler back to Washington, those checks will never get there. It’s just that simple. The power is literally in your hands.”
The two Democratic contenders are Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, while the two Republicans are David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.
If the two Democrats were to win, there would be a 50-50 split in the Senate which will result in a tie that would be broken by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
Although I think when choosing to vote you should take a holistic approach to all of the needs of your community, it’s no secret that stimulus checks are on the minds of millions of voters.
I still think that the GOP approach to handling the stimulus checks was extremely risky and if they lose a tight race, I would attribute it to their handling of the stimulus checks.
Even though both Republican candidates chose to support the increase of stimulus checks (late), the main villain of the blockade on stimulus checks was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican.
And I don’t think voters will forget that.
Biden has realized this and has doubled down on reiterating it as he campaigned in Georgia.
“The debate over $2,000 isn’t some abstract debate in Washington, it’s about real lives. Your lives, the lives of good, hardworking Americans,” the president-elect said.
“If you’re like millions of Americans all across this country, you need the money, you need the help, and you need it now.”
So keep an eye out on this election today and I will supply updates as they happen.
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