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Why Isn’t Bernie Backing Jon Ossoff in Georgia?

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Democrats need to win both of Georgia’s Senate seats in the upcoming runoff elections in order to tip the balance inside the Capitol. But so far, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is only playing in one.

The Democratic candidates, Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, are each campaigning hard to defeat Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in the pair of elections, set for Jan. 5, 2021. After President-elect Joe Biden won the White House and Democrats simultaneously fell short in several Senate races, national attention quickly refocused to the runoffs as the party’s last hope for obtaining complete political control. If they win both races, Democrats will take de facto control of the Senate.

The unusual circumstances of this historic contest have compelled Ossoff and Warnock, as well as their GOP adversaries, to effectively campaign on a joint ticket, sharing everything from stages at rallies to real estate on yard signs. The two Democratic candidates also share the public backing of many top figures in the party.

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