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In a matter of hours, the first ballots will begin to be counted in an election almost as important as the presidential vote two months ago.

Joe Biden campaigning for candidates Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock in the Georgia Senate runoff elections.
Joe Biden campaigning for candidates Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock in the Georgia Senate runoff elections. (AP)
If the Democrats hold both seats, Joe biden he will be able to carry out his agenda without being frustrated by the Republicans.

And if Republicans stick with at least one, they will have the ability to block every law Biden introduces.

Polls, for what they’re worth, show the race head to head.

Kelly Loeffler campaigning with Donald Trump yesterday in Georgia.
Kelly Loeffler campaigning with Donald Trump yesterday in Georgia. (AP)

On the Democratic side are documentary filmmaker Jon Ossoff and Baptist pastor Raphael Warnock.

They face Republican incumbents David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, who have been embroiled in allegations of unethical stock trading.

If he wins, Ossoff, 33, will be the youngest senator since Biden was elected at age 29 in 1972.

The Reverend Warnock would be Georgia’s first African-American senator and one of three in the Senate overall.

Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff are the Democratic candidates for the Georgia Senate.
Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff are the Democratic candidates for the Georgia Senate. (AP)

With so much at stake, $ 500 million has been spent on political campaign ads in the past two months.

Which means that if you turn on the television in Georgia, you will be lucky enough to see a commercial that is not about the campaign.

For both sides, the campaigns have traveled delicate lines to be elected.

Ossoff and Reverend Warnock must bring out the Democrats who elected Biden in Georgia by the slightest margin.

And they are doing it without an opponent as abrasive as Trump at the top of the ballot.

How Raphael Warnock appears in his own campaign ads.
How Raphael Warnock appears in his own campaign ads. (Raphael Warnock)

For Reverend Warnock it means commercials in which he talks about his humble upbringing and his faith while playing with his pet beagle.

For Senators Perdue and Loeffler, they need to extract the conservative voter base that has kept Georgia in Republican hands for years.

That means focusing your energy on demonizing Reverend Warnock, portraying him as a radical Marxist, a somewhat unfounded accusation.

Senator Loeffler has posted ads on Facebook in recent days where Reverend Warnock’s skin has darkened; an apparent dog whistle to scare Georgia’s conservative white voters.

How Raphael Warnock appears in Kelly Loeffler's campaign ads.
How Raphael Warnock appears in Kelly Loeffler’s campaign ads. (Kelly Loeffler)

But Republican senators face a more complicated proposal to attract voters.

In the case of a 50-50 split in the Senate, the vice president acts as the tiebreaker.

But none of the senators have admitted that Trump has lost the election, which means they cannot argue that the second round will determine control of the Senate.

Trump himself attempted the balancing act at a rally yesterday.

“These Senate seats are really the last line of defense,” he said.

“Now I must start by saying, because they will say, ‘He just conceded’. No no.”

Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Georgia.
Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Georgia. (AP)

Georgia is one of the emerging swing states in America, after years of being a strong Republican region.

But the state’s population is increasing thanks to the explosive growth of the city of Atlanta.

And if the November result was any indication, the people moving to Atlanta from across the country are mostly Democratic voters.

Scarlette Martin, 4, waits for her mother, Jocelyn Martin, to cast her vote in the United States Senate runoff elections in Georgia.
Scarlette Martin, 4, waits for her mother, Jocelyn Martin, to cast her vote in the United States Senate runoff elections in Georgia. (AP)

Democrats have already built up a huge lead in initial and absentee votes, and the majority of Republicans are expected to cast their vote in person today.

As a consequence, election results are expected to vary greatly during the counting process, depending on which ballots are counted first.

The polls closed today at 11 am AEDT.


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