LIVE: Georgia Secretary of State Holds News Conference on Election Recount in Atlanta

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    (Nov. 30) Watch live as Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger holds a news conference on the state’s ongoing election recount in Atlanta, Georgia, on Monday, November 30, 2020.

    Democrats’ chances to win Georgia’s two Senate seats — and control of the U.S. Senate — could hinge on motivating voters under 30 to beat their record turnout in the general election.

    While Republicans are more focused on overall turnout in this usually conservative state, Democrats are systematically reaching out to young people who helped Joe Biden flip Georgia blue. This demographic, 56% of which voted for Biden, will be key to helping Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock beat Republican incumbent Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.

    The U.S. Senate would be split 50-50 if Democrats win the two Jan. 5 runoffs, which would give Kamala Harris, as vice president, the tie-breaking vote to clinch the majority.

    The stakes are high for Biden’s agenda, since a Republican-led Senate would be able to bury legislation passed by the Democratic-led House. Yet getting young people to the polls is always challenging, and older people tend to be more reliable voters than young people — with 56% of voters 65 and older going for Republican Donald Trump in Georgia.

    Add to that the fact that voting tends to drop off heavily in special elections, and those are factors that tend to favor the Republican candidates.

    Democrats remain optimistic. There are 23,000 Georgia teenagers who were not eligible to vote in the general election but will have turned 18 in January, according to the Civics Center, an organization focused on registering high schoolers to vote. Jacinda Jackson, who leads the Young Democrats of DeKalb county, calls them “the margin.”

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