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It’s a historic re-election, regardless of the outcome.

For the first time, there are two black candidates in Georgia vying for a Senate seat.

Herschel Walker is challenging incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock.

Photo: AP

When there were by-elections in the United States in November, none received more than 50 percent of the vote.

So Georgia election law requires voters to go to the polls again.

In opinion polls, incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock is leading Republican rival Herschel Walker.

Queues in Atlanta outside polling stations

Outside a polling station in Atlanta, people wait their turn to vote.

Photo: Carlos Parrea/Reuters

The Democrats already have the 50 seats they need. Together with the vice presidential vote, they have a majority in the Senate.

Today’s election is still important for the Democrats because

  • Georgia can give them a clear majority.
  • A simple majority gives Democrats more power in important Senate committees
  • And less power to conservative Democratic senators, who have blocked many of President Biden’s initiatives in the past two years

to me RealClearPolitics poll average Democrat Warnock leads by 3.7 percentage points.

Warnock warned of a favorite character. Yesterday, his supporters asked him to go to the polls.

Raphael Warnock refers to the photographer

Democrat Raphael Warnock (53) has the most advanced votes. Bad weather on election day can lead to lower turnout.

Photo: Cheney Ur/Reuters

Both parties are working hard to get people off the couch and into the voting booths.

Republicans hope to slow the Democrats’ lead after the midterm elections.

The party’s supporters did not seem to mind Walker’s lack of political experience.

The former sports star is accused of lying and violence. The campaign was controversial.

Herschel Walker takes a selfie

Herschel Walker is a famous soccer player in the United States. Republicans’ goal is to make him a senator from Georgia.

Photo: Alyssa Poynter/Reuters

Former President Donald Trump confirmed in May that Walker had become the Republican nominee.

Trump himself lost Georgia in 2020. He did not actively campaign, as did other well-known Republicans, such as Nikki Haley.

Nikki Haley at the campaign event with Herschel Walker

Former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley supports fellow party member Herschel Walker in the fight for a Senate seat.

Photo: Alex Wong/AFP

President Joe Biden has also shied away from states where he has low support, Writes the AP news agency.

Before visiting Georgia, Biden had been raising money for the campaign and calling Democrats.

The Senate seat is too expensive

More than $415 million (more than NOK 4 billion, at today’s exchange rate) has been spent in the fight for a place in the Senate, shows Characters from OpenSecrets.

Thus, the election campaign in Georgia is the most expensive of the year.

Spending can be difficult to measure.

The most obvious is the purchase of political ads in the media.

Raphael Warnock takes a selfie with the students

Raphael Warnock runs several campaign events per day to meet with as many groups of Georgia voters as possible. Here with the students in Atlanta.

Photo: Alyssa Poynter/Reuters

The parties also pumped millions of kronor into the machine that would get voters and get them to vote.

Incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock won by 37,700 votes in November. Georgia election law states that no one wins an election without half of the votes.

Georgia Voter Register

More than 75,000 voters cast their ballots in the run-off, who did not show up for the election last month.

Pre-vote It was completed before the weekend.

Herschel Walker takes a picture with a dog

Paws and hands are pressed to create confidence and sounds. On the campaign trail, Republican Herschel Walker (60) takes a picture with a dog.

Photo: Alyssa Poynter/Reuters

Nearly two million voters visited a polling station in the swing state.

Result is expected around 4 nights until Wednesday, Norwegian time.

Almost 8 million people are registered as voters in Georgiabut often only half of it appears.

Georgia Democrats are best at pre-voting, either in person or by mail, data from TargetSmart Shows, reproduced by the channel NBC.

The numbers claim that Democrats beat Republicans 52 percent to 39 percent before the vote.

Republicans tend to rally their congregation on Election Day itself.

American media indicated that the rain spread in the state, and this may have a role in the motivation to stand in line outside the polling stations.

Standing in line outside the polling station

Umbrellas line up to enter a polling station in the big city of Atlanta.

Photo: Carlos Parrea/Reuters

The Senate elections in Georgia got a lot of attention two years ago. At that time, the election will determine which party has the majority in the Senate.

Now it is equally about strengthening a position of power. If the Republicans win, they can count on the support of two Democratic senators when they want to block Biden’s proposal.

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kirsten Sinema are among the Democrats who don’t always follow the party line.

If the Democrats win another seat, Manchin and Sinema will lose some of their power.

The election in Georgia could tell something about the kind of influence Donald Trump has in the Republican Party.

Ex-president who will run Presidential candidate in 2024he recruited many candidates in this by-election.

Georgia is Trump’s last chance Refine the stats.

He may have been aware that Georgia had rewarded many of the incumbent politicians who opposed him.

The state’s interior minister, Brad Raffensperger, who refused to award additional votes to Trump after defeat in the 2020 election, won the battle for the party’s nomination.

Governor Brian Kemp also crushed his Trump-backed rival when Georgia Republicans decided who they wanted to run.

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