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The difference that 51 votes in the Georgia runoff make for Democrats

The Georgia Senate runoff is important for a number of reasons. Democrats have the bare 50-vote majority they need to control the Senate. Confirming judges will be a huge priority, given split control of Congress. Republicans will control the House, but only the Senate votes on judges and other confirmations. It’s an insurance policy against the unthinkable — the possibility that vacancies or party switches could flip the majority. This could matter for oversight investigations, which Democrats no longer control in the House.