Democrats have taken back control of the Senate after Raphael Warnock and John Ossoff completed a stunning sweep of the deciding seats in the special run-off eletion in Geogia, winning the seats from Republican incumbents, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.
The Senate is now split right down the middle 50/50, between Democrats and Republicans, following the results of the elections and Vice President Kamala Harris will cast the deciding vote in contested Senate bills.
“With more than 97% of the vote reported, Mr. Warnock, the senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, led Ms. Loeffler by a 50.5% to 49.5% margin. Mr. Ossoff, an investigative journalist, led Mr. Perdue by a thinner margin — 50.11% to 49.89%,” reports the Washington Times.
Now, with the Democrats winning the Senate, they have a majority in the House and the White House will soon play home to President-elect Joe Biden, meaning that the Democrats will have near-full control over all three legislative bodies and they’ll be tasked with finding quick solutioins to the devastation left behind by the Trump administration, particularly regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We were told that we couldn’t win this election,” Mr. Warnock said. “But tonight we proved that with hope, hard work and the people by our side, anything is possible.”
Warnock, who will become Georgia’s first Black U.S. senator, said he hopes his story will be an inspiration “to some young person who is trying to grasp and grab hold to the American Dream.”
“When all the votes are counted we fully expect that Jon Ossoff will have won this election to represent Georgia in the United States Senate. The outstanding vote is squarely in parts of the state where Jon‘s performance has been dominant,” campaign manager Ellen Foster said in a statement.