Following late-night into early morning vote tabulations, the two pivotal Senate seats for Georgia have been called, thus ending months of speculation and campaigning.
Democrat Raphael Warnock is the projected victor this morning over Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.). The decision makes the 51-year-old Baptist minister the first African American senator in Georgia history. He leads by 54,000 votes (a 1.2 percent margin) in a nationalized contest that saw landmark campaign spending and turnout, according to THE HILL.
In the second race, Democrat Jon Ossoff, a 33-year-old media producer, defeated former Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) by 16,000 votes (a 0.37 percent margin), just inside the necessary 0.5 percent margin that would trigger a recount, potentially delaying any immediate official resolution of the race.
In related news, Senator Charles (Chuck) Schumer (D-NY) this morning declared a Democratic majority in the Senate. This ends the six-year reign of Senator Addison Mitchell (Mitch) McConnell (R-KY), who is expected to assume the role of Senate Minority Leader.
The outcome of the Georgia races now means Democrats have control of the White House and both chambers of Congress (although with a very narrow margin in the House and technically a 50-50 tie in the Senate). The previous time Democrats had this control was from 2009 to 2011, when Democrats controlled the upper and lower chambers during the 111th Congress, alongside President Barack Obama, according to the US House or Representatives’ History, Art and Archives. Single party control of Congress and occupancy of the White House, also called a “trifecta,” has occurred many times in history.
Photo depicts Senators-elect Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. (Credit: LOS ANGELES TIMES)
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