ossof wins georgia

U.S. Senate Control Goes to Democrats, Ossoff Defeats Perdue in Georgia

Democrat Jon Ossoff beat Republican David Perdue in one of Georgia’s two Senate runoffs, AP projected on Wednesday, sealing his party’s control of Congress and the White House.

Democrat Raphael Warnock is projected to defeat GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler in the state’s other runoff, a special election to serve in the Senate through 2022.

The victories set up a 50-50 split in the Senate, giving Democrats a slim majority with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ tiebreaking vote.

In declaring victory Wednesday morning, the 33-year-old Ossoff thanked Georgia voters “for the confidence and the trust that you have placed in me.” He called on the Senate to move to “beat this virus and rush economic relief to the people of our state and to the American people.”

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