The Rev. Raphael Warnock defeated Senator Kelly Loeffler, becoming the first Black Democrat elected to the Senate from the South. And Jon Ossoff, the 33-year-old head of a video production company who has never held public office, defeated David Perdue, who recently completed his first full term as senator.
Both Democrats now lead their defeated Republican opponents by margins that are larger than the threshold required to trigger a recount under Georgia law.
Democrat Raphael Warnock has been projected to win his Senate race in Georgia beating Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, and fellow Dem Jon Ossoff is currently leading in his race against GOP Sen. David Perdue by 17,000+ votes.
The remaining votes to be counted are mainly in Democratic strongholds, so it’s expected that Ossoff and Warnock will only increase their leads.
At a news conference, Gabriel Sterling, a top official from the Georgia secretary of state’s office, refers to Jon Ossoff as “Senator to be, probably, Ossoff.” Sterling says he anticipates that all but a few votes will be counted by 1 p.m. today and that Jon Ossoff will very likely defeat David Perdue.
With more than 60,000 absentee votes uncounted, mostly from Democratic-leaning counties, a Georgia elections official says Ossoff is the likely winner and no recount will likely be necessary.
Democrat Jon Ossoff, who is taking on Republican Sen. David Perdue, took in more than $106 million from Oct. 15 through Dec. 16, according to his latest campaign finance report.
The Rev. Raphael Warnock, the Democrat trying to unseat Sen. Kelly Loeffler, was close behind with a little over $103 million.
Perdue reported $68 million over the same two-month span, with Loeffler collecting just under $64 million. Three of the campaigns reported their financial data on Thursday. Loeffler submitted hers a day earlier.
The two races will determine which party will control the Senate in 2021.
If the Democrats win both seats, there will be 50 Dems and 50 Republicans in the chamber, but with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris – who serves as president of the Senate – control would swing to the Democrats.
Everyone following politics these days is focusing on tomorrow’s race in Georgia for the state’s 6th Congressional seat where Republican Karen Handel is in a tight, tight race with Democrat Jon Ossoff.
Polls show Ossoff with a small lead heading into election day, and the political rhetoric reflects that as Handel’s surrogates are spouting brash, baseless lines to her supporters to gin up votes at the ballot box.
Worst of the bunch is Brad Carver, GOP chairman of the neighboring 11th Congressional District in Georgia, who speaking about the recent shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise told the Washington Post, “I’ll tell you what: I think the shooting is going to win this election for us.”
Additionally, President Trump made a pitch to his followers this morning with this tweet.
The Dems want to stop tax cuts, good healthcare and Border Security.Their ObamaCare is dead with 100% increases in P’s. Vote now for Karen H
Democrat Jon Ossoff will head into a run off with Republican Karen Handel on June 20 for Georgia’s 6th Congressional seat vacated by now Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.
Ossoff fell just short of the 50 percent threshold that would have clinched the seat outright. Ossoff garnered 48.1% of the vote in a heavily Republican district. Handel, who got the second highest number of votes, trailed far behind with 19.8%.
To frame what a big scare this is to Republicans, and to President Trump, Price won his seat last November with 62% of the vote. Mitt Romney won the district by 23 points. But, Trump barely eeked out a win there with a one point margin.
Clearly, the lopsided voting last night was a referendum on the first 100 days of the Trump administration.
Democrats were so engaged in the special election, Ossoff raised over $8.3 million – more than four times his nearest competitor.
Ossoff issued this statement last night:
“This is already a remarkable victory. We defied the odds, shattered expectations, and now are ready to fight on and win in June.”
In a sign of how worried President Trump was about the race, he tweeted four times in less than 24 hours about the race.
This morning, Trump tried to frame the second place showing by Handel as a “win:”
Despite major outside money, FAKE media support and eleven Republican candidates, BIG “R” win with runoff in Georgia. Glad to be of help!
While Ossoff has never held office, the 30 year-old has the bona fides to validate his run: grew up in Georgia, earned his undergrad degree from prestigious Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics; was a national security aide to Rep. Hank Johnson; and he interned for Rep. John Lewis.
I watched Ossoff make an appearance yesterday on a cable news channel and was very impressed. He’s clearly in his element.
In theory, Ossoff will lead the pack today. Only question is can he get to 50% and avoid a runoff?
If he’s forced to a runoff, expect all the Republicans to pull together against him, and that could be tough. Republican Karen Handel has consistently held the number two spot in polls. I would imagine she would head into a runoff with Ossoff were he not able to cross the 50% threshold.