ATLANTA – The battle for the US Senate that will not stop dragging on for a bit longer: As of Wednesday morning, no winner has been thrown in Georgia’s pair of second-round races, leaving Senate control in the tunes as an election officials continue to count the votes.
GOP Meaning. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are locked in tight races with their Democratic challengers, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. With over 97% of the vote counted statewide, Perdue had a slim lead over Ossoff – less than 1,000 votes – and Warnock led Loeffler by just under a percentage point.
Just after midnight, Loeffler took the stage at the largely unmasked Georgia GOP election night in Atlanta to tell the crowd she was planning to fight.
“We have a path to victory,” Loeffler said. “We’re going to make sure every vote – every legal vote – is counted.”
That vow failed to phase Warnock, who declared victory in remarks broadcast live less than 20 minutes later. “We were told we couldn’t win this election,” Warnock said. “Tonight we have proven that with hope, hard work and people by our side, anything is possible.”
“I promise you tonight – I’m going to the Senate to work for all of Georgia.
Neither Ossoff nor Perdue chose to speak on election night.
With some 4.3 million votes counted, the remainder are largely to be found in the strong Democratic counties of Metro Atlanta and the coastal city of Savannah. This gives Warnock a way to maintain or extend their lead over Loeffler and give Ossoff a way to get past Perdue. The outstanding ballots are largely mailed, many of which come from military personnel serving overseas. Very few remained in the heavily Republican parts of the state, which GOP senators needed to return in force to win.
The counting process in Georgia went much faster for the second round than it did for the November 3 general election, in which it took several days for President-elect Joe Biden to be cast as the winner of the electoral votes in the ‘State.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday evening, Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said he expected the results to be known tomorrow at midday.
It’s likely that a recount will materialize in the next few days, at least for one of the races in the second round. Under Georgian law, a candidate can request a recount – paid for by the state – if there is a margin of 0.5% or less between the two candidates.
After the November election, the presidential results were recounted twice, by hand and by machine, after Biden defeated Donald Trump by 13,500 votes. That margin barely changed, with Biden leading by nearly 12,000 votes after the two recounts.
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