Polls close in Georgia vote, US Senate in balance

Polls closed Tuesday evening in a pair of critical election runoffs in Georgia, whose outcome will decide who controls the US Senate and shape the early course of Joe Biden’s presidency. The hard-fought races have brought the international spotlight onto this southern state, nine weeks after the most tumultuous US election in two decades. Democrats need both their candidates, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, to prevail in order to snatch the Senate from the Republicans. Outgoing President Donald Trump’s party needs either Kelly Loeffler or David Perdue to hold their seat to preserve its majorit…

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