Vote-counting continues, but Republicans likely to maintain control of Senate

first_imgIn Georgia, Rev. Raphael Warnock is headed to a January 5, 2021, runoff with Sen. Kelly Loeffler. Sen. David Perdue is currently just over 50% in the other Senate race in that state, but with the remaining votes to be counted in that race, it’s possible that Perdue will also be headed to a runoff against Jon Ossoff. In one possible scenario, those two runoffs could end up determining control of the Senate.Democrat Cal Cunningham narrowly trails Sen. Thom Tillis in North Carolina, but it’s unlikely that the remaining ballots there will push him over the top.The odious Lindsey Graham and Joni Ernst will stay in the Senate. – Advertisement – Once again, the Democrats in the Senate will represent more people than the Republicans in the Senate. But once again, the Republicans are strongly favored to have control of the Senate, highlighting again how undemocratic the U.S. system is and how badly we need major reform. Sen. Susan Collins leads Sara Gideon narrowly in Maine. If Collins remains under 50% of the vote, the 4% of the vote currently going to a third-party candidate will be reallocated and could help Gideon. That’s two big ifs adding up to a very long shot, though. In Michigan, Republican challenger John James narrowly leads Democratic Sen. Gary Peters, but there’s reason to hope that the same mail ballots expected to boost Biden will also boost Peters.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

First NFL game of 2020 gets canceled amid COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgThis also means the Cowboys and Steelers will report to training camp at the same time as the other 30 NFL teams as opposed to an earlier date since the Hall of Fame Game was scheduled to be played a week before the first slate of preseason games.Those reporting dates reportedly will be discussed on call between the NFL and team owners Thursday.The modern-era players who will be enshrined as part of the 2020 class are Troy Polamalu, Isaac Bruce, Edgerrin James, Steve Hutchinson and Steve Atwater. The high-profile matchup of Cowboys vs. Steelers, albeit in a preseason game, will have to wait until 2021.This year’s Hall of Fame Game, the NFL’s annual preseason opener played on Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement weekend in Canton, Ohio, has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with the game, the enshrinement ceremony itself is postponed to next year. The events will take place Aug. 5-9, 2021. As ESPN notes, this is the first event — live game action or otherwise — that the NFL has had to cancel because of the coronavirus in 2020.MORE: NFL medical officer defends viability of seasonAs a public health precaution, all events associated with the 2020 Enshrinement Week Powered by @johnsoncontrols have been rescheduled for August 5 – 9, 2021. The Class of 2020 will be honored in a separate ceremony from the Class of 2021.More:— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) June 25, 2020The Cowboys and Steelers were scheduled to play in the 2020 Hall of Fame Game because a couple of their former coaches, Jimmy Johnson and Bill Cowher, are 2020 inductees as part of the Hall’s Centennial Slate.“The health and safety of our Hall of Famers, fans and volunteers who make Enshrinement Week so special remains our top priority,” said David Baker, president and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “The Hall will honor the Centennial Class of 2020 next August, along with what promises to be an equally spectacular Class of 2021, as part of a multi-day celebration of football with an atmosphere that will deliver for fans ‘Twice the Fun in ’21.’”last_img read more