Election 2020 Politics

Pair of races are razor close with U.S. Senate control at stake

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Trump looms large over the Georgia Senate runoff

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Reis Thebault, Haisten Willis and Bert Roughton

ATLANTA — When asked Tuesday for whom she was casting a ballot in the Georgia runoff, Julie Milum replied, “Trump.”

“Well, you know what I mean,” said Milum, 50, who voted at a polling station in Marietta, a fast-diversifying suburb northwest of Atlanta.

But her enthusiasm was dampened by President Trump’s continued efforts to subvert the results of the November election, including his false claims that he won Georgia. It gave Jones a sense of foreboding about what may become of her own votes for Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.

“It’s like, even if you do vote, it’s not going to matter because [Republicans] are going to steal the election … at least, they’re trying,” she said.

Trump’s name wasn’t on the ballot here Tuesday, but the president and his unprecedented assault on the November election were clearly the driving force behind an unusually high turnout for twin Senate runoff races coming two months after his defeat.

In interviews Tuesday, voters told The Washington Post that they viewed the runoff as yet another referendum on the outgoing president, who has made this state ground zero for his barrage of false claims. The contests here culminated as many pro-Trump Republicans in Congress prepared for an extraordinary joint session Wednesday in which they vowed to challenge Biden’s electoral college victory.

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