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Georgia run-offs LIVE updates: Democrats on brink of Senate control; Joe Biden's US election win to be ratified; Pence rejects Trump's pleas - 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 narrowly leads Republican Senator David Perdue.
  • 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.
  • The US Congress is meeting 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 addressed thousands of his supporters at a rally in Washington DC, falsely claiming that he won the presidential election. 
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US Capitol locked down due to protesters

Washington: The US Capitol locked down on Wednesday with lawmakers inside as violent clashes broke out between supporters of President Donald Trump and police.

An announcement was played inside the Capitol as lawmakers were meeting and expected to vote to affirm Joe Biden's victory.

A protest outside of the US Capitol building in Washington.

A protest outside of the US Capitol building in Washington.Credit:Bloomberg

Due to an “external security threat”, no one could enter or exit the Capitol complex, the recording said. Both chambers abruptly went into recess.

The skirmishes occurred outside in the very spot where president-elect Biden will be inaugurated in just two weeks. Protesters tore down metal barricades at the bottom of the Capitol’s steps and were met by officers in riot gear.

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Members of congress being evacuated

CNN and other outlets are now reporting members of congress are being evacuated, it's unclear where they are being taken to.

Trump tells protesters to not hurt police but refuses to order them back from buildings

After egging on his supporters for several hours at the rally, Donald Trump has just tweeted that they should "stay peaceful".

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Senate debate goes into recess due to breach

Washington: The Senate has recessed its debate over an objection to the results of the Electoral College after protesters forced police to lock down the building.

Reporters were told to stay in the Senate’s press gallery as the doors were locked.

Protesters tore down metal barricades at the bottom of the Capitol’s steps and were met by officers in riot gear.

Some tried to push past the officers who held shields and officers could be seen firing pepper spray into the crowd to keep them back.

The skirmishes came just shortly after President Donald Trump addressed thousands of his supporters, riling up the crowd with his baseless claims of election fraud.

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Police call for reinforcements, DC mayor announces 6pm curfew

CNN and other outlets are reporting that Capitol Police have called for their riot squad and other reinforcements to support them after hundreds of protesters have entered the Capitol Building.

There has been a noticeable lack of National Guard or other police which we saw for Black Lives Matter protests late last year.

There have also been reports of some 'suspicious packages' left around some of these buildings.

The Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has also called for a 6pm curfew for the city this evening.

Protesters enter Capitol Building

Some protesters have entered the Capitol Building bypassing security and metal detectors.

US Capitol locked down due to protesters

Washington: The US Capitol locked down on Wednesday with lawmakers inside as violent clashes broke out between supporters of President Donald Trump and police.

An announcement was played inside the Capitol as lawmakers were meeting and expected to vote to affirm Joe Biden's victory.

A protest outside of the US Capitol building in Washington.

A protest outside of the US Capitol building in Washington.Credit:Bloomberg

Due to an “external security threat”, no one could enter or exit the Capitol complex, the recording said. Both chambers abruptly went into recess.

The skirmishes occurred outside in the very spot where president-elect Biden will be inaugurated in just two weeks. Protesters tore down metal barricades at the bottom of the Capitol’s steps and were met by officers in riot gear.

AP

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Capitol Building in lockdown, People in congressional offices told to 'shelter in place'

CNN is reporting the Capitol Building has been put in lockdown with people not allowed to leave or enter.

Some members of congress and media members are tweeting to say they have been told to 'shelter in place' at their offices after reports some protesters, reportedly in over 100, have broken through barriers.

CNN's national security correspondent Alex Marquardt said tear gas has been deployed in some parts near the Capitol Building, he is also reporting not seeing much of a police presence.

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By Roy Ward

G'day everyone. It's Roy Ward and I'll be taking over from Megan Levy who has done a typically outstanding job keeping everyone up to speed this morning on this Georgia senate run-off and the joint session of the congress and senate to count the election vote.

Debate continues on the Senate floor as I make this post while the final votes are being counted in Georgia with both Democrat candidates in the lead.

As always, please feel free to leave a comment on the blog and please enjoy the coverage to come this morning.

Trump supporters try to push past police lines

As Congress listened to McConnell repudiate Trump, some of the President's supporters tried to push past the police lines set up on the steps of the Capitol building, where the Electoral College votes are being certified.

In footage provided on Twitter by The New York Times' reporter Mike Baker, furious men with loudhailers screaming "traitor" try to rip open the barricades. This was shortly after Trump called on his supporters to march towards the Capitol.

US Capitol Police has evacuated two buildings on the Hill, the Madison Library and the Cannon House Office Building, as hundreds of protesters head towards the Capitol.

McConnell says overruling election would 'damage our republic forever'

In an emotional speech to the joint session of Congress, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said overruling the presidential election would "damage our republic forever".

“I’ve served 36 years in the Senate – this will be the most important vote I’ve ever cast,” McConnell said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.Credit:Bloomberg

McConnell noted that he supported US President Donald Trump and his bid to contest election results in the courts.

“But, my colleagues, nothing before us proves illegality anywhere near the massive scale – the massive scale – that would have tipped the entire election,” he said.

“Nor can public doubt alone justify a radical break when the doubt itself was incited without any evidence.

“Voters, the courts, and the states have all spoken – they’ve all spoken,” McConnell said. “If we overrule them, it would damage our republic forever.”

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