Democrat candidate Raphael Warnock appears to have won his senate runoff race by a tight margin with 50.6% of the vote and his opponent (Senator Kelly Loeffler) with 49.4%. Loeffler said there is still a “path to victory” however.
According to the Epoch Times, “The Senate runoff elections were necessary because no candidates exceeded 50 percent of the votes in the November general election. The critical races will determine the party that controls the U.S. Senate. The races drew an estimated 4.5 million voters—which is a record for a runoff—following Monday visits by President Donald Trump and presidential candidate Joe Biden.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 6, 2021
Democrat Warnock claimed victory in the early hours of Wednesday morning saying the following in an online video: “So Georgia I am honored by the faith that you’ve shown in me and I promise you this: tonight I am going to the Senate to work for all of Georgia, no matter who you cast your vote for in this election,”
He said he had “proved that with hope, hard work, and the people by our side, anything is possible.”
Moments earlier, Loeffler spoke to her supporters, saying the following:
Loeffler told her own supporters: “We’re going to win this election. We have a path to victory and we’re staying on it.”
These Georgia senate seats have not been won by a Democrat in over 20 years.
Tom Mahoney of the Chatham County’s Board of Elections, told the news that counting would continue for more than one day.
“I anticipate that those state-wide results are going to be very close,” Mahoney said, “So if we’re talking about three or four thousand votes in Chatham County, I’m afraid that’s going to be significant in the state race. And I’m sure that we’re not going to be the only county that’s going to be counting a few thousand more votes tomorrow morning.”
Gabriel Sterling, the state’s voting implementation systems manager, said in a statement: “Chatham County didn’t just stop. They completed the counting of everything they have in. That includes Election Day, Advanced, & all of the absentees they had in. The last left will be the absentee by mail that came in today.”
In DeKalb County, more than 19,000 ballots “must be manually scanned in order to be tabulated and added to the total vote count” due to “technical issues,” the DeKalb County elections director said. The Epoch Times reported.
Late Tuesday, Sterling wrote on Twitter: “There is a large group of votes from DeKalb Co., the early in-person votes that should be uploaded soon. That will be 171k+.”