About 98% of the votes have been counted in the Georgia special elections. At the 90% mark, Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue were in the lead; however, this took an abrupt shift when Democrat Raphael Warnock suddenly gained a lead over Loeffler.
Americans across the nation are watching the vote count and weighing in with their thoughts. Although only one race has been called, the New York Times election needles are already projecting wins for both Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.
The race between Perdue and Ossoff still remains tied at 50%; however, in the runoff election between Loeffler and Warnock, multiple outlets have declared Warnock the winner, according to Breitbart News.
The Facts About the Loeffler vs. Warnock Runoff
In Georgia, a total of 97% of precincts already reported their vote numbers. Thus far, the percentages have Warnock at 50.5% while Loeffler comes in at 49.5%. At 2:00 AM this morning, the Associated Press called the race for Warnock; a little after 11:00 PM last night, Newsmax, a right-leaning publication, also declared that Warnock defeated Loeffler.
Last night, Loeffler addressed her supporters. The Georgia Republican explained that votes are still coming in and being counted; she also remained publicly optimistic that a path to victory for her still remains.
Congratulations to our next U.S. Senator, @ReverendWarnock. Last January, I endorsed my dear friend in his quest to serve. Soon, he will walk those august halls & cast votes as a leader with courage, justice and integrity.
God bless you and keep you in your service to us all. pic.twitter.com/lzdDxRA5zv
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) January 6, 2021
Warnock, on the other hand, has already claimed victory. He spoke to his supporters over a live video feed and went after Loeffler for criticizing him throughout the campaign. The man who once called for America to “repent for its worship of whiteness” then alleged that he “sees” and “hears” all Georgians, even those who did not vote for him.
Perdue vs. Ossoff
While Perdue and Ossoff are both tied at 50%, the specific number of votes counted shows the Georgia Democrat leading the GOP senator. Ossoff appears to have gained a vote lead in the wee hours of the morning, considering that Perdue still led the Democrat at 2:00 AM today.
Statement from our campaign: pic.twitter.com/evoAgl05dy
— David Perdue (@Perduesenate) January 6, 2021
Georgia’s secretary of state maintains that by noon on Wednesday, there will be a clearer picture of where these runoffs stand. With one race already called for Warnock, it remains to be seen whether or not Perdue will ultimately prevail over Ossoff.
In order for the Republican Party to keep the Senate, they must retain one seat in these Georgia special elections.
Are you surprised that Raphael Warnock is projected as the winner against Kelly Loeffler? Do you think David Perdue will manage to keep his Senate seat? Let us know in the comments section below.