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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“I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today. From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother,” Stitt said in a statement. “That is what I believe and that is what the majority of Oklahomans believe.”
The state legislature first approved the bill, which goes into effect immediately, last week. It bans abortions from the moment of fertilization, except for in cases where rape or incest occurred, or where the mother’s life is in danger.
The law also allows for private citizens to sue doctors or those who participate in “producing an abortion for up to $10,000, mimicking the enforcement mechanism in Texas’s fetal heartbeat law” reports National Review.
Under the new law it is a felony offense to perform an abortion, “which will take effect in August unless a court challenge blocks it.”
Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed into law the most restive abortion ban in the United States. pic.twitter.com/nDjCQcG7UI
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