Decision day in Georgia with critical US Senate majority up for grabs; Biden, Trump warn of high stakes; Analysis: With call, Trump shows no limit to his power grab
“Georgia, the whole nation is looking to you. The power is literally in your hands.
One state can chart the course, not just for the next four years, but for the next generation.” — President-elect Joe Biden.
"You've got to swarm it tomorrow.” — President Donald Trump.
Georgia voters will decide the balance of power in the U.S. Congress in a pair of high-stakes Senate runoff elections today, Steve Peoples and Bill Barrow report from Atlanta.
The vote will help determine Biden’s capacity to enact what may be the most progressive governing agenda in generations. Democrats must win both races to gain a Senate majority in Washington.
Republicans are unified against Biden’s plans for health care, environmental protections and civil rights. But some fear that Trump’s brazen attempts to undermine the integrity of the nation’s voting systems may scare away Georgia voters.
The results also will help demonstrate whether the sweeping political coalition that fueled Biden's victory was an anti-Trump anomaly or part of a new landscape. Biden won Georgia’s 16 electoral votes by about 12,000 votes out of 5 million cast in November.
VIDEO: Biden warns of high stakes in Georgia Senate races.
Democratic success will likely depend on driving a huge turnout of African Americans, young voters, college-educated voters and women, all groups that helped Biden become the first Democratic presidential candidate since 1992 to win Georgia. Republicans, meanwhile, have been focused on energizing their base of white men and voters beyond metro Atlanta.
Trump-Electoral College: With mounting desperation, Trump declared he will “fight like hell” to hold on to the presidency. He's appealed to Republican lawmakers to reverse his comprehensive election loss to Biden when they convene to confirm the Electoral College vote. He shouted his objections to his loss, which he falsely insists was a victory, at a long rally in Georgia last night, Lisa Mascaro, Mary Claire Jalonick and Kevin Freking report.
VIDEO: Trump says we'll 'fight like hell' to keep White House.
Analysis: Trump’s ongoing efforts to overturn the election results — laid out in stark detail in an hourlong weekend phone call with a Georgia election official — demonstrate his determination to maintain a grip on power regardless of the consequences. Once more testing the limits of presidential power, Trump has ventured into uncharted and dangerous territory. He's the first president who lost an election to try to hang on by rejecting the will of the voters and casting aside the results of the Electoral College enshrined in the Constitution, Jonathan Lemire and Kate Brumback write.
Pence's Quandary: Vice President Mike Pence has been Trump’s most loyal soldier, dutifully backing the mercurial leader through one chaotic situation after another. Now Pence is facing the most precarious position of his tenure, caught between the president and the Constitution, when he presides over Wednesday's congressional tally of Electoral College votes. It's the last front in Trump’s attempts to overturn Biden’s victory. Trump and his supporters are pressuring Pence to intervene even though there's nothing he can do to reverse the outcome. Pence is expected to hew to his limited, constitutionally mandated role. Zeke Miller and Jill Colvin report.