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Democracy In Action: Kamala Harris Performed Poorly As A Candidate. Now She’s The Most Powerful Person In The Party

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Dylan Housman Healthcare Reporter
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With the victories of incoming Democratic Georgia Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in the Jan. 5 runoff races, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will now hold the tie-breaking vote in a 50-50 United States Senate for at least the first two years of the Biden administration. 

Harris, who some speculate would already have had outsized influence in the White House, can now wield a de facto veto power over the Democrats’ legislative agenda. Her rise in just the last year has been meteoric, with Democrats’ Georgia win marking almost 13 months to the day the former senator from California suspended her own failed presidential campaign.