Democrats Take Back The Senate After Jon Ossoff Beats Out David Perdue
Th Democrat was declared the winner in the runoff against former Sen. David Perdue.
January 06, 2021 at 10:06 pm
Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff has been declared the winner of his runoff election against former Sen. David Perdue, according to ABC News and NBC News.
BREAKING: Jon Ossoff wins U.S. Senate runoff in Georgia, NBC News projects. pic.twitter.com/Aw7iivnOfB
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 6, 2021
With Ossoff's win, the Senate is now split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans. In the event of a tie, the vote will be broken by the vice president, which will be Kamala Harris after Jan. 20.
Ossoff declared himself the winner on Tuesday night even though news outlets hadn't yet officially called it. In order to avoid a recount, candidates in Georgia have to win by more than .5 percent, something that was unclear as the mail-in ballots were still being counted.
But through the night, the vote totals made it clear that Ossoff was the likely winner because the remaining votes were coming from heavily-Democratic areas in Georgia.
Ossoff's lead has now surpassed 0.5%, which is the margin at which David Perdue could ask for a recount.
It sits at +0.56% (+25K votes).
Warnock's win is more decisive still: +1.5% right now.
— Taniel (@Taniel) January 6, 2021