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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 BidenDobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' Should deficits matter any more? Biden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate MORE's agenda could be stalled by a Senate led by current Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHumanist Report host criticizes 'conservative Democrats:' They 'hold more power' than progressives Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' Biden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate 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 LoefflerState-level Republicans wracked by division after Trump's loss Limbaugh falsely says Biden didn't win legitimately while reacting to inauguration Suburbs pose challenge for GOP in post-Trump era MORE (R) and David PerdueDavid PerdueState-level Republicans wracked by division after Trump's loss Suburbs pose challenge for GOP in post-Trump era Democrats swear in three senators to gain majority MORE (R) are facing off against Democrats the Rev. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockDobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' Republicans plan voting overhauls after Biden's win Refreshing the tree of liberty MORE and Jon OssoffJon OssoffDobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' Republicans plan voting overhauls after Biden's win Refreshing the tree of liberty 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 HarrisSen. Patrick Leahy returns home after being hospitalized What the shift in Senate control means for marijuana policy reform Vice President Harris receives second dose of COVID-19 vaccine 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.