#Update: Democrat Jon Ossoff beat Republican David Perdue!
Ossoff has declared victory this morning, and CNN called it.
CNN projected earlier today a repudiation of Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler and her loyalty to future ex-POTUS Trump.
With VP Kamala Harris as the tie-breaking vote, the Democrats with control the Senate as well as the House and the Executive branch.
REAL CHANGE IS POSSIBLE!
Warnock is the first Georgia Democrat elected to the Senate in 20 years, and his election is the culmination of years of voter registration drives conducted by former state House Democratic leader Stacey Abrams and other activists. Biden also won Georgia, the first time for a Democratic presidential candidate since the 90s.
Warnock told CNN,
“When I think about the arc of our history, what Georgia did last night is its own message in the midst of a moment in which so many people are trying to divide our country, at a time we can least afford to be divided.”
Political groups spent over half billion dollars (with a B!) to advertise in these two runoff races, according to Kantar Media/CMAG, averaging more than $8 million per day.
Republicans outspent Democrats by tens of millions of dollars.With the Senate on the line, Trump rallied his supporters in Georgia on Monday, while Biden held an event in Atlanta.
Biden said electing Ossoff and Warnock would end the gridlock in Washington and allow Congress to provide $2,000 stimulus checks to needy Americans.
Raphael Warnock’s victory is historic, heralding a litany of firsts:— POLITICO (@politico) January 6, 2021
• First Black Democrat from Georgia
• First Black Democrat from the South
• First Black pastor from a state below the Mason-Dixon line since Reconstructionhttps://t.co/GTctQMb1jy