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Democrat Raphael Warnock wins the Georgia Senate runoff


Democratic Reverend Raphael Warnock won his runoff race against Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler last night to become the first black senator in the state's history.

Meanwhile, Democrat Jon Ossof led Republican incumbent David Perdue with 12,806 votes in the early hours of Wednesday. All signs point to a Democratically run Senate being turned over to President-elect Joe Biden.

President Donald Trump tweeted bitterly all night as morning fell on the likelihood of a Senate split between 50 and 50 and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris held the tie.

& # 39; Looks like they are setting up a big "polling station" against the Republican candidates. Do you wait to see how many votes do you need? & # 39; The president tweeted amid a series of unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud.

Georgia has become a political hub since the November general election when Republicans desperately tried to keep their crucial Senate majority in a traditionally red state after losing the White House.

But the state elected its first Democratic senator in 20 years on a stinging charge by the GOP.

Warnock told supporters, "Because this is America, the 82-year-old hands who used to pick someone else's cotton went to the polls and chose their youngest son to be the United States Senator."

Earlier when Loeffler made her remarks, she refused to admit, while Purdue's campaign said, "This is an exceptionally narrow election that requires time and transparency to ensure the results are fair and accurate and that the Georgians' voices are heard."

Warnock proudly told followers about his deep Georgia roots and family members, including his mother. He also quoted Scripture and Martin Luther King Jr., who once preached at his Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

"We have to make a choice," he said. "Will we keep playing political games when people are suffering?"

He said he hoped his story would be an inspiration to a young person looking for the American dream.

"Well, Georgia, I'm honored in the faith you've shown me," Warnock said. "I'm going to the Senate to work for all of Georgia."

If both Democrats succeed, Warnock, 51, will become the state's first black Senator, while Ossoff, 33, would be Georgia's first Jewish Senator if he wins.

The critical races drew an estimated 4.5 million voters – a record for a runoff election – along with nearly half a billion dollars in ad spend since November 3 and visits from Trump and Biden on Monday.

Perdue is a former Fortune 500 executive who served a tenure in the Senate. Loeffler, one of the richest members of Congress, was appointed a year ago to fill the seat of a retired senator.

Biden's narrow national victory over Trump in the general election – the first victory by a Democratic presidential candidate since 1992 – gave the party cause for optimism in a state dominated by Republicans for decades.

The head-to-head runoff elections in Georgia, a peculiarity of constitutional law, became necessary when no candidate in either race received more than 50 percent of the vote in the November parliamentary elections.

Georgian Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger said election officials would take an overnight break but would count again on Wednesday morning. "Hopefully we'll have a better idea of ​​where we are by noon," he said.

Late coverage from DeKalb County put the Democrats in a more formidable position.

Trump predicted – tweeting around 10:30 p.m. that their winnings would be products of more electoral fraud.

"Looks like they are setting up a big 'voter dump' against the Republican candidates," wrote Trump. "Are you waiting to see how many votes you need?" The president tweeted.

He later continued, “I just found another 4,000 ballots from Fulton County. Let's go & # 39;

The president has since retweeted unsubstantiated theories from right-wing commentator Tomi Lahren, who claimed, “Georgia is where the theft is going. Wait for "and" Democrats are again collecting votes from mystical places. "

Democrat Raphael Warnock won the Senate runoff race against Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler early Wednesday morning

Loeffler spoke to supporters in Atlanta and refused to admit. She attacked Warnock for "moving the country towards socialism".

Loeffler spoke to supporters in Atlanta and refused to admit. She attacked Warnock for "moving the country towards socialism".

Stacey Abrams tweeted congratulations to Rev. Raphael Warnock before the race was called for him by the networks

Stacey Abrams tweeted congratulations to Rev. Raphael Warnock before the race was called for him by the networks

Before Trump's tweets, the Drudge Report and others secondary outlets named the race to Warnock. The New York Times said it was "very likely" for Warnock and "fairly likely" for Ossoff. At midnight, Cook Political Report's Dave Wasserman predicted that both Democrats would win.

Former Georgia House Minority Leader and failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams tweeted her congratulations to Warnock before his victory was announced by the networks.

Abrams' voting efforts are largely attributed to the state going to Biden in the November 3rd election.

Congratulations to our next US Senator, @ReverendWarnock. Last January, I helped my dear friend find a ministry. Soon he will walk through these August halls as a leader with courage, justice and integrity and cast votes. God bless you and keep you in your service to us all, ”wrote Abrams.

At an election night party in Atlanta, Loeffler attacked Warnock, saying he was moving the country towards socialism despite cutting ads to reach suburban voters and calling for unity.

"It was very evident that my opponent was fighting on a platform with high taxes, socialism and government control of our health care," she said. “We stopped our school choice for our children. My campaign is about saving our country. Fight for the American dream. You know? That's right, ”she said, with a touch of cheer.

She vowed to keep fighting and suggested sticking with her statement Monday that she would support the election challenges on Trump's behalf.

"So you know it's worth having this election last until tomorrow," she continued. “We'll make sure every vote is counted. Right. Every legal vote is counted. And I won't stop working. & # 39;

US stock market index futures were broadly weaker as results turned in favor of the Democrats, signaling that stocks could open on the soft side on Wednesday morning.

The reference S&P 500 e-mini futures contract fell 0.6%, while futures tracking the tech-heavy Nasdaq fell 1.3%.

The last days of the campaign were overshadowed by Trump's efforts to undermine the results of the presidential election.

On Saturday, Trump pressured Raffensperger, a Republican, on a phone call to find enough votes to undo Biden's victory, falsely claiming massive fraud.

Trump's attempt to undo his loss – some Republicans plan to object to the confirmation of Biden's victory when Congress meets on Wednesday to officially count the presidential election – has split his party and condemned critics who accuse him of the Having undermined democracy.

At a rally in Georgia Monday night, Trump re-declared the November vote "rigged," a claim some Republicans feared would dissuade his supporters from voting on Tuesday.

His attacks appear to have undermined public confidence in the electoral system. Edison's Exit poll found that more than seven in ten were very or somewhat confident that their votes would be counted accurately, compared to 85% who said so in an Exit poll on Nov. 3.

When the Democratic Senate's hopefuls were ready to move forward, President Donald Trump again alleged fraud, suggesting that there would be an "election campaign" against the GOP candidates, which is why it took Dekalb County so long to report

When the Democratic Senate's hopefuls were ready to move forward, President Donald Trump again alleged fraud, suggesting that there would be an "election campaign" against the GOP candidates, which is why it took Dekalb County so long to report

President Donald Trump's campaign sent a donation tweet on behalf of the president around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night when the return came in, he reiterated his unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud

President Donald Trump's campaign sent a donation tweet on behalf of the president around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night when the return came in, he reiterated his unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud

Election workers in Fulton County, Georgia, are processing postal ballot papers in the Nailbiter race on Tuesday

Election workers in Fulton County, Georgia, are processing postal ballot papers in the Nailbiter race on Tuesday

Georgia Republicans await election results Tuesday night at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia

Georgia Republicans await election results Tuesday night at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia

Georiga governor Brian Kemp speaks to an audience of Republican supporters of Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue on Tuesday evening in Georgia. President Donald Trump has turned against Kemp after losing Georgia in the November general election

Georiga governor Brian Kemp speaks to an audience of Republican supporters of Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue on Tuesday evening in Georgia. President Donald Trump has turned against Kemp after losing Georgia in the November general election

Warnock is a pastor and senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where MLK once preached.

Ossoff watched the results with his election team while his wife, a gynecologist, worked the night shift and received updates from her patients. the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

His campaign made a statement as he overtook Perdue in the vote, predicting he would be successful.

& # 39; When the votes are counted, we'll assume Jon Ossoff won this election to represent Georgia in the United States Senate. We look forward to sticking through the process in the coming hours and moving forward so Jon can fight for all Georgians in the US Senate, ”the statement said.

On Tuesday, Trump had already alleged election fraud. floated a theory that Dominion voting machines weren't working.

And as midnight drew near, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted a conspiracy theory that the Democrats in Chatham County, home of the Savannah stronghold, were up to something.

"Why are you stopping the vote count in the Chatham, Georgia Democratic District?" McEnany wrote. "That seems familiar to me!"

On Tuesday, Trump published on his Twitter: "It is reported from the 12th Congressional District of Georgia that Dominion Machines have not been working in certain Republican strongholds for over an hour."

“Ballot papers are left in lockers, hopefully they will count them. Thank you Congressman @RickAllen! & # 39; He went on to thank Georgia's 12th District Representative, Rick Allen.

When the return came on Tuesday evening, Trump sent a donation text to supporters who were trying to raise money from the allegations.

Pres Trump: Is it true that voting machines used to stop working in Georgia today? Are Dems Trying to Steal That Choice? STRIKE BACK! Act, ”it said in the text, linking to a page asking for donations.

Trump's electoral fraud allegation seems to come from Perdue, who is standing for re-election in the runoff election, and John Fredericks, who appeared on Tuesday's podcast for former White House Trump strategist Steven Bannon.

"We have another problem with Dominion machines," Fredericks told Bannon on his War Room podcast. “I know this is going to shock your viewers today. But Dominion machines in several – get this one, not one or two – I heard three of the major Republic boroughs were down at 10:00 a.m. & # 39;

"People were told they couldn't scan their ballots … because the machines weren't working," he continued. "In the meantime, you have to put your ballot on paper and put it in an envelope and the Pole workers say," When it's fixed, we'll scan it for you. "

"So there are all kinds of red flags right there," said Fredericks. “Of course these happen in Republic areas. You can extrapolate that, it could be a coincidence. & # 39;

Also on Tuesday, Perdue told the Todd Starnes Show that Dominion machine voting anomalies had occurred in three different Georgia counties.

The president's tweet about allegations of irregularities and malfunctions comes when reports of small lines at polling stations and low voter turnout on election day emerge – a bad sign for Republican incumbents Loeffler and Perdue.

Karl Rove, who served as George W. Bush's deputy chief of staff and is now the Georgia Battleground Fund's financial chairman, said on a private conference call Monday that the models of the two campaigns show that at least 1 million Georgians must appear in the election day in and day out Republicans to win.

The lines in Georgia were much shorter than expected throughout Tuesday as voters turned out to vote on election day to cast their votes in the two Senate runoffs

The lines in Georgia were much shorter than expected throughout Tuesday as voters turned out to vote on election day to cast their votes in the two Senate runoffs

Republican Acting Senator Kelly Loeffler

Reverend Raphael Warnock, Senate candidate from Georgia (D)

Incumbent Republican Kelly Loeffler (left) waves to supporters who will vote in Sandy Springs, Georgia, while Democratic opponent Reverend Raphael Warnock (right) speaks at a prelude in Marietta, Georgia on election day

Immediately after news of an election day turnout that was lower than expected, Trump tweeted an inevitable allegation that the Dominion voting machines were not working - the same claim that he made to claim he actually won Georgia in November's presidential contest

Immediately after news of an election day turnout that was lower than expected, Trump tweeted an inevitable allegation that the Dominion voting machines were not working – the same claim that he made to claim he actually won Georgia in November's presidential contest

Georgia Republican Senator David Perdue, who is standing for re-election, is still in quarantine after being diagnosed with coroan virus. His Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff (pictured) visited the Dunbar Neighborhood Center in Acworth, Georgia on election day

Georgia Republican Senator David Perdue, who is standing for re-election, is still in quarantine after being diagnosed with coroan virus. His Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff (pictured) visited the Dunbar Neighborhood Center in Acworth, Georgia on election day

Voters lined up at dawn to cast their ballots in the next two runoff elections. However, the queues are quite short. Some claim it took them a total of 5 minutes between showing up and leaving their polling stations

Voters lined up at dawn to cast their ballots in the next two runoff elections. However, the queues are quite short. Some claim it took them a total of 5 minutes between showing up and leaving their polling stations

Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris urged Democrats to produce more Tuesday too – despite a larger turnout on election day, which usually favors Republicans.

"I know @ReverendWarnock and @Ossoff," said the California Senator of the two Democratic candidates. “We talked about our country's promise. As we need to help Americans with $ 2,000 stimulus checks, make sure our children have clean air to breathe and our small businesses can thrive. That's who they are – and who they will be as US Senators. & # 39;

On the other hand, Donald Trump Jr. pushed for more Republicans to emerge.

"Go out and choose Georgia. You have two and a half hours to save America as you know it from the communists," said the president's eldest son and one of his closest campaign aides. "She's worth fighting for!"

All eyes were on Peach State on Tuesday as thousands across Georgia went to the polls to cast their ballots in the two consecutive runoff elections that will determine Senate control.

A record 3 million Georgians cast their votes early on, whether in person or by post. This early turnout alone is more than the previous record for voter turnout in a runoff election in Georgia.

Voters lined up in Peach State Tuesday morning and the polls closed at 7 p.m. – Prepare Washington for a day of speculation and nail-biting as the two races determine not only which party controls the Senate but also the course of Joe Biden's presidency.

Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris urged Democrats in Georgia to become bigger on Tuesday - despite a higher turnout on election day, which usually favors Republicans

Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris urged Democrats in Georgia to become bigger on Tuesday – despite a higher turnout on election day, which usually favors Republicans

Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son and closest campaign advisor, also urged Republicans to have just a few hours to cast their votes

Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son and closest campaign advisor, also urged Republicans to have just a few hours to cast their votes

The lines were as bad as expected – which led to speculation that Warnock and Ossoff could both emerge victorious.

"I hardly hear any lines across the state," Georgia's Deputy Foreign Minister Jordan Fuchs said on Tuesday.

Abrams tweeted Tuesday that voters are getting on and off polling stations in minutes thanks to the early voting.

"MSNBC reports that voters are walking in and out of many of the Atlanta Metro polling stations in 5 minutes today because so many Georgians voted early!" Abrams posted. “So if you haven't voted, get out and vote until 7pm today. I'm counting on you. & # 39;

This is nothing compared to the very long queues for the early in-person vote in Georgia this year – or the queues that occurred in the pre-pandemic 2018 runoff election.

Similar problems that delayed the results of the Georgian presidential election could arise after Tuesday's run-off competitions, when the turnout is as close as expected.

Voters in Georgia started casting votes in the two runoff elections in the state on Tuesday morning. This determines which party controls the Senate

Voters in Georgia started casting votes in the two runoff elections in the state on Tuesday morning. This determines which party controls the Senate

Georgians came to vote before polling stations even opened. Here a line forms at the Cobb County Community Center in Atlanta, Georgia

Georgians came to vote before polling stations even opened. Here a line forms at the Cobb County Community Center in Atlanta, Georgia

Hundreds of thousands of Georgians are expected to vote on Tuesday before the elections close at 7 p.m. - after a record 3 million who were voted ahead of time by post or personally in the runoff elections

Hundreds of thousands of Georgians are expected to vote on Tuesday before the elections close at 7 p.m. – after a record 3 million who were voted ahead of time by post or personally in the runoff elections

Republicans expect to win both Senate races. However, there are concerns that the GOP Senators will only win if at least 1 million more voters join the 3 million who voted early on election day

Republicans expect to win both Senate races. However, there are concerns that the GOP Senators will only win if at least 1 million more voters join the 3 million who voted early on election day

Masked and socially distant: Georgia voters stood feet from each other and put on face masks as they waited outside to be allowed to vote in their respective polling stations

Masked and socially distant: Georgia voters stood feet from each other and put on face masks as they waited outside to be allowed to vote in their respective polling stations

Trump asked the Georgians to vote for Loeffler and Perdue in a tweet on Tuesday morning: "So important to do that!" he urged

Trump asked the Georgians to vote for Loeffler and Perdue in a tweet on Tuesday morning: "So important to do that!" he urged

Volunteers at a polling center in Austell, Georgia, hand out food and drink to voters waiting to cast their ballots

Volunteers at a polling center in Austell, Georgia, hand out food and drink to voters waiting to cast their ballots

The southern state swung blue for Joe Biden on November 3rd with less than 12,000 votes. No Senate race was decided as no candidate earned the 50 percent necessary to avoid a runoff

The southern state swung blue for Joe Biden on November 3rd with less than 12,000 votes. No Senate race was decided as no candidate earned the 50 percent necessary to avoid a runoff

Georgia voters alone will determine the fate of the Senate in the two runoff elections

Georgia voters alone will determine the fate of the Senate in the two runoff elections

A sign outside a polling station reminds candidates and their proxies, as well as everyone else, that campaigning within 150 feet of a polling station is prohibited by law

A sign outside a polling station reminds candidates and their proxies, as well as everyone else, that campaigning within 150 feet of a polling station is prohibited by law

If either Loeffler or Perdue hold on to their seat, the Republicans will retain a majority in the upper chamber and most likely block any legislative action promoted by Biden.

However, if both Warnock and Ossoff emerge victorious after Tuesday's election, the Democrats will have successfully split the Senate between 50 and 50, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris holding the tie.

& # 39; Georgia, out and VOTE for two great Senators, @KLoeffler and @sendavidperdue. So important to do that! & # 39; Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning.

The runoff elections were triggered after none of the four candidates reached the 50 percent threshold required in Georgia to finally win its Senate race on November 3.

The state does not hold primary elections, but has all candidates in the main election with the requirement that they earn at least half of the votes to win.

Trump and Biden held dueling events in Georgia on Monday to use their coattails to build excitement for their respective party's candidates.

However, the rallies may be too late.

Before Monday, more than 3 million Georgians voted early in the Senate – whether by post or in person. This number of early votes far exceeds the previous record of 2.137 million votes cast in runoff elections earlier this year.

With around 5.5 million registered voters in Georgia, more than half of those who can vote have already done so before Tuesday's runoff day.

Data from the Georgian Foreign Minister's office shows that many more people showed up early to vote in person than were absent by mail – even in the middle of the pandemic.

Walter Jones, a spokesman for Georgian Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger, the senior Georgian election official, said "We may look at a few days" before the results are released.

He claimed the delay would most likely be due to postal ballot papers received on Tuesday.

Election officials cannot start counting the ballot papers until 7 p.m. on Tuesday – after the polling stations close.

Hundreds of thousands of mail-in voting slips will arrive throughout the day on Tuesday and this, coupled with the personal polls listing, could delay the counting process.

Slow counting held up the results of Georgia’s presidential election, with Trump having a solid head start before the November 3 postal ballot papers received were fully processed and counted in the days that followed.

Joe Biden won by less than 12,000 votes in the days after election day – and the tiny profit margin resulted in two separate recounts at Peach State, which further delayed the final results.

Historically, Democrats do better on mail-in and early voting, and Republicans do better on election day.

While pushing for the re-election of Loeffler and Perdue, Trump used his Monday night rally in Dalton County, Georgia to complain about his alleged widespread electoral fraud and his repeated – and largely unproven – allegations that the presidency was "stolen by Democrats." "been.

President Donald Trump hosted a rally in Dalton County, Georgia, Monday night for incumbent Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler (pictured) and David Perdue

President Donald Trump hosted a rally in Dalton County, Georgia, Monday night for incumbent Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler (pictured) and David Perdue

Perdue attended the rally from a distance to address the crowd at one point. He is still quarantined in his home after contracting coroan virus

Perdue attended the rally from a distance to address the crowd at one point. He is still quarantined in his home after contracting coroan virus

Earlier in the day, President-elect Joe Biden hosted a campaign for Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff (left) and Reverend Raphael Warnock (center).

Earlier in the day, President-elect Joe Biden hosted a campaign for Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff (left) and Reverend Raphael Warnock (center).

Loeffler told Fox News Monday night that she would join a dozen other Republican senators in challenging the results of at least one state's electoral college if Congress approves the election of Joe Biden on Wednesday.

Trump announced on his Twitter Tuesday morning that Perdue is also joining efforts to question the results.

"We are happy to announce that @KLoeffler & @sendavidperdue have just joined our great #StopTheSteal senatorial group," the president wrote. & # 39; They are going to fight the ridiculous electoral college certification from Biden. How do you certify numbers that have now been shown to be incorrect and, in many cases, fraudulent? & # 39;

Biden won 306 electoral college votes to Trump's 232.

A group of Republicans from the House of Representatives, led by Mo Brooks of Alabama, began moving the plan forward last month and has since gained much acclaim after the group of Senators joined the effort.

Loeffler took part in the rally Monday evening, but Perdue is still in quarantine after contacting an employee who tested positive for COVID-19.

He briefly videotaped the rally to address the crowd that had gathered on the tarmac for one of Trump's final rallies during his presidency.

Trump on Tuesday commended Loeffler and Perdue for joining a GOP action in the Senate to question the results of the electoral college in the joint session to confirm the election of Joe Biden on Jan. 6

Trump on Tuesday commended Loeffler and Perdue for joining a GOP action in the Senate to question the results of the electoral college in the joint session to confirm the election of Joe Biden on Jan. 6

During the rally, Trump called for Vice President Mike Pence to "come through" while presiding over the Congress, which confirms the Jan. 6 election, and Republicans carry out their plan to challenge the results.

“I hope Mike Pence comes through for us. He's a great guy, ”Trump said to an audience on Monday night. "Of course, if he doesn't get through I won't like him that much."

While the President's greatest allies at Capitol Hill are questioning some of the state's electoral colleges, which could extend the Congressional session for hours or even days, Pence will only announce the results.

While Pence can do little to nothing to change the outcome, Trump suggests that he has the power to do so.

Thousands of the president's most staunch supporters will come to Washington DC on Wednesday to protest the election results. They are demanding that the Democrats stop the theft and that Trump be declared the real winner.

The GOP tore itself apart inside-out in the middle of the Georgia runoff when Republicans chose whether or not to stand with the president on his allegations of widespread electoral fraud.

In particular, Republicans in Georgia are publicly divided on this matter.

In a call with Georgian Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger on Saturday, Trump pressured him to find 11,780 votes for him in Peach State to undo Biden's victory there.

The audio of the call was leaked by Raffensperger himself on Sunday, revealing a desperate Trump who sometimes begged, flattered, and threatened Georgian officials, who are Republican.

Trump has also attacked Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp for not doing enough to discard the results after the state went blue in the presidential election.

Kemp appeared on Tuesday in Atlanta at an election night party with Republican supporters of the two Senate candidates.

However, Loeffler and Perdue stayed on the president's side and did not want to upset him or his supporters before their runoff elections.

Senator Kelly Loeffler

Republican Kelly Loeffler was named her seat over President Trump's objections and spent her term in office trying to get as little daylight as possible between her and the president.

The richest senator, Loeffler (50), was never Trump's favorite. The president preferred Conservative loyalist Rep. Doug Collins for the post that accompanied Senator Johnny Isaakson's resignation in 2019.

She opposed Trump's impeachment and bragged about her "100 percent Trump voting record" on the campaign.

But the former executive who co-owns the Atlanta Dream WNBA team made political stumbling blocks during her tenure, making her a vulnerable incumbent in November and then again in January, even in a Republican state.

On Monday night, at a rally where Trump fought for her, she announced that she would support the election challenge that Trump will ask when Congress meets on Wednesday to count the votes of the electoral college.

When she showed up at the nightly rally with Trump Monday, she pointed awkwardly in the air and spoke for only seconds. Two weeks ago, at another rally with Ivanka Trump, crowd members sang about her as she tried to announce the case for her own re-election.

& # 39; Fight for Trump! … stop stealing! & # 39; Spectators sang.

She clashed with the WNBA following the murder of George Floyd after the teams promoted a message about Black Lives Matter. The players responded in their own team with matching & # 39; Vote Warnock & # 39; T-shirts.

She was appointed by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp in December 2019 after then Senator Johnny Isakson announced his resignation on health grounds.

Kemp has been an ally of Trump, despite the fact that the president has recently beaten him up as a RINO for not supporting his efforts to overturn election results in his state.

Loeffler sees herself as the most conservative Republican in the Senate and has fully supported Trump – she is campaigning for her "100 percent Trump vote record".

Prior to his promotion to Congress, Loeffler was CEO of Bakkt, a digital asset conversion company, a subsidiary of her husband Jeffrey Spokesman's Intercontinental Exchange, which owns the New York Stock Exchange. She is also a co-owner of the WNBA team Atlanta Dream.

She faced a bitter primary against Collins, a Trump loyalist and defender in the house. She also had to apply for her first election on the ballot when Georgia became the president's battlefield. Democrat Joe Biden would end up defeating Trump with 11,779 votes.

She also had to grapple with allegations of insider trading, even as the coronavirus pandemic devastated the nation. She and her husband traded millions of shares between January and mid-February. This included stocks where the pandemic had an impact.

The Daily Beast reported on the trade that took place after Loeffler attended a closed Senate briefing on the January 24th coronavirus pandemic in March.

Under mounting pressure, she announced that she and her husband were liquidating stocks they hold in individual companies.

The Justice Department completed an investigation into her stock deals, and the Senate Ethics Committee found she was breaking no rules or any law. The Senate's rules allow members to trade stocks, but require their disclosure.

After being forced into a runoff against Warnock, Loeffler's path was hampered by Trump's efforts to reverse the results certified in her state, even after a hand count. She would call for the resignation of Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who pushed back Trump's unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud.

But she dodged questions about whether she would support Trump's election challenges when Congress meets to count the electoral college's votes.

It wasn't until Monday that she announced that she would support Trump's efforts.

Loeffler and Sprecher, 65, were married in 2004 and have no children. Her net worth is $ 800 million, which makes Loeffler the richest member of Congress by far. The two live in Tuxedo Park – a neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia – on a $ 10.5 million estate.

Reverend Raphael Warnock

The 51-year-old Baptist pastor Raphael Warnock plans to take Senator Kelly Loeffler's Senate seat on his first inauguration. The Reverend became known in Georgian politics in 2014 when he became a leader in efforts to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Warnock was chairman of the New Georgia Project, a non-partisan organization focused on voter registration, from June 2017 to January 2020. Since 2005, he has also served as the senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia – the same church that Marin Luther King Jr. preached alongside his father from 1959 until his death in 1968.

In 2013, Warnock held the public prayer blessing for Barack Obama's second inauguration. As Warnock was preparing for his 2020 Senate run, he hosted an interfaith climate change meeting with Al Gore at his church in March 2019.

The pastor was raised in council housing in Savannah, Georgia, the eleventh of twelve children of two Pentecostal pastors.

Warnock was married to from 2016 to 2020 Oulèye Ndoye, with whom he shares two children. Its now-Ex-wife accused Warnock of running a car over her foot while trying to get out of an argument. Body camera footage of Warnock's interview with police during the incident was released ahead of the runoff elections.

Senator David Perdue

71-year-old David Perdue first became a U.S. Senator for Georgia in 2015, replacing retired Republican incumbent Saxby Chambliss. This year is his first re-election campaign and he did not earn the 50 percent it takes to avoid a runoff. Perdue is a cousin of President Donald Trump's Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.

Prior to taking public office, Perdue was Senior Vice President at Reebok and later moved to PillowTex, a North Carolina textile company. He was then CEO of Dollar General. On the list of the richest members of Congress, Perdue ranks 21st with a net worth of 15.8 million.

Perdue, like his Georgian colleague Kelly Loeffler, had been linked to an insider trading scandal in Congress in 2020 for selling stocks before the market collapsed due to the Koroan virus pandemic. Both allegedly used the knowledge of a closed Senate meeting to make a stock decision.

Perdue lives in Sea Island, Georgia with his wife, Bonnie Dunn, whom he married in 1972. The couple have two sons and three grandchildren. They had a daughter who died in infancy.

Jon Ossoff

Thomas Jonathan Ossoff, who passes Jon, is by far the youngest candidate in the runoff elections in Georgia at just 33. To become a United States Senator, candidates must be 30 years old on the day they are sworn in.

In 2017, Ossoff submitted an offer to become a representative in the special elections for the 6th Congress District of Georgia. The district was long considered a Republican stronghold, but Ossoff was the first to come into play – without earning the 50 percent to win. He eventually lost to Republican Karen Handel in a runoff election.

He interned with Rep John Lewis before serving five years as a national security guard with Rep Hank Johnson. In 2012 he left the company to pursue a Masters degree from the London School of Economics.

Since 2013, Ossoff has been Managing Director and CEO of Insight TWI, a London-based investigative television production company that creates documentaries about corruption abroad.

Ossoff, who was raised Jewish, is married to Alisha Kramer, an Emory University-based obstetrician and gynecologist.

The Democratic candidate is proud to be the child of an immigrant – his mother, Heather Fenton, is Australian – and his multimillionaire father Richard Ossoff owns a specialist publisher.

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