Edison Research declared Raphael Warnock the projected winner of the Georgia runoff election early Wednesday morning.
Warnock gained an increasing lead over Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler overnight as the final precincts were counted. Warnock received 50.6% of the vote and Loeffler received 49.4%, according to Edison Research.
Warnock gave a live-streamed victory speech late Tuesday night, paying tribute to his mother, saying she used to pick “somebody else’s cotton” as a teenager.
Warnock will be the first Black senator representing Georgia in the state’s history.
Loeffler has yet to concede, telling her supporters late last night, “We’ve got some work to do here. This is a game of inches. We’re going to win this election.”
“We are going to keep fighting for you,” she continued. “This is about protecting the American dream.”
Loeffler will remain a Georgia senator until the results of Tuesday’s election are finalized. She is planning to return to Washington Wednesday morning to join a small group of senators to challenge Congress’ vote to certify President-elect Joe Biden.
Edison Research has not declared a winner in the race against Democrat Jon Ossoff versus Republican David Perdue. Currently, Ossoff is leading with 50.2% of the vote and Perdue 49.8%. Under Georgia law, a trailing candidate may request a recount when the margin of an election is less than or equal to 0.5 percentage points. Currently, 98.8% of the votes have been counted, according to Edison Research.
Ossoff claimed victory Wednesday morning in a televised statement, while the media has not yet called the race.
“Georgia, thank so much for the confidence you have placed in me. I am honored by your support, by your confidence, by your trust and I will look forward to serving you,” Ossoff said.
If Ossoff is declared the winner, Democrats will have complete control of Congress, strengthening Biden’s standing as he prepares to take office on Jan. 20.
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