Jon Ossoff wins Georgia Runoff and palms over management of the Democratic Senate – Houston Public Media
Democrat Jon Ossoff speaks at a rally outside Center Parc Stadium in Atlanta on Monday.
Democrat Jon Ossoff defeated Republican David Perdue in the Georgia runoff election, The Associated Press said on Wednesday, giving the Democrats control of the US Senate.
“I humbly thank the people of Georgia for choosing me to serve you in the United States Senate,” Ossoff said earlier Wednesday.
Perdue, whose term in the Senate ended earlier this week, has not conceded the race.
“Everyone who has cast your vote, everyone who has put your trust in the ability of our democracy to deliver the representation we deserve – whether you were for me or against me – I will be for you in the US Senate “said Ossoff. “I will serve all people of the state.”
Ossoff is the first Jewish Senator from Georgia and will be the youngest sitting US Senator at age 33. His victory coincides with the historic victory of Raphael Warnock, who will take office as the state’s first black senator. They are the first Democrats to win Senate seats in Georgia since 2000.
It will take several days for Georgian drains to be officially certified so they won’t take office right away. Warnock’s tenure is only two years, but Ossoff has won a full six-year tenure in the Senate.
The Senate would be split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, but once Kamala Harris was sworn in as Vice President, she would have the power to break ties with Democrats.
The race was highly competitive and took place after the Democrats successfully flipped the state blue in the presidential race. Both major parties have invested considerable time and resources in gaining control of the Senate.
President-elect Joe Biden stood up for Warnock and Ossoff in the state on Monday, and Harris ran there on Sunday.
Almost $ 500 million was spent promoting the two races between November 4, 2020 and Tuesday, according to ad tracking company AdImpact.
This is Ossoff’s second high profile drain in Georgia. In 2017 he was looking for a seat in the 6th congressional district of the state. That year he lost in the historically republican district by a narrow margin, but remained visible in the politics of Georgia.
Like many Democrats this cycle, much of Ossoff’s campaign focused on the coronavirus pandemic and providing relief to Americans hardest hit by the virus.
In the runoff election, Perdue emphasized his loud support for President Trump, who lost Georgia by less than 12,000 votes.
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