Why a US election in Georgia matters so much

10 Jan 2021

The Georgia runoffs, explained.

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The US 2020 election isn't completely over. That’s because, even though we know Joe Biden will be president, we still don’t know if he’ll have a friendly Congress to work with. Congress’s lower chamber, the House of Representatives, is under Democratic control. But control of the upper chamber, the Senate, is still up in the air, because of two remaining Senate races — and they’re both in the state of Georgia.

The results of those “runoff” elections -- one between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican David Perdue, the other between Democrat Raphael Warnock and Republican Kelly Loeffler -- will determine whether Biden’s policy agenda will be ambitious or compromised. But runoff elections are actually really rare in the US. And the story of why Georgia uses them in the first place is crucial to understanding the state that will now determine the next several years of American politics.

Note: The headline on this video has been updated.
Previous headline: Why Biden's presidency hinges on one last election

Read more about why Georgia holds runoff elections from Vox’s Jerusalem Demsas: https://www.vox.com/21551855/g....eorgia-ossoff-perdue

And more about the racist origins of Georgia’s runoffs:

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