U.S. Senate runoff races in Georgia too close to call

U.S. Senate runoff races in Georgia too close to call

(The Center Square) – The two U.S. Senate runoff elections in Georgia that will determine the balance of power in the chamber were too close to call early Wednesday morning.

If Republicans win one or both of the elections, the GOP will retain control in the U.S. Senate. If Democrats win both elections, the chamber will be split, 50-50, with Democrat and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris holding the tiebreaker vote. Two independent senators caucus with the Democrats.

With 98.61% of precincts reporting, Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. David Perdue led Democrat Jon Ossoff, 50.02% to 49.98% – a margin of 1,869 votes. Democrat Raphael Warnock led Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, 50.4% to 49.6% – a margin of 35,031 votes.

More than 4.3 million votes had been counted in each race.

Perdue was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014. He won 49.73% of the vote to Ossoff's 47.95% in the general election. Ossoff, an investigative journalist and media executive, ran for Congress in 2017 in the special election for Georgia's 6th Congressional District.

Loeffler, who was appointed to retired U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson's vacant seat in December 2019, and Warnock emerged from a pack of 21 candidates in the general election, where Warnock won 32.9% of the vote compared with Loeffler's 25.91%. Warnock is a senior pastor of the Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached.

* This article was originally published here

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