‘Finally the 5th’: Social media celebrates end to political ad season

Georgia was once again the center of the political and social media world, as thousands of voters headed to the polls Tuesday to decide two U.S. Senate runoffs that will determine whether Republicans or Democrats control the Senate for the next two years.

While there was the usual number of partisan calls to support Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock, or Republican incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, many voters are simply social media happy at political ad reprieves.

Georgia’s two Senate runoffs have been some of the most expensive two months of non-presidential politics in U.S. history, reaching more than $833 million spent in ads and get-out-the-vote efforts.

On Wednesday, a joint session of Congress will count the Electoral College votes and certify Democrat Joe Biden as the winner of November’s presidential election. Wednesday’s congressional joint session to count the electoral votes has taken on added importance this year as Republicans allied with President Donald Trump are pledging to try to undo Biden’s victory.

Biden and President Donald Trump held last-minute campaign rallies in Georgia in the hours ahead of Tuesday’s runoff.

Republicans need to win only one of Georgia’s two Senate seats to maintain their slim majority in the Senate, while Democrats must pick up both seats to force a 50-50 split between the two parties.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, a Democrat, would serve as a tiebreaker.

This story will be updated throughout the day with the latest developments.