What the hell is happening in Georgia? Senate race runoff rules explained as vote count continues

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Georgia is about to be on everyone’s mind. No, America’s balance of power usually does not rest in the state that brought us the cotton gin, Coca-Cola, and the world’s largest drive-in restaurant . The emerging political situation in Georgia is unprecedented as its two Senate races look likely to result in a runoff election in January. Those seats could end up determining whether Republicans or Democrats ultimately control the Senate. Here’s what’s happening. Read Full Story

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How to donate to the Georgia Senate runoff election: 8 ways to help the races before January

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Who will control the Senate next year? These runoff races (and lots of money) could decide. The biggest bang for your political buck (in this lifetime, anyway) awaits in Georgia, where the U.S. balance of power is at stake: As of this writing, runoffs for two Senate seats in January will determine whether or not Democrats control all three branches of government. If Republicans win one or both seats, then they will maintain control of the Senate. If Democrats win both seats, the Senate will be controlled by Democrats, who already have the House. And thanks to Joe Biden’s victory, they’ll also control the presidency, giving Vice President-elect Kamala Harris tie-breaking votes in the Senate. Here’s where to donate to these high-stakes races: Read Full Story

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Democrat Warnock wins Georgia Senate seat; Democrat Ossoff’s campaign confident of victory in too-close-to-call race

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The Georgia special election is an epic nail biter. In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, Rev. Raphael Warnock declared victory in Tuesday’s special election for one of two Georgia Senate seats, ousting incumbent Republican Kelly Loeffler. As of 3am E.T., with less than 2% of votes remaining to be counted, Warnock led by a margin of 46,000 votes, or roughly 1%. NBC News, Fox News and the Associated Press projected Warnock as the winner. The victory will make him Georgia’s first black Senator, as well as as well as the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Georgia since 2000. Read Full Story

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How to volunteer to help the Georgia Senate runoffs: 12 things you can do for voter outreach right now

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These pivotal races may well come down to how many local voters get registered between now and the voter registration deadline. The next four years of American government function depend on the outcome of two runoff elections for Georgia’s Senate seats, and the race may well come down to how many local voters get registered between now and the December 7 voter registration deadline. Read Full Story

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Meet the Gen Z activists who helped win the Georgia Senate seats

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These inspiring young activists worked for weeks to make millions of calls and social media posts to get out the youth vote for Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. When Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, Sophia Woodrow was 14 years old. Four years later, she was fighting to mobilize young voters in Georgia for the 2020 election and then the runoff to decide control of the Senate. Read Full Story

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Stimulus update: What the election could mean for second checks and extra unemployment

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Americans have been waiting months and months for relief. The presidential race is over, but now the Georgia runoffs loom on the horizon. Election Day has passed and COVID-19 lockdowns are returning. Millions of Americans are still desperately awaiting some kind of aid in the form of stimulus checks or expanded federal unemployment, like the kind that was passed with the CARES Act back in March but has since expired . Here’s the latest on what’s happening in Washington with the long-promised congressional bill for coronavirus relief: Read Full Story

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Would a Democratic sweep help or hurt Silicon Valley?

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And what if Prop 22 fails? Entrepreneur Bradley Tusk games out the consequences of each 2020 election scenario. There’s just two weeks left until Election Day, and the polling currently has Joe Biden as the overwhelming favorite to take back the White House. Democrats look likely to retake the Senate, too. But if we’ve learned one thing about 2020, it’s that anything can happen—and you better believe that Silicon Valley lobbyists are planning for every potential eventuality. Depending on who wins the White House, the Senate, and what happens in local elections around the country, the impact on tech could vary wildly. Here’s a primer on what to expect with each possible outcome. Read Full Story

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Who is running against Mitch McConnell? Kentucky Democrats look to unseat Senate majority leader

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Tuesday’s primary election in Kentucky pits Amy McGrath against Charles Booker. Here’s what to know. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell faces a reelection race in Kentucky in November, and Tuesday’s Democratic primary will determine his challenger. The primary pits Amy McGrath against Charles Booker—and the race has been upended by the Black Lives Matter movement in the state where Breonna Taylor was shot by police eight times in March. Read Full Story

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