by Byron Lafayette
Many in the Republican Party were dismayed to hear about the twin losses the GOP suffered in Georgia yesterday, which saw both Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue defeated. This leaves the U.S. Senate split 50/50 on both the Democratic and Republican side, with Vice President Kamala Harris being responsible for casting the tie-breaking vote.
A split Senate is very rare, and indeed has only happened three times in the nation’s history, with the most recent time being in 2001, when it was split for only six months. A previous time was in 1954 due to a senator’s death and lasted only a few months. The third time was in 1881 and lasted the full two years.
Now, many will say, well, this is not a big deal, as the Democrats control the Senate only due to Harris casting the tie-breaking vote and that is that. However, as I showed above this is truly unprecedented as we have not had a tied-up Senate that lasted for two years since 1881.