As Raphael Warnock has secured one of the two senate seats in Georgia, the focus now shifts to the as-now-undecided contest between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican David Perdue.
The Associated Press reported that Ossoff was holding on to a small lead as of Wednesday morning, though it was still too early to call the race. The outlet continued by saying that under Georgia law, a candidate who is trailing can request a recount when the margin between them is less than or equal to 0.5 percentage points.
Ossoff must win if the Democrats are to flip the Senate and gain control of Congress, strengthening President-elect Joe Biden’s standing as he prepares to take office on January 20.
This week’s elections mark the final stage in an otherwise turbulent 2020 election season—a conclusion that has taken place two months after the nation had finished voting. Georgia, a once Republican state, has now transformed into something of a battleground state where Republicans will no longer be able to assume they have the state’s votes.
Johny Verhovek quoted Mitt Romney in a tweet that read:
“‘It turns out telling voters the election is rigged is not a good way to turn out your voters,’ @MittRomney says of the Georgia election results.”
The AP reported:
Warnock’s victory is a symbol of a striking shift in Georgia’s politics as the swelling number of diverse, college-educated voters flex their power in the heart of the Deep South. It follows Biden’s victory in November, when he became the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state since 1992.
Even though Warnock has been announced the victor, Loeffler has refused to concede the race, saying: “We’ve got some work to do here. This is a game of inches. We’re going to win this election.”
Loeffler, additionally, said that she would be returning to Washinngton Wednesday morning to join a small group of senators planning to challenge the veracity of Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
Georgia’s second runoff election features Perdue—a 71-year-old former business executive—and Ossoff, a former congressional aide and journalist. At just 33 years old, Ossoff, if elected, would be the youngest member of the Senate.
“This campaign has been about health and jobs and justice for the people of this state — for all the people of this state,” Ossoff said in a speech broadcast on social media Wednesday morning. “Whether you were for me, or against me, I’ll be for you in the U.S. Senate. I will serve all the people of the state.”
Emma Kinery took to Twitter, reporting: “Jon Ossoff’s lead over David Perdue continues to grow as more votes are counted. With 99% of precincts reporting, Ossoff leads Perdue by 17,025 votes, 50.2% to 49.8%.”
President Donald Trump, however, has been pushing back against the results of the election, saying that they were rigged. There has yet to be substantial evidence provided to support this claim, but Trump insists that the American election process is worse than that of a Third World country when he tweeted: “They just happened to find 50,000 ballots late last night. The USA is embarrassed by fools. Our Election Process is worse than that of third world countries!”
Trump continued with a flurry of tweets, starting with: “The States want to redo their votes. They found out they voted on a FRAUD. Legislatures never approved. Let them do it. BE STRONG!”
And: “These scoundrels are only toying with the @sendavidperdue (a great guy) vote. Just didn’t want to announce quite yet. They’ve got as many ballots as are necessary. Rigged Election!”
As it is likely that the Democrats will control both Congress and the presidency in the coming weeks, it will be interesting to see whether the media and the populace hold Biden to the same impossible standards to which they held Trump for the past four years.