- 上院（後出 senator は上院議員、House (of Representatives)は下院）
- runoff (contest)
- 民主党員（後出 Republican は共和党員、GOP (= Grand Old Party) は共和党の愛称）
- (be) projected to ～
- have a lock on ～
- 多数派（後出 majority leader は多数党院内総務）
- secure ～
- command ～
- vice president-elect
- 次期副大統領（後出 (be) elected ～は～に選ばれる）
- cast a tie-breaking vote
- firm grasp on ～
- fall short
- wield power
- (be) forced into ～
- make gains on ～
- (be) fueled by ～
Fight for Senate control awaits in Georgia after Biden's win
WASHINGTON (AP) — Control of the U.S. Senate won't be decided until a January runoff in Georgia, even after Democrat Joe Biden was projected to win the White House on Nov. 7.
That post-election cliff-hanger will determine the balance of power in Washington, as neither party has a lock on a Senate majority.
Republicans secured 50 Senate seats to Democrats' 48 after the election on Nov. 3. Still, the GOP needs at least one of the two Georgia seats to command a majority. In a 50-50 Senate, Democrat Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would cast the tie-breaking vote, and with their control of the House, Democrats would have a firm grasp on power in Washington.
But if Democrats fall short, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, could wield the power to check Biden's ambitions.
The two Senate seats in Georgia were forced into the Jan. 5 runoff contests after no candidate reached the 50% threshold needed to win outright in multi-candidate races.
The state is closely divided, with Democrats making gains on Republicans, fueled by a surge of new voters. But no Democrat has been elected senator in some 20 years in Georgia.