Control of the U.S. Senate hangs in the balance


Control of the United States Senate still hangs in the balance with four races still undecided, including two in Georgia that are expected to go to a runoff.

The runoff races in Georga are poised to determine the balance of power in the upper chamber after no candidate in either contest reached a required 50 percent threshold in votes to win.

So far, the tally for the next Senate is 48 Republicans and 48 Democrats after Tuesday’s election.

Georgia is closely divided

Emotions are running high in Georgia as it remains closely divided amid the neck-and-neck fight between the Democrats and Republicans. No Democrat has been elected senator in some 20 years in Georgia.

The last time both parties fought over control for the Senate two years ago, the Republican party expanded its majority. They did this by reinforcing its influence over the chief executive’s agenda, Cabinet, and judicial nominees.

This year, Republicans were defending over 20 seats, trying to fend off a Blue wave from taking their seats. Democrats, on the other hand, only had 12 incumbents seeking another term.

Utah’s governor-elect Spencer Cox took to Twitter to express high hopes about Republicans’ chances in controlling the Senate.

“While we may not know which party controls the Senate until after Georgia runoffs, there is hope for divided government. Both the Reagan and Clinton administrations proved that periods of divided control can be good for Americans,” he said.

Cox, who defeated Democrat Chris Peterson in the race, also reiterated “that nothing is official until all votes are counted and certified.”

“To those who have concerns about election results, please know that nothing is official until all votes are counted and certified. There is also space for legal challenges and it is important to allow those to play out,” he said in a tweet on Sunday.