Despite the lies from outgoing President Donald Trump and his allies, the 2020 presidential election is over, with President-elect Joe Biden winning 306 electoral votes, well over the 270 vote requirement to take the White House.
But while the presidency has been decided, an unlikely pair of runoff races will determine which party controls the Senate in 2021—a factor that will have a major impact on the effectiveness of the Biden administration.
The state of Georgia went blue in the 2020 election for the first time since 1992, and the race between Incumbent Senator David Perdue (R-GA) and Democrat Jon Ossoff was slim enough to go to runoff. That runoff joins the special election runoff between incumbent Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and Democratic candidate, Reverend Raphael Warnock.
The votes in Georgia have been counted no fewer than three times and a signature audit of Cobb County found no fraudulent signatures.
Nevertheless, the President has frequently railed against Georgia's state leaders to the point that they're receiving death threats and pro-Trump figures are calling for Georgia Republicans to sit out of the runoffs.
These elections will be held on January 5th, but if one Trump official had his way, they would come much later.
White House Trade Advisor Peter Navarro fired off a tweet calling for the postponement of the Georgia runoff elections, citing thousands of absentee votes "lost" to Trump.
Navarro included a link to a paper by Department of Justice statistics advisor John R. Lott, which claimed that a drop in Trump's support between in-person votes and mail-in votes in heavily-blue Fulton County was evidence of fraud.
It's long been established that mail-in ballots nationwide skewed toward Biden thanks to the Trump administration's months-long smear campaign against the 150+ year old institution of voting by mail. Trump and his allies repeatedly fought against pandemic-induced mail voting expansion in court and falsely claimed the process was rife with fraud.
Trump's own Justice Department—for which Lott works—found no evidence of widespread voter fraud in its investigation.
Navarro's tweet was ridiculed across Twitter.
Some Twitter users—who may or may not be Trump supporters—urged Georgia Republicans not to vote in a so-called fraudulent election.
If Democrats win both runoffs in Georgia next week, the Senate will be tied with 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans, leaving votes along party lines decided by Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris.
Georgia is already seeing stratospheric turnout in early voting.