Democrats are closing in on taking the Senate after winning one of two crucial runoff elections in GA, according to Fox News.
Rev. Raphael Warnock is projected to defeat incumbent GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler while the second contest remains neck-and-neck.
“Georgia, I am honored by the faith that you have shown in me, and I promise you this tonight: I am going to the Senate to work for all of Georgia, no matter who you cast your vote for in this election,” Warnock said.
Democrats will need to win both of the races to flip the senate.
The contest between David Perdue and Jon Ossoff is still too close to call. tens of thousands of votes are still being counted.
DeKalb County, a Democratic stronghold, was experiencing technical difficulties therefore an election official said that 19,000 remaining ballots will be “manually scanned in order to be tabulated and added to the total vote count.”
“The outstanding vote is squarely in parts of the state where Jon’s performance has been dominant,” Ossoff’s campaign manager Ellen Foster said.
“As we’ve said repeatedly over the last several weeks and as recently as this evening, this is an exceptionally close election that will require time and transparency to be certain the results are fair and accurate and the voices of Georgians are heard,” the Perdue campaign said.
If Ossoff defeats Perdue, Democrats would secure a 50-50 split in the upper chamber, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris then casting tie-breaking votes.
“Congratulations to our next U.S. Senator,” former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams wrote in a tweet. “Soon, he will walk those august halls and cast votes as a leader with courage, justice and integrity. God bless you and keep you in your service to us all.”
Congratulations to our next U.S. Senator, @ReverendWarnock. Last January, I endorsed my dear friend in his quest to serve. Soon, he will walk those august halls & cast votes as a leader with courage, justice and integrity.
God bless you and keep you in your service to us all. pic.twitter.com/lzdDxRA5zv
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) January 6, 2021
Loeffler said, “We’re gonna make sure every vote is counted,” she told supporters from an election watch party in Atlanta. “Every legal vote will be counted. And I’m not gonna stop working.”
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With control of the Senate hanging in the balance, the stakes for the twin contests were astronomical, eliciting national attention and hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign spending in just two months to a once reliably red state that’s become a must-win battleground. In November, Joe Biden defeated President Trump in Georgia by less than 12,000 votes out of the 5 million cast in the state, winning 16 electoral votes. Both Biden and Trump campaigned in the state on Monday.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, appointed Loeffler to the Senate a year ago to replace former GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson, who resigned due to health reasons. Warnock will serve the remaining two years of that term and will need to run for reelection for a full six-year term in 2022.
Georgia’s rules on recounts allow a losing candidate to request one if the race is within half a percentage point. As of 7 a.m. EST Wednesday, Warnock had 50.6% of the vote and Ossoff had 50.2% with 98% of the results reported, according to Fox News projections.