President-elect Joe Biden will travel to Georgia on Tuesday to attend a campaign rally with Democratic Senate candidates, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, just weeks beforeon January 5th. This is the first time since his election that Mr. Biden has appeared in person with the two candidates.
Mr Biden narrowly won the state of Georgia, fueling Democratic hopes that Ossoff and Warnock could win those two seats, which will determine which party controls the Senate next year. If the two Democrats win both seats, the party will have a wafer-thin 50:50 majority in the Senate, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris casting every groundbreaking vote.
How to watch the Biden campaign with Ossoff and Warnock in Georgia
- What: President-elect Joe Biden appears at a campaign rally with Democratic Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock
- Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020
- Time: TBA
- Place: Atlanta, Georgia
- Online stream: Live on CBSN in the player above or on your mobile streaming device
Ossoff is running against Senator David Perdue, who was up for re-election this year. Under Georgian law, any election in which none of the candidates receives more than 50% of the vote must result in a runoff. Perdue narrowly defeated Ossoff on election day, but could not get more than 50% of the vote.
Senator Kelly Loeffler, named her seat last year, was challenged by 20 other candidates, including Warnock, in a special election in November. Loeffler and Warnock were the top two candidates, so their race ended up being a runoff.
President Trump, who refused to allow the election, has repeatedly questioned Mr Biden’s victory in Georgia. The president-elect was the first Democrat to win Georgia in nearly 30 years. The election of Mr. Biden was confirmed by two recounts and by the state’s votersOn Monday.
Despite Mr Biden’s unexpected victory, Democrats in the state are concerned that a low turnout for a January 5 special election could ruin Ossoff and Warnock’s chances. The early voting began on Monday in the state.
“This election is not a continuation of what happened in November. It is a complete reset. It will have a different character. It will most likely have a lower turnout,” Jacquelyn Bettadapur, Democratic Party leader of Cobb County, told CBSN .Red & Blue “anchor Elaine Quijano .