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Democrats declare that they won the Senate by winning BOTH Georgia runoffs


The Democrats declared victory in the second race of the Georgia Senate on Wednesday morning, which puts them in control of the upper chamber of Congress.

Jon Ossoff declared himself the winner of his contest with Republican Senator David Perdue, even though the networks hadn't made the call yet. That claim was quickly supported by testimony from Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi.

His win will be the second – Rev. Raphael Warnock was the first win of the night against Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler – and would give the Democrats complete control of Capitol Hill for the next two years.

“I humbly thank the people of Georgia for choosing me to serve you in the United States Senate. Thank you for the trust you have placed in me, ”Ossoff said in a video posted on Twitter.

He led Perdue with more than 17,000 votes, which is just below a threshold of 0.5 percent, in order to avoid a recount. Most of the outstanding voices came from democratic areas.

Gabe Sterling, Georgia’s voting system implementation manager, said Wednesday morning there was "no evidence of irregularities" in last night's election. "The greatest thing we've seen is the President's fertile minds to find fraud where none exist," he noted.

He also said he expected Ossoff to get enough votes from the more than 60,000 outstanding votes to avoid automatic recount.

Schumer – likely the next majority leader in the chamber – praised the two Democratic Senate candidates in Georgia for their victories and promised to bring aid to the American people.

For too long, much-needed aid has been blocked or watered down by a Republican-led Senate and President Trump. That will change with a Democratic Senate, a Democratic House and a Democratic President, ”he said in a statement on Wednesday morning. "We will work every day to reward the trust the American people have placed in us."

He also said he spoke to President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, Biden was more cautious about the competitions, which were the Senate's most expensive races in history.

"I congratulate Reverend Warnock on his groundbreaking win last night and I hope Jon Ossoff will win too when the count is over," he said.

Republican Senate Chairman Mitch McConnell, who watches his power to set the agenda in the upper chamber wane, had no comment to reporters about the situation when he arrived on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning.

Schumer told reporters on Capitol Hill he hadn't spoken to McConnell on Wednesday.

I look forward to sitting down with Leader McConnell. We have a lot to talk about, ”he remarked.

He said he found out about the results when he was home in Brooklyn. "This is not the way we chose to get here, but we are here," he said.

The declaration of victory comes as Congress prepares to hold a constitutionally required joint session to confirm the results of the electoral college in the president's race.

Joe Biden's victory is far from certain, even when President Donald Trump tried at the last minute to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to abandon the election results and asked him for "extreme courage" the following day.

Pence will preside over what is expected to be a long day as Trump allies prepare on Capitol Hill to object to the results. But your efforts are likely to be in vain. A majority of Republican senators pledged to support Biden's victory, leaving the president with few options.

Trump kept the pressure on, however.

“The states want to correct their votes, which they now know are based on irregularities and fraud. In addition, corrupt practices have never received legislative approval. All Mike Pence has to do is send her back to the States and we win. Do it Mike, this is a time for extreme courage! “, He tweeted on Wednesday morning.

Pence does not have the power to overthrow the election. Its role in the daily routine is largely ceremonial.

The president is expected to address his supporters in front of the White House on Wednesday morning – just before the joint session – on a day expected to see protests across the city and fears of violence.

The National Guard has been called in to patrol the streets, and Washington DC police announced that they will arrest anyone who brings a firearm, as some Trump supporters have threatened.

"Buckle up," warned Schumer in a tweet on Wednesday morning. The joint meeting is expected to take place in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, Trump used his party's losses in Tuesday's Georgia special election as part of his case to stay in the White House.

“THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND, MORE IMPORTANT, OUR COUNTRY, NEEDS THE PRESIDENCE MORE THAN THAN BEFORE – THE FORCE OF VETO. STAY STRONG! "He tweeted in capital letters.

Later that morning, however, the president changed his mind, claiming that Perdue's loss was due to a "rigged election" – a false claim he made about his own loss of the election.

& # 39; These villains are only playing with the vote from @sendavidperdue (a great guy). I just didn't want to announce it in full just yet. You have as many ballot papers as you need. Rigged Election! “Trump tweeted.

Georgia’s double Democratic victory has been a blow to Republicans and gives the newly elected president full control of Capitol Hill as he prepares to appoint judges and cabinet officials and advance his legislative agenda.

Republicans blame Trump for the losses. The president stood up for the two Republican senators in Georgia, but used these campaign rallies to beat up the state's GOP governor for failing to help him in the presidential election.

"Well, it turns out that it's not a good way to let voters know that the elections are rigged," Republican Senator Mitt Romney told reporters on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

Jon Ossoff declared victory in his Senate race – although the competition was not officially proclaimed – a move that puts the Democrats in control of the upper chamber of Congress

Rev. Raphael Warnock's victory marked the first victory of the night in Georgia's two Senate specialty competitions

Rev. Raphael Warnock's victory marked the first victory of the night in Georgia's two Senate specialty competitions

Congressional certification on Wednesday is the final act in closing the presidential election.

Trump has put heavy pressure on Pence to act illegally and keep him in office, and even issued a statement late Tuesday night denying a report that the vice president told him he couldn't give him a second term.

The president made a statement after the New York Times reported that Pence told him over lunch that he had no constitutional authority to "decertify" state electoral rolls when chairing Congress to confirm the election result.

But Trump called this "fake news" and then outlined an extraordinary plan to either get Republican lawmakers to send Trump voters – or to put the election under the 12th Amendment to Congress, which could then vote for Trump .

ABC News White House correspondent Jon Karl reported that Trump "was ready to go after Pence and go after him hard" if he didn't queue up and do what he wanted in the joint session.

Trump made a reference to his public anger in his statement on Tuesday evening.

"Decertifying" the results would plunge the country into constitutional crisis, but Trump claimed Pence was "totally in agreement" that he "has the power to act".

Trump's statement publicly got Pence going after a print campaign that has been going on privately for weeks and exploded in public on Monday night at Trump's Georgia rally and then on Tuesday on Twitter.

"The New York Times report on comments that Vice President Pence allegedly made to me today is false news," Trump said in a White House statement. It was dated 2020.

& # 39; He never said that. The Vice President and I agree that the Vice President has authority to act.

“The November 3rd elections were corrupt in the contested states and, in particular, they were inconsistent with the constitution as they changed electoral rules and regulations on a large scale as dictated by local judges and politicians, not state lawmakers. This means that it was illegal.

Bringing Bad News: Mike Pence was spotted at the White House Tuesday after Trump tweeted that the Vice President could disqualify the electoral college votes. Pence was on his way to tell Trump he couldn't

Bringing Bad News: Mike Pence was spotted at the White House Tuesday after Trump tweeted that the Vice President could disqualify the electoral college votes. Pence was on his way to tell Trump he couldn't

Trying to ease the blow: Mike Pence told Trump he could try to acknowledge his fraud claims - driven in part by his own fear that the confirmation of Joe Biden's victory would be used against him

Trying to ease the blow: Mike Pence told Trump he could try to acknowledge his fraud claims – driven in part by his own fear that the confirmation of Joe Biden's victory would be used against him

Trump's tweet is bogus and Pence has no power to reject voter lists

Trump's tweet is bogus and Pence has no power to reject voter lists

& # 39; Our Vice President has several options under the U.S. Constitution. He can decertify the results or send them back to the states for modification and certification.

"He can also decertify the illegal and corrupt results and send them to the House of Representatives for a vote on a state table."

Significantly, however, the statement was not signed by Pence – and the legal claims Trump made appeared to be in line with the plans of Rudy Giuliani, not the Senate MP, who told Pence that his powers were limited to confirming the votes of the electoral college are out on the floor of Congress.

During the joint session, if a member of the House and Senate objects to any of the state's electoral rolls, the two houses split to discuss the objection for two hours – with Pence presiding over the Senate.

At that point, he could "acknowledge" Trump's claims of fraud to improve both the blow on his boss and the president's potential to turn on his ultra-loyal deputy in the final days of administration and beyond.

Pence is said to be particularly concerned that his confirmation of Biden's victory on social media could be turned against him.

The information about how Congress confirms the vote in the electoral college

At 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, senators and officials will gather in the Chamber of the House for a joint congressional session to count and certify the electoral college's ballots.

Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump with 306 votes against Trump's 232.

However, the constitution calls on Congress to confirm the results in a largely procedural process. It is very difficult to reverse an election, and it has never happened in American history.

However, Republicans have vowed to object to the results of the electoral college, delay the certification process, and put on a great theatrical performance that the president will likely enjoy.

This is how the day will go:

The process is led by the President of the Senate, Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence will open the sealed state certificates in alphabetical order and hand them over to one of four "cashiers" – a Republican and a Democrat from each Chamber of Congress – who will announce how each state has voted.

As each state's result is read, Pence will ask if any member of Congress would like to appeal.

At least one member of the House and one member of the Senate must object to the objection. The law also provides that the objection must be made in writing.

If the objection is accepted, lawmakers go to their respective chambers to discuss the matter for up to two hours.

Then the House and the Senate each vote on whether the Objection – which would reject the state's votes – or deny the objection.

In order for the results of a state to be rejected, the majorities of both chambers have to vote in order to maintain the objection. If one chamber votes to maintain the objection and the other does not, the objection is rejected and the results of the state electoral college are determined.

The democratically controlled house is unlikely to support maintaining an objection, which means the states' results will stand and Biden will ultimately be declared the winner.

Additionally, the Republican-controlled Senate is unlikely to vote in favor of an objection either. The GOP has a narrow margin in the upper chamber and a number of Republican senators have voiced their objections to the appeal process.

After the objection has been voted on by each chamber, the joint session convenes again and continues the counting. If there is another objection to another state's vote, the process is repeated.

President Trump's allies want to challenge three states: Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania, which could last into the wee hours of Thursday.

"At the end of the day, which could be the middle of the night, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will officially be proclaimed the next President and Vice President of the United States," spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi wrote to members of the Democratic House on Monday.

After the votes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia are recorded, the vice president will explain who received the required majority of the electoral college's votes. This announcement concludes the election.

WHAT IF THE OBJECTS ARE SUSTAINABLE?

If, by some distant coincidence, an objection is sustained, Trump and his allies hope that it will result in voters being excluded, which will ultimately bring Biden's poll number below the 270 required for victory.

If all three state challenges succeed, Biden would have 259 votes and would cast the election in the House of Representatives to elect the next president.

After the 12th amendment to the constitution, each delegation to the State Congress receives one vote.

With Democrats in control of the House, Republicans control the majority of the state delegations, and so Trump hopes to be "elected".

Sources: NBC News, Washington Post, New York Times

Meanwhile, the Democrats are celebrating their return to power with Biden entering the White House and their majorities in both chambers of Congress thanks to double wins in the Georgian Senate runoff elections.

Democratic Reverend Raphael Warnock was Georgia’s first victory of the night. He won his race against Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler and became the first black Senator in the history of the state.

Ossoff led Republican incumbent David Perdue into the wee hours of the morning before finally declaring himself the winner.

President Trump tweeted bitterly throughout Wednesday night as the likelihood of a Senate split between 50 and 50 dawned and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris held the casting vote.

"Looks like they are setting up a large 'voting dump' against the Republican candidates. Wait to see how many votes they need?" 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 voted its first Democratic senators 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."

Warnock will become the state's first black senator, while 33-year-old Ossoff will 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

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.

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

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.

Biden won by less than 12,000 votes in the days following 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;

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.

Raphael Warnock becomes Georgia's first black Senator: The 51-year-old Democratic pastor, who leads the church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached, pays tribute to the mother who "used to pick someone else's cotton" when he sits in the Senate claimed

  • Warnock said last night, "Because this is America, the 82-year-old hands who used to pick someone else's cotton have chosen their youngest son to be senator."
  • He was elected the first black senator in the traditionally red state and was the first Democrat to be sent to the upper chamber by Georgians for 20 years
  • Warnock grew up on the Savannah Projects with his 11 brothers and sisters
  • His father, Jonathan, was a World War II veteran, business owner, and preacher, while his mother, Verlene, picked cotton and tobacco during the summer
  • Warnock, a divorced father of two, studied theology at the historically black Morehouse College and worked in churches in New York and Maryland
  • In 2006, Warnock was called to the pulpit of Martin Luther King Jr. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King preached from 1960 until his assassination

By Ross Ibbetson for MailOnline

A Democratic pastor who leads the ward in Martin Luther King Jr.'s church and whose mother used to pick cotton was elected Georgia's first black senator.

Raphael Warnock, 51, won the first of the two Senate runoff elections on Wednesday, defeating Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler, and becoming the first Democratic winner in 20 years.

"The other day, because this is America, the 82-year-old hands who used to pick someone else's cotton picked their youngest son as a United States Senator," he told his supporters last night.

"With hope, hard work and the people by our side we have shown that anything is possible."

Georgia is still waiting for the result in the second runoff election, but it is likely that Democrat Jon Ossoff will oust Republican David Perdue in one brutal night for the GOP in this race too.

Warnock's victory is a symbol of a remarkable change in Georgian politics as the growing number of diverse graduated voters unfold their power in the heart of the deep south.

Raphael Warnock with his parents Verlene and Jonathan Warnock after graduating from Morehouse College

Raphael Warnock with his parents Verlene and Jonathan Warnock after graduating from Morehouse College

Raphael Warnock and his now ex-wife Ouleye Ndoye were welcomed at the celebration of the 90th birthday of Dr. Christine King Farris pictured together in Atlanta. The couple divorced in May and shortly before the police election, Bodycam revealed an argument between the couple in which Ndoye claimed Warnock ran his car over her foot. He was never charged

Raphael Warnock and his now ex-wife Ouleye Ndoye were welcomed at the celebration of the 90th birthday of Dr. Christine King Farris pictured together in Atlanta. The couple divorced in May and shortly before the police election, Bodycam revealed an argument between the couple in which Ndoye claimed Warnock ran his car over her foot. He was never charged

His father, a World War II veteran, worked as a preacher and mechanic in Savnnah

His father, a World War II veteran, worked as a preacher and mechanic in Savnnah

It follows Biden's victory in November when he became the first Democratic presidential candidate since 1992 to run the state.

Warnock's mother Verlene, who picked tobacco and cotton in the summer

Warnock's mother Verlene, who picked tobacco and cotton in the summer

The Associated Press declared Warnock the winner after an analysis of the pending votes found Loeffler was unable to catch up with his lead.

Warnock's lead is likely to increase as more ballots are counted, many of which were in democratic areas.

The divorced father of two confirmed his unlikely victory in a message to supporters, citing his family's experience of poverty.

He grew up on the Savannah Projects with 11 brothers and sisters.

His father, Jonathan, a World War II veteran, worked as a preacher, mechanic, and his mother, Verlene, picked tobacco and cotton in the summers.

"My family had little money but a lot of love and faith," wrote Warnock earlier this year. "They (his parents) worked hard for what they had and saw the value of what others had thrown away."

Inspired by his parents' belief that he could do anything, Warnock received a scholarship to the historically black Morehouse College in Atlanta.

He later received a PhD in philosophy from Union Theological Seminary, a Columbia University school in Manhattan.

During the 1990s, Warnock was a youth pastor at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, protesting Mayor Rudy Giuliani's work program to cut benefits and get people into employment.

"We are concerned that work is displacing other workers who are receiving respectable compensation," Warnock told the New York Times in 1997.

"We are concerned that poor people compete with other poor people, and in that respect we think work is a joke."

In the early 2000s, he moved to Senior Pastor Senior Pastor at Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore, Maryland.

And in 2006, he was named MLK former church leader at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta – the youngest senior pastor since its formation.

Rev. Raphael Warnock lauded Rayshard Brooks' funeral at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta in June

Rev. Raphael Warnock lauded Rayshard Brooks' funeral at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta in June

In 2013, Warnock delivered the blessing at the public prayer service on President Barack Obama's second inauguration. Obama delivers laudatory speech at the memorial service for the late John Lewis MP at Ebenezer Baptist Church on July 30, 2020

In 2013, Warnock delivered the blessing at the public prayer service on President Barack Obama's second inauguration. Obama delivers laudatory speech at the memorial service for the late John Lewis MP at Ebenezer Baptist Church on July 30, 2020

"Fourteen years ago, the boy who grew up on the projects was called to the pulpit by Martin Luther King Jr.," Warnock wrote in June.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gestured towards heaven while delivering a sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church. He worked as a co-pastor alongside his father in the church from 1960 until his murder in 1968

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gestured towards heaven while delivering a sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church. He worked as a co-pastor alongside his father in the church from 1960 until his murder in 1968

Martin Luther Sr. helped run the Church with his father-in-law in the 1920s before taking over leadership in 1931.

Thirty years later, his own son, Martin Luther King Jr., entered the Church and served as a co-pastor until he was assassinated in 1968.

The funeral of the king took place on April 9, 1968 in Ebenezer.

Warnock took on the great story of the Ebenezer pastors when he set up the social justice booth and invited Barack Obama to speak at the church in the early days of the 2008 presidential campaign.

In 2013, Warnock held the public prayer blessing for Obama's second inauguration.

"Someone asked why a pastor thinks he should serve in the Senate," Warnock said in a recent campaign video.

“Well, I have dedicated my whole life to serving and helping people achieve their highest potential. I always thought my impact wouldn't stop at the church door. It actually starts there. & # 39;

According to Rev. Otis Moss III, senior pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Warnock is the first member of Congress from the South since the Reconstruction to expressly commit to the spiritual tradition of the social gospel as planned by people of Chicago and designed was of African descent. & # 39;

The Democrats bet on the "activist pastor" to do well last night, and thousands across the state are angry at the divide they believe Trump sowed and the health care response to Covid-19.

It is also a state where around three quarters of the population attend church regularly.

Warnock strongly believes that the word of Jesus Christ should guide politics and that politics is essential to the work of the Church.

"We're really talking about a renaissance of royal tradition that's really bigger than left or right and red and blue," he told The Atlantic.

"It is a deep human rights tradition that … is shaped by, but not limited to, the Christian tradition."

His opponent Loeffler tried to describe Warnock as radical, which MLK experienced.

But it's something Warnock has learned to take his step.

"I'm an activist preacher," he said earlier this year. "I'm a Christian from Matthew 25, where Jesus says," I was hungry and you fed me. "

His policies are progressive: he rejects all abortion restrictions, supports gay marriage, rejects the concealed carrying of firearms, often talks about living wages for workers, and describes the death penalty as "the ultimate failsafe for white supremacy".

From 2016 to 2020, Warnock was married to Oulèye Ndoye, with whom he shares two children.

The couple's divorce was finalized in May, with Ndoye Accusing Warnock two months earlier of running a car over her foot while trying to get an argument out.

They argued whether their two children could travel to Senegal to see Ndoye's relatives.

The police were called to their home and Warnock was caught on camera when he told the officer that his wife had called the police and said he ran over her foot.

The footage of the incident was released shortly before the runoff election.

Warnock and Ndoye, pictured at their 2014 wedding, have two children together

Warnock and Ndoye, pictured at their 2014 wedding, have two children together

Ouleye Ndoye, 35, told police that they "tried to keep the way he behaved under lock and key".

Ouleye Ndoye, 35, told police that they "tried to keep the way he behaved under lock and key".

Medical officials found no visible signs of injury on his wife's foot.

A police report referring to first responders at Grady Memorial Hospital found that an examination of Ndoye's foot revealed no broken bones, swelling or bruises.

Warnock was never charged with a crime.

When their allegations were first made public in March, Warnock addressed the incident in a sermon.

& # 39; God looks at the heart. We live outside. God knows what's going on inside, ”he said.

“And while divorce isn't ideal, divorce isn't the worst thing that can happen to you. So pray for us

“The second thing I want to tell you – and I hope you will hear me because I will say it one day. I've been here for 15 years, now almost 15 years. I want you to know that I am the man you knew me from. The work we have done together in public reflects my values ​​and who I am privately. The same man in public and in private. & # 39;

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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