Senators David Purdue and John Usoff are headed for close elections, although opinion polls have shifted in favor of the incumbent in recent days.
Email voting and early personal voting for the second round elections in Georgia have already begun, with only two weeks left until Election Day. With control of the Senate at stake, Democrats and Republicans have a vested interest in the outcome of the race between Purdue and Ausov, and the Georgians have already cast nearly 500,000 votes.
On average, Purdue is 0.8 points ahead of its Democratic rival, according to FiveThirtyEight, a margin that leads to a statistic tie. The most recent poll on Thursday came from Emerson College and gave Perdue a 3-point advantage, a progression that is within the poll’s margin of error.
Of the 600 people surveyed, 51 percent said they would vote for Purdue and 48 percent plan to support OSOF. Democrats are ahead of younger voters and Republicans are distinguished from those over the age of 45.
Given that there are a limited number of voters planning to vote for a Republican in one race and a Democrat in another, Spencer Kimball, director of Emerson College Polling, doubted that one party would win the two seats.
If Usov and Reverend Raphael Warnock, who is challenging Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler for her run-off seat, knocked the Republicans out of office, there would be a 50-50 split in the Senate. This effectively gives the Democrats control because the vice president is elected Kamala Harris He will cast any necessary tie-break votes.
Elected President Joe Biden He benefited from the mail vote and turned the election in his favor. President Donald Trump It largely dissuaded voters from casting their ballots by mail, but this time, the president and vice president pushed Georgians to vote in whatever manner available.
An Emerson poll found that 61 percent of people who actually voted went for Ossoff and 39 percent voted for Perdue. However, 68 percent of those surveyed who plan to vote on January 5 plan to vote for Purdue.
One of voters’ top priorities in the Georgia election is the COVID-19 response and in that region, Ossoff is the lead among voters. The Democratic candidate has been an outspoken advocate of the second round of stimulus checks and has beaten Purdue for not having the same level of enthusiasm about the measure.
Purdue voted in favor of the Coronavirus Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March, but said it opposes direct payments on a personal level.
In November, Purdue garnered 80,000 more votes than AUSOF, but because it didn’t reach the 50 percent needed to win the election in Georgia, it pushed the race into a run-off. Although he had the advantage in November, nothing was guaranteed by January and pollsters expect the race to be over.