Exit polls in Georgia on Tuesday have revealed record level turnout for the two crucial runoff elections that could shift the balance of power in the US Senate from a Republican to a Democratic majority, as GOP incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue take on challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.
Georgia Secretary of state Brad Raffensperger has said he does not expect final results to become clear until Wednesday morning, while the Loeffler campaign has found itself caught up in a late racism scandal over an attack ad that appeared on Facebook in which the skin colour of Reverend Warnock, who is Black, appeared to have been made artificially darker.
President-elect Joe Biden was campaigning for the Democrats on Monday evening, promising voters that their victories would mean a blue takeover of the Senate and thus the chance to upgrade Covid-19 relief cheques for Americans from the current $600 to $2,000, a move staunchly opposed by current Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. The president-elect also made an Election Day appeal on Georgia radio, telling voters that “so much is at stake.”
The president has meanwhile continued to amplify election fraud conspiracies as he pushes for GOP candidates, telling his followers that “emboldened Radical Left Democrats” have sought to steal “victory” from Republican voters.