U.S. lawmakers call on Georgians to vote on Jan. 5

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Updated: Jan. 2, 2021 at 10:51 PM EST
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The Georgia Senate runoff election is coming up on Tuesday, January 5th.

Incumbent Republican Senator David Perdue is up against democratic challenger Jon Ossoff, and Senator Kelly Loeffler will face Democrat Reverend Raphael Warnock.

Georgia’s two senate runoffs will decide which party controls the U.S. senate. Most of the country’s lawmakers have been vocal about what’s at stake in the runoffs.

WTOC’s Amanda Aguilar spoke with New Jersey democratic Senator Cory Booker, who the Peach State holds a special place in his heart, as his parents used to live in the state.

Sen. Booker said he’s excited for the state’s runoff because it’s a moment in history where one state has an opportunity to create change for all Americans.

Senator Booker believes in order for America to move forward, there needs to be common ground in the Senate, and said Ossoff and Warnock can help with that.

“Georgia would actually not give anybody the majority in the Senate. They would create a 50/50 Senate and tilt it, not towards Mitch McConnell’s leadership, but democrats, but still 50/50, which will necessitate an era of bipartisanship in the Senate like I think we’ve never seen, in at least my lifetime,” he explained. “That’s why I’m so excited because I have a lot of my friends on the other side of the aisle, that we find things that we agree on but getting those bills to the floor for votes has proved to be very hard.”

Georgia Congressman Buddy Carter is also urging Republicans to head to the polls on January 5.

The congressman released a statement saying a vote for Warnock and Ossoff is what he believes is a vote for socialism.

“We have to elect Kelly Loeffler, we have to elect David Perdue - conservatives who are draining the swamp and are there to make sure that conservative values are followed through: pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, lower taxes, making sure we fund our military,” said Congressman Carter. “We have to save our country.”

In order to vote on election day, you need to take your state-issued I-D to your polling location to vote. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you still have a mail-in absentee ballot, you can drop it off by 7 p.m. on election day at your county’s elections office.

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