MARIETTA, Ga. — These were the deciders, the voters who shuffled along in lines that began before dawn on Tuesday and continued until long after the sun had set, their ballots the coda to a pair of contests that would determine which political party controls the U.S. Senate.
For weeks, they had been bombarded with ads on television and radio, with text messages and phone calls, all stressing the magnitude of their choices.
“You always hear every election cycle that this vote matters more than anything,” said Jasmine Knapp, 30, who voted — for whom, she would not say — at a polling site in Dalton, about 90 miles north of Atlanta.
“But that feels true this time."
The gravity of the high-stakes contests was reflected in the participation: More than three million people cast their ballots early, or roughly 40 percent of the state’s registered voters — a staggering level of turnout in a runoff election.
”, Jasmine Knapp, —
U.S . Senate
MARIETTA, Ga, Dalton, Atlanta