Georgia deciding US Senate control in election’s final day

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgians cast high-stakes final votes Tuesday in elections to determine the balance of power in the new Congress, deciding Senate runoff elections sure to shape President-elect Joe Biden’s ability to enact what could be the most progressive governing agenda in generations.

Republicans are unified against Biden’s plans for health care, environmental protection and civil rights, but some have feared that outgoing President Donald Trump’s brazen attempts to undermine the integrity of the nation’s voting systems might discourage voters in Georgia.

State election officials reported light turnout Tuesday morning, including in the deeply conservative northwest region where Trump held a rally Monday night to encourage GOP voters to turn out in force.

Wait times at polling sites were “almost nonexistent,” averaging about one minute statewide, said Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

More than 3 million Georgians had voted early, either by mail or during in-person voting in December.

The robust early turnout was expected to benefit Democrats, as it helped Biden in November become the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia since 1992.

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