Democrat Warnock defeats Republican Loeffler, makes history as the first Black senator from Georgia

By CNN On Wed, 6 Jan, 2021 10:18 | < 1 min read
Democrat Raphael Warnock
Democrat Raphael Warnock has edged out Georgia Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler in a closely watched runoff election. PHOTO | COURTESY

Democratic Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock will defeat GOP candidate Kelly Loeffler, CNN projects.

Warnock will make history as the first Black US senator from Georgia.

In an address earlier Wednesday, Warnock spoke to his supporters and thanked them.

“To everyone out there struggling today, whether you voted for me or not, know this,” Warnock said. “I hear you, I see you and every day I’m in the United States Senate I will fight for you.”

Some context: The party that wins the race between GOP candidate David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff will take control of the Senate.

Ossoff campaign: “We look forward to seeing the process through”

Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff’s campaign has released a statement expressing confidence in winning the runoff election when “all the votes are counted.”

“When all the votes are counted we fully expect that Jon Ossoff will have won this election to represent Georgia in the United States Senate,” the statement said.

“We look forward to seeing the process through in the coming hours and moving ahead so Jon can start fighting for all Georgians in the U.S. Senate,” the statement continues.

CNN has not made a projection in the race. Ossoff is currently neck-and-neck with Republican rival David Perdue.

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