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.
Hot off press, new Lott study estimates 11,350 absentee votes lost to @potus Trump in Georgia. Another 289,000 "excess (fraudulent) votes" across GA, AZ, MI, NV, PA, WI. As promised this a.m. on Bannon's War Room. Postpone GA Cesspool election!! https://t.co/geqEhnKqCR
— Peter Navarro (@RealPNavarro) December 29, 2020
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.
Hot off press, Hugo Chavez released new software code that changes Trump votes to empanadas! Yum!
— Notorious (@realworldrj) December 30, 2020
gee, I wonder if Trump constantly telling people not to vote by mail had any impact on his "loss" of mail in votes??
— PolittleCat #WearAMask (@purrfection2015) December 30, 2020
Oh sure Pete. Btw, I'm the real pope. 😜
— Tigeristheman (@JayE59319341) December 30, 2020
Good luck with your future endeavors. pic.twitter.com/yzaz4uPDDI
— TarHeelForLife (@JoeNanney) December 30, 2020
I also heard martians live amongst us.
— Rene for Heather (@RIP_Heather) December 30, 2020
Some Twitter users—who may or may not be Trump supporters—urged Georgia Republicans not to vote in a so-called fraudulent election.
Georgia Republicans! Listen to Peter Navarro and DO NOT VOTE in the runoffs. It will help Donald Trump prove fraud!
— not_productive (@not_productive) December 30, 2020
He's right! If you believe this nonsense, don't vote!
— A Major Dude (@MajorDudeage) December 30, 2020
I am not voting in rigged election! pic.twitter.com/KmSWHdxp3h
— Fight Back! We The People (@magawarrior1776) December 29, 2020
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.