Warnock declared winner over Loeffler in Georgia as Democrats close in on Senate control
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said about 4.6 million votes were cast in total in the runoff election compared to nearly 5 million in the 2020 general election.
Democrat Raphael Warnock defeated Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler overnight in one of two Georgia Senate runoff races, bringing Democrats one victory away from taking control of the Senate.
In the second contest, incumbent Sen. David Perdue is deadlocked with Democrat Jon Ossoff. Warnock was declared the winner over Loeffler by the Associated Press early Wednesday morning.
If Ossoff wins, Democrats will split with Republicans in having 50 Senate seats, but have control of the chamber because incoming Vice President Kamala Harris will cast tie-breaking votes.
An Ossoff win also gives Democrat Joe Biden, if certified by Congress on Wednesday as president, a powerful position in trying to enact his agenda, having Democrats control the House and Senate.
Georgia law states a trailing candidate can request a recount when the margin of an election win is less than or equal to 0.5 percentage points.
The 51-year-old Warnock becomes the first black senator in Georgia, which in November narrowly voted for Biden over President Trump. Biden’s win marked the first time a Democratic presidential candidate carried the state since 1992.
Warnock is a pastor who has spent the past 15 years leading the Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached, the wire service also reports.
“Tonight, we proved with hope, hard work and the people by our side, anything is possible,” Warnock said in his victory speech.
Loeffler, was appointed to the Senate less than a year ago by the state’s governor, has yet to concede.
“We are going to keep fighting for you,” said the 50-year-old former businesswoman. “This is about protecting the American dream.”
Perdue 71-year-old Perdue is a former business executive. His term officially expired Sunday.
Ossoff, 33, is a former congressional aide and journalist. If Ossoff wins, he would be the Senate’s youngest member.
Under Georgia law, a trailing candidate may request a recount when the margin of an election is less than or equal to 0.5 percentage points.
Trump endorsed both GOP candidates and held a rally in support of their campaigns on Monday evening ahead of the election.
Former President Barack Obama endorsed Ossoff and Warnock. Biden held a drive-in campaign event on Monday in support of the Democratic Senate candidates.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said about 4.6 million votes were cast in total in the runoff election compared to nearly 5 million in the 2020 general election. In comparison, about 2.1 million votes were cast in the 2008 runoff election in Georgia.
He also said that about 17,000 overseas military ballots still need to be counted.
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