Fate of the Senate Decided



Senate elects Jon Ossoff (D) and Raphael Warnock (D)with President Elect, Joe Biden (D)

Which political party will control the United States Senate? With Democrats winning the Presidential election and maintaining control of the House of Representatives in the 2020 elections, it was paramount for the Republicans to win a senate seat in Georgia during the January 5 Senate runoff election. 

Coming into the election, Republicans controlled 50 seats in the Senate while Democrats controlled 48. Theoretically, if a Republican won one seat they would maintain control of the Senate, but if Democrats won both seats, Congress would be split 50-50 along party lines. 

This is significant because Senate protocol calls for Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris to serve as tie-breaker.

In November, Georgia’s Senate election projected both Republicans winning, but neither secured a majority. According to Georgia’s laws, a runoff had to be held between the top two candidates. 

On Monday, December 7 Democratic nominee Raphael Warnock defeated incumbent Republican Kelly Loefeller in these runoffs in which a record number of Georgians voted. 

Warnock will be the first black senator from Georgia in history. 

 Chalina Lopez Morgan, President of the Sanderson Equity Team, stated in regards to Warnock’s election, “This is a huge win for Democrats. The fact that a black man was elected in the Deep South shows the realignment going on in Georgia.”

In the other race between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican David Perdue, the margin of votes was even slimmer. Still, Jon Ossoff managed to win the historically “red” state. This means not one, but two Democrats will fill the Senate seats. 

Speculation about the reason for the turn around in the state remains, with some believing Trump’s baseless claims that the election was rigged. 

Trump stated recently, “More people turned out for the Senate election than the Presidential one. If this is not seriously investigated the RINO (Republican in Name Only) the governor can kiss his career goodbye.” 

The results of the elections will not be certified until January 15 and if an audit is performed, the deadline could be pushed to an even later date. 

With the Democrats winning, we can probably expect in-person school to resume on a later date, as they tend to be more cautious about COVID-19 policy than Republicans. Other ways a Democratic Senate will impact Sanderson is that Democrats tend to be more generous with providing funding for public schools.

The Republicans, on the other hand are much more supportive of vouchers and other methods of supporting private and charter schools. The degree to which national legislation concerning education will be passed is uncertain. Education is mainly the responsibility of state and local governments.