Record number of ballots requested in Georgia runoff election

A record number of absentee ballots are reportedly being requested for Georgia’s crucial Senate runoff races after the nation already broke records on mail-in voting for the Nov. 3 elections.

More than 762,000 absentee ballots have already been requested in the Peach State, according to WSB-TV, triple the amount of ballots requested in all of the state’s elections in 2018. 

The two Senate contests on Jan. 5 will determine control over the upper chamber. Democrats would have to win both to take the majority.

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Both parties are leaning into the race, with Democrats saying President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden and Harris host 'family' Hanukkah celebration with more than 150 guests Symone Sanders to leave the White House at the end of the year Overnight Defense & National Security — Senate looks to break defense bill stalemate MORE's agenda could be stalled by a Senate led by current Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Memo: Trump's justices look set to restrict abortion Conservatives could force shutdown over Biden vaccine mandate Freedom Caucus urges McConnell to block government funding over vaccine mandates MORE (R-Ky.). Republicans argue that keeping the Senate in GOP hands is key as a last line of defense against Democrats, who will hold the White House and the House majority. 

Georgia has leaned red in Senate elections, but Biden's slim win in the state has given Democrats new hope. 

Former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, whose efforts to register voters is credited with helping Biden flip the historically red state, celebrated the record number of absentee ballots on Twitter. 

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Georgia Sens. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerSenate GOP worries Trump could derail bid for majority Perdue mulling primary challenge against Kemp in Georgia: report McConnell backs Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate race MORE (R) and David PerdueDavid PerdueStacey Abrams launches campaign for Georgia governor Democrats anxious over Abrams silence on Georgia governor bid The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Gosar censured as GOP drama heightens MORE (R) are facing off against Democrats the Rev. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockOvernight Defense & National Security — Austin mandates vaccine for Guardsmen Biden signs four bills aimed at helping veterans Democrats anxious over Abrams silence on Georgia governor bid MORE and Jon OssoffJon OssoffDemocrats anxious over Abrams silence on Georgia governor bid Perdue on possible run for Georgia governor: 'I'm concerned about the state of our state' Top Senate Democrat calls on attorney general to fire prisons chief MORE, respectively. Both of Georgia’s Senate races were forced into runoffs after none of the candidates clinched 50 percent of the vote in the November election.

The GOP currently holds 50 seats compared to the Democrats’ 48. If Democrats win both Georgia seats, Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSymone Sanders to leave the White House at the end of the year Bidens to attend Kennedy Center Honors following Trumps' absence Trump: McConnell must use debt limit to crush Biden agenda MORE would be able to cast the deciding vote in the upper chamber.

A record number of Georgians voted by mail in the Nov. 3 election due to the coronavirus pandemic, WSB-TV noted.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) certified the state’s election results after a hand recount of the state’s 5 million ballots showed Biden leading by more than 12,000 votes. The Trump campaign filed for a new recount in the state on Saturday.