Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Georgia election: Democrats on course for Senate control - BBC News

The Democratic Party of US President-elect Joe Biden is on the verge of taking control of the Senate as results come in from two elections in Georgia.

Raphael Warnock, a pastor from Atlanta, is projected to have won one of the seats. The other is on a knife-edge.

If the Democrats win both, Mr Biden will have a much better chance of pushing through his legislative agenda.

The election is being rerun because of Georgia's rule that a candidate must take 50% of the vote in order to win.

None of the candidates in November's general election met that threshold.


  1. Democrats won one hotly contested U.S. Senate race in Georgia on Wednesday and pulled ahead in a second, edging closer to control of the chamber and the power to advance Democratic President-elect Joe Biden's policy goals when he takes office this month.

    Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock beat Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler, TV networks and Edison Research projected. Democrat Jon Ossoff held a narrow lead over Republican David Perdue in the other race, with a final outcome not expected until later on Wednesday.

    With 98% reporting, Warnock was ahead of Loeffler by 1.2 percentage points, roughly 50,000 votes, while Ossoff led Perdue by more than 12,000 votes, according to Edison Research.

  2. Democrats must win both contests to take control of the Senate. A Democratic sweep would create a 50-50 split in the Senate and give Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, as president of the Senate, the tie-breaking vote after she and Biden take office on Jan. 20. The party already has a narrow majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

  3. With 98% of votes counted, US TV networks and the Associated Press news agency called the first of the two races for Mr Warnock.

    Control of the Senate in the first two years of Mr Biden's term will be determined by the outcome of the second run-off.

    Mr Warnock is set to become the first black senator for the state of Georgia - a slavery state in the US Civil War - and only the 11th black senator in US history.

    1. Although the Democrats would need to take both seats to gain full control of Congress, the Republican party of outgoing President Donald Trump only needs to win one in order to retain the Senate.

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

  4. Final results are expected by 12:00 on Wednesday, Georgia time (17:00 GMT).

    The margins are extremely tight. Mr Warnock is projected to have won his race by 50.6% to 49.4% for Kelly Loeffler.

  5. Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff has claimed victory over incumbent Republican David Perdue in a crucial run-off election in Georgia. If confirmed, the Democratic Party will secure a slim Senate majority.

    Fellow Democratic contender Raphael Warnock was projected by many outlets as the winner in a parallel race against Republican Kelly Loeffler hours earlier. Ossoff’s victory, however, is less certain. While Vox has called the race for the Democrat, AP still considers his lead too narrow at the time of writing.

  6. En medio del caos que provocan seguidores de Donald Trump alrededor del Capitolio en Washington, EE.UU., los candidatos a senadores demócratas Jon Ossoff y Raphael Warnock resultaron ganadores en el último balotaje del estado de Georgia, que quedaba por definirse, informó la agencia AP.

    Esto implica que el partido del presidente electo, Joe Biden, tendrá el control de la mayoría en las dos cámaras del Congreso norteamericano.


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