Political Operative Perrin Bostic Shares What You Need to Know About the Georgia Runoff Elections
The current president's attempt to overturn the decision made by "the people" is not the only election that did not officially declare a winner after November 3. In Georiga, there are two runoff races taking place between Republican Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock and Republican David Perdue and Jon Ossoff. The reason there are runoff elections is because none of the candidates received 50 percent of the vote, which is required to declare a victory in the state of Georgia.
With these races still undecided, the fight over who will control the Senate is still going on. We recently spoke with Political Operative Perrin Bostic, who has worked on both Ossoff and Warnock's campaign, about the importance of these runoff elections, the challenges the candidates face and what voters need to do right now.
The Georgia Senate race holds "large implications," Perrin explains.
All eyes are on Georgia. There are large implications around this election due to the fact that these two seats will determine the balance of power in the US Senate. Democrats have 48 seats and Republicans will have 50. If we pick up these two seats, what this means is that Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be the tie-breaker. She will come in and cast that deciding vote on the key pieces of legislation that move forward throughout the body.
On the challenges that both candidates must face, Perrin shares:
Historically, Democrats have had a harder time of actually turning back out, getting their voters back out to win in runoff elections. In fact, it's almost a given, typically, that Democrats in Georgia lose runoff races. But what we're seeing here is an unprecedented enthusiasm for Rev. Warnock and Jon Ossoff.
Perrin says people need to plan their vote now.
Voters can request absentee ballots right now. What you can do now, you can go to the Secretary of State website now and you can request your absentee ballot. You want to send it back as soon as you get it or you can locate an absentee ballot drop off box in your county and place your ballot in the box to secure your vote. Early voting will begin soon, so what you want to do is be mindful of the early voting dates.
Learn more about the candidates in the full interview below.