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@irwin posted:

Why would someone from Georgia vote in these runoffs and vote for one Democrat and one Republican?

I'm viewing more as voting against Loeffler.  Republicans still win Georgia and usually fairly easily.  But I'm thinking many think Loeffler is toxic and want her out of there.  Her opponent is very popular in Georgia and his is a black man and pollsters like Stacy Abrams did turn out the black  vote in record numbers this general election so my theory is most Georgians will vote to keep Perdue but jettison Loeffler.  Just a theory.

I'm viewing more as voting against Loeffler.  Republicans still win Georgia and usually fairly easily.  But I'm thinking many think Loeffler is toxic and want her out of there.  Her opponent is very popular in Georgia and his is a black man and pollsters like Stacy Abrams did turn out the black  vote in record numbers this general election so my theory is most Georgians will vote to keep Perdue but jettison Loeffler.  Just a theory.

I hope you're half right!

If you're whole right I think Democrats will wind up offering Collins the moon to declare herself an independent and caucus with the Dems.  I don't know if she would take it, though.

I'm very well acquainted with unsavory language, yet I have little ability accurately to put into words my loathing for McConnell or the destruction I believe his rule of the Senate and Senate Republicans has caused.

There will be, on both sides, some heavy "get out the vote" efforts.  You won't be able to watch television in Georgia without being pummeled by political ads.

Collins and Murkowski will yield much power for sure, and may swing a vote here and there. They are not likely to caucus with the Democrats.  On the other hand, Joe Manchin of West Virginia is a Democrat who sometimes votes with the Republicans. He's up for re-election in 2024.  He's around 73--he may well run for re-election.  We shall see.

@irwin posted:

There will be, on both sides, some heavy "get out the vote" efforts.  You won't be able to watch television in Georgia without being pummeled by political ads.

Collins and Murkowski will yield much power for sure, and may swing a vote here and there. They are not likely to caucus with the Democrats.  On the other hand, Joe Manchin of West Virginia is a Democrat who sometimes votes with the Republicans. He's up for re-election in 2024.  He's around 73--he may well run for re-election.  We shall see.

Manchin voted to convict and remove Trump from office (and against 2 Trump SC nominees). He is (or was) the most popular state politician in WV, but could never withstand a Republican primary.

I agree the most likely scenario is no deals are struck.

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