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Georgia run-off keeps U.S. election suspense alive

Darpan News Desk The Canadian Press, 10 Nov, 2020
  • Georgia run-off keeps U.S. election suspense alive

There's good news in Georgia for anyone still craving high-stakes election suspense in the wake of Joe Biden's presidential win.

Control of the Senate is still up for grabs: Republican incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue both face run-off elections Jan. 5 against Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.

The GOP appears poised to claim Alaska and North Carolina, the two other seats still up in the air, but would remain one shy of the 51 needed for a majority.

A Republican majority would hamstring the Biden administration by thwarting legislation passed by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.

A 50-50 draw, meanwhile, would give the edge to the Democrats, since it falls to vice-president-elect Kamala Harris to break ties in the Senate.

Kirsten Hillman, Canada's ambassador to the U.S., says the diplomatic work of the Canadian Embassy in Washington will continue regardless of the uncertainty.

"We are continuing to work on files with the U.S. government all the time," Hillman said in an interview.

"Even last week, while everybody was focused on how the election was turning out both in the White House and in Congress, we were doing business."

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