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Georgia Senate Runoff Results: Media projects Warnock win, Ossoff-Perdue too close to call

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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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Biden’s Poor Polling and Harris’ Low Electability Rating Could Have Democrats Considering ‘Nuclear Option’

Behind-the-scenes discussion of how Democrats could arrive at a third option for the next election is underway

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With polls consistently showing a poor approval rating for President Joe Biden at below 40 percent, and a recent poll put Kamala Harris’ electability at only 28 percent, Democrats are in full panic mode.

Behind-the-scenes discussion of how Democrats could arrive at a third option for the next election is underway. Operatives are preparing for the possibility of a contested presidential primary in which other would-be nominees take on Ms. Harris, but that could be damaging for the party” reports the Telegraph.

Therefore, Democrats are allegedly whispering about a potential “nuclear option” that would call for current Vice President Harris to be nominated to the Supreme Court. The Telegraph writes that “while the scenario is highly improbable, and perhaps a reflection of a Washington rumor mill in overdrive, the fact it has come up at all shows the depths of the predicament the Biden administration currently finds itself in, amid rising inflation, a stalled domestic agenda, and foreign policy disasters.”

The theory in question would call for President Biden to nominate Harris to the Supreme Court in the event a seat opens in the next three years during his administration. Biden could then use “Section 2 of the 25thAmendment to nominate a more popular vice president”, adds the Telegraph.

Under Section 1 of the 25th Amendment, that new vice president could assume the presidency if Biden were to step down while president. They would then become the Democratic nominee in the 2024 presidential election. That same individual could also be the presumptive Democratic nominee in 2024 if Biden chooses not to run for re-election.

One piece of information that is wetting Democrats’ whistle is that current Supreme Court Justice Breyer has said he does not “want to stay on the Supreme Court until I die.”

The Telegraph notes that “the discussion over potential successors to Mr. Biden is highly unusual less than a year into an administration.”

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