All eyes are on Georgia, as the Jan 5 runoff election for the state’s two U.S. Senate seats will determine whether Democrats take or Republicans retain majority control. Labor organizations everywhere are pouring resources into the two races in hopes of advancing union interests.
Actor and former Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) Atlanta Local President Ric Reitz made the case for Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock during his appearance on America’s Work Force Union Podcast.
Winning the Senate
Reitz said SAG-AFTRA has done a great deal of work to support the Democratic Senate candidates in Georgia. The union has put out advertisements featuring some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry and has done considerable campaign fundraising.
He said the political advertisements run nearly every commercial break in the Atlanta area, with each of the four candidates pushing hard for support.
Despite the non-stop advertising, Reitz believes most Georgians have made up their mind. Between the baggage being carried by the incumbent Republican candidates and positive polling for the Democrats, he said it is becoming more and more likely Democrats will take the Senate majority.
He also said this race will hinge on voter turnout, as most races do for Democrats. If voter turnout is high, the Democrats will both win. What he fears is the reduced polling locations, shortened early voting period and potentially inclimate weather could make it difficult for some Democrats to make it to the polls.