'Proxy war for all the marbles': HBO's 'Real Time' breaks down the US Senate runoffs in Georgia
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On the season finale of "Real Time" with Bill Maher on HBO, the host examined the January runoffs for both U.S. Senate seats in Georgia.


In a special election, Sen. Kelly Loelffer (R-GA) is being challenged by the Rev. Raphael Warnock, the pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

In the other race, Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) is being challenged by Jon Ossoff, the Democratic nominee who was once a staffer for civil rights icon John Lewis.

Maher said, "Georgia seems to be the proxy war for all the marbles."

Maher explained how the 2020 election results are 50-48 in favor of Republicans, but if Democrats win both races, it would be a 50-50 tie in the Senate -- with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris casting the deciding vote.

Panel guest Alex Wagner, the co-host of "The Circus" on HBO, argued that it would be difficult for Democrats to win as moderates may prefer divided government.

But historian Jon Meacham had a hopeful note for Democrats.

"You know, I just think, you know, once to every man in a nation comes a moment to decide. And this is an existential moment in American democratic -- lowercase 'd' -- history," he explained.

"And we have one more shot at this -- the voters of Georgia have one more shot to get this right," Meacham said.

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