Today the state of Georgia essentially holds the structure of our government for the next few years in its hands. The runoff election for Georgia Senate takes place today, after neither candidate gained 50% of the states vote during the November election.
Today’s events will decide which political party holds the majority in the Senate. Both Georgia Senate seats are available for the Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock are looking to gain Democratic control in the Senate. Just one of these men losing to incumbent Republicans Sen. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, will keep the Republican Majority.
Keep checking for updates on the election.
At 7 P.M. EST Polls around the state of Georgia closed, due to some issues during the day select counties stayed open slightly longer. Once ballots began coming in county by county, there was quickly a very large lead by both Democratic Candidates. As the night continued on and more of the smaller, largely republican counties started reporting their votes the lead by both Democratic Candidates rapidly shrunk and eventually turned into both of the Republican Candidates leading in the state.
At approximately 2 a.m. CNN called the Senate Race of Warnock and Loeffler, projecting that Warnock would win his senate race for Georgia.
Warnock will be making history as the first Black Senator in Georgia.
As of 8:30 A.M. EST on January 6th, the second senate race has yet to be called on Perdue and Ossoff. The margins between the two men are too close to call although Ossoff does have the lead and the remaining counties are predominantly Democratic, such as DeKalb, Fulton, and Chatham County.
Around 4:30 P.M. EST, Ossoff officially defeated Perdue in the Georgia Senate race. His victory creates a 50-50 split in the United States Senate, upon Democratic and Republican Senators. This ensures the Democrats the Senate Majority because the deciding vote between the two parties comes to the the new head of the Senate, Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris.