Georgia Senate Runoffs: How Democratic victory will shape the next four years

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Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock have been declared the winners of the Georgia senate runoff election.

Brylie Reese

Georgia politics is not traditionally a national topic. However, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock’s victory is not your typical Senate seat win.

“By adding the two seats from Georgia it will give Republicans 50 Senators and Democrats 50 Senators with Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris (D) being the voting tie giving Democrats a majority,” said social sciences teacher Kevin Coker.

Democrats now control the Senate and the House of Representatives, and with the win of President-elect Joe Biden, the nation can expect to see some changes.

“When a party wins the senate’s it might mean a lot of things depending on what lawmakers are wanting to accomplish,” said social sciences teacher Matthew Reitemeier. “It is a shift in majority power between our two main political parties, the democrats and republicans. You might see a shift in leadership from majority leaders to committee leaders, where our nation’s leaders discuss things such as where our country is going with the budget, infrastructure, military, taxes, etcetera.

You might see a shift in leadership from majority leaders to committee leaders, where our nation’s leaders discuss things such as where our country is going with the budget, infrastructure, military, taxes, etcetera”

— Matthew Reitemeier

According to the Washington Post, Ossoff and Warnock will be the first Democrats elected to the Senate from Georgia in 20 years.

“Georgia’s been historically red because it is a southern state and has empirically been more conservative,” said senior Devin Rice.

Many speculate this switch in the party will be a long-term change.

“There is very strong Democratic leadership in Georgia,” Coker said. “ I think it is possible that Georgia sees a lot of change in the outcome of their political identity. Their demographics are changing quickly and that will have a significant impact on their political atmosphere. I think Georgia will be a Democratic stronghold for a while.”

According to Reitemeier, this election is an outcome of the democratic process, and it is important to remember that voting is one of the most important rights.

“Regardless of who a person votes for, I hope people see the importance of voting,” Reitemeier said. “Our system of electing the best-qualified leader cannot work if voters don’t show up to the polls. When you are old enough to vote, do your patriotic birth-given right and civic duty as an American and vote. There’s nothing worse than being an uninformed bystander believing that your vote doesn’t count, and in the end, you choose not to vote.”