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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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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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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Senate Big Tech hearing: What to expect from Zuck, Dorsey, Pichai’s Section 230 defense

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Today’s hearing by the Senate Commerce Committee will examine whether Section 230 has ‘outlived its usefulness in today’s digital age.’ It’s another day and another hearing about Big Tech on Capitol Hill. This latest hearing is all about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a decades-old law that offers websites protection against being held liable for what its users post. 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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‘An electoral steroid for white candidates’: the troubling history of Georgia’s runoff elections

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In most of the 10 states that have runoff elections, the system was implemented to dilute the Black vote. All eyes are on Georgia January 4, as two runoff elections in the the state will decide the control of the U.S. Senate. Joe Biden’s win there in November has given Democrats hope for two more victories in a state that’s been in a tight Republican grip for decades. A grip that’s in no small part due to the fact that the state conducts these kind of runoff elections. Read Full Story

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