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EXPLAINER: As Georgia awaits, GOP still has Senate control

Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 12:58 PM EST
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ATLANTA (AP) — The consequences of Georgia’s twin Senate runoffs are well known: They’ll determine which party controls the Senate.

But the circumstances of Georgia’s seats and the timing of the Jan. 5 runoffs make things a bit messier. One of two Georgia races is a regular election for a six-year term. The other is a special election for an unexpired term.

The timing of the runoffs, coming two days after the new Congress convenes and 15 days before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, further complicates things.

That means Republicans will have a majority of 51 senators to begin the new Congress, allowing Mitch McConnell to open the Senate’s organizing session as majority leader.

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