Democrats win Ga. runoff elections for the Senate

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The Ga. runoff elections on Jan. 5 led to historic victories. Democrat Raphael Warnock, who defeated Republican Kelly Loeffler, became the first Black senator from the state.

Democrat Jon Ossoff, who won out over David Perdue in a narrow margin, became the first Jewish senator from Ga. and, at age 33, will be the youngest member of the Senate when he is sworn in. 

These runoff victories gave Democrats control of the Senate in the new year. Typically, Ga. has been a Republican state, and Ossoff and Warnock  are the first Democrats to win the Senate race in the state since 2000. 

Rev. Warnock will be in office for two years, but Ossoff has won a full, six-year term in the Senate. 

Ossoff and Warnock’s victory were highly unexpected, especially considering Ossoff, who had never held public office, defeated Perdue, who had just completed his first term as Senator. 

Perdue received over 88,000 more votes than Ossoff, while Loeffler and other Republican candidates received more votes than Warnock in the special election. Rev. Warnock ended up with most of the vote, which was 33 percent overall. 

Ossoff and Warnock will not be taking office immediately, as it will take several days for the Ga. runoff election to be officially certified.

“Everybody who cast your ballot, everybody who put your faith and confidence in our democracy’s capacity to deliver the representation that we deserve — whether you were for me, or against me — I’ll be for you in the U.S. Senate,” Ossoff said on Jan. 6, according to the Associated Press. “I will serve all the people of the state.”