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Georgia run-offs LIVE updates: Democrats on brink of Senate control; Joe Biden's US election win to be ratified; Donald Trump to speak at rally - The Sydney Morning Herald

Summary

  • Democrats are within reach of seizing control of the US Senate after Democrat Raphael Warnock narrowly defeated Republican Kelly Loeffler in the Senate run-off in Georgia.
  • In the other run-off contest, Democrat Jon Ossoff is tied with Republican Senator David Perdue on 50 per cent of the vote each.
  • If both Warnock and Ossoff win, the Senate will be tied 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans with Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris able to cast a tie-breaking vote.
  • On Thursday (AEDT), the US Congress will meet to certify Joe Biden's victory in the November election, with more than 100 Republican congress members vowing to object to the results in several states.
  • President Donald Trump has urged his supporters to gather in the capital for a massive protest, raising fears of violence in Washington.

Latest updates

'I can't wait to get to work,' Warnock says after win

Hours after winning one of Georgia’s high-stakes run-offs, the Reverend Raphael Warnock says people in his state “are feeling a sense of hope this morning”.

Speaking in a round of morning television interviews, Warnock noted that he grew up in public housing as one of 12 children and was the first in his family to attend college.

He said his victory “pushes against the grain of so many expectations, but this is America and I want some young person who’s watching this to know anything’s possible”.

Georgia is now in “an incredible place when you think of the arc of our history,” he said.

“This is the reversal of the old southern strategy that sought to divide people,” Warnock said on ABC’s Good Morning America.

“In this moment we’ve got to bring people together to do the hard work and I look forward to doing that.”

He told NBC’s Today that “we can ill-afford to be divided. And I hope to be the pastor among peers in the United States Senate to appeal to the better angels of our nature and to remind us that Dr King was right, we’re tied of a single garment of destiny.”

Warnock defeated Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler.

The other race for the US Senate in Georgia – that one between incumbent Republican Senator David Perdue and Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff – remained too early to call early on Thursday AEDT.

AP

Ossoff claims a win, but race is too early to call

US Senate candidate Jon Ossoff is claiming victory in his race against Republican David Perdue, thanking Georgians for "electing me to serve you".

The Associated Press has not declared a winner in the race between Ossoff and Perdue, which is too early to call.

Ossoff made the comments early on Thursday (AEDT) in a speech on social media, which you can watch below. He said the campaign has been about health, jobs and justice for Georgians.

He added that he intends to serve all people in the state.

Georgia’s two Senate run-off elections will decide control of the US Senate. In the other race, the Reverend Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, defeated incumbent Republican Kelly Loeffler.

AP

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Ossoff holds narrow lead over Perdue in second Georgia race

Georgia’s other run-off election pits Republican Senator David Perdue, a 71-year-old former business executive who held his Senate seat until his term expired on Sunday, against Democrat Jon Ossoff, a former congressional aide and journalist. At just 33 years old, Ossoff would be the Senate’s youngest member.

Ossoff has a narrow lead, but it is too early to call a winner.

With 98 per cent of votes in and counting mostly stopped overnight, Ossoff led Perdue by more than 16,000 votes, or 0.4 percentage points, just shy of the state's 0.5 per cent threshold to avoid a recount.

Georgia senate candidates Jon Ossoff, left, and David Perdue.

Georgia senate candidates Jon Ossoff, left, and David Perdue.

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.

If Ossoff wins, Democrats will have complete control of Congress, strengthening President-elect Joe Biden’s standing as he prepares to take office on January 20.

Winning both contests would give Democrats control of the Senate, creating a 50-50 split and giving Vice President-elect Kamala Harris the tie-breaking vote once she and Biden take office on January 20. The party already has a narrow majority in the US House of Representatives.

If Republicans hold the second seat, they would effectively wield veto power over Biden's political and judicial appointees as well as many of his legislative initiatives in areas such as economic relief from the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, healthcare and criminal justice.

Warnock makes history with Senate win

In the first of the two Senate seats up for grabs in Georgia, Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock narrowly defeated leading Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler.

Ahead by around 35,000 votes or one percentage point by the early hours of the morning, Warnock claimed victory in a video message, saying: "We were told that we couldn’t win this election.

"But tonight we proved that with hope, hard work and the people by our side, anything is possible."

The Democrats' Reverend Raphael Warnock claimed victory against the Republicans' Kelly Loeffler.

The Democrats' Reverend Raphael Warnock claimed victory against the Republicans' Kelly Loeffler.Credit:

Warnock, a 51-year-old Baptist preacher from the historic church of Martin Luther King Jr, will become the first black senator in the history of the deep South state.

He acknowledged his improbable victory in his video message, citing his family’s experience with poverty. His mother, he said, used to pick “somebody else’s cotton” as a teenager.

“The other day, because this is America, the 82-year-old hands that used to pick somebody else’s cotton picked her youngest son to be a United States senator,” he said. “Tonight, we proved with hope, hard work and the people by our side, anything is possible.”

The result was a stinging rebuke of outgoing President Donald Trump, who made one of his final trips in office to Georgia to rally his loyal base behind Loeffler and the Republican running for the other seat, David Perdue.

The Associated Press declared Warnock the winner after an analysis of outstanding votes showed there was no way for Loeffler to catch up to his lead. Warnock’s edge is likely to grow as more ballots are counted, many of which were in Democratic-leaning areas.

Loeffler refused to concede in a brief message to supporters shortly after midnight, local time.

“We’ve got some work to do here. This is a game of inches. We’re going to win this election,” insisted Loeffler, a 50-year-old former businesswoman who was appointed to the Senate less than a year ago by the state’s governor.

With AP

Democrats take first of two Georgia seats

By Megan Levy

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of what's set to be another big day in US politics.

Democrats are now within reach of seizing control of the US Senate and dramatically boosting President-elect Joe Biden's hopes of implementing his policy agenda after taking the first of two crucial Senate contests in Georgia, while the second remains on a knife-edge.

In the first of the two seats, Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock narrowly defeated leading Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler.

In the other Senate run-off contest, Democrat Jon Ossoff was tied with Republican Senator David Perdue on 50 per cent of the vote each. We'll bring you that result as soon as it is projected.

On Thursday (AEDT), the US Congress also will meet to certify Joe Biden's victory in the November presidential election, with more than 100 Republican congress-members vowing to object to the results in several states.

President Donald Trump has also urged his supporters to gather in Washington DC for a massive protest today, raising fears of violence there. There is no prospect that Biden's victory will be overturned by the Congress and he is set to be inaugurated as the 46th US president on January 20.

Stick with us and we'll bring you the latest news as it happens.

The contenders, from left: Kelly Loeffler, Raphael Warnock, David Perdue, Jon Ossoff.

The contenders, from left: Kelly Loeffler, Raphael Warnock, David Perdue, Jon Ossoff.Credit:

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