WASHINGTON – Georgia Democrats allegedly won one of the US Senate races and are leading the second, coming close to gaining control of the House and the necessary potential to achieve the political goals of President-elect Joe Biden.
According to American media forecasts, Democrat Raphael Warnock won the second round of Senate elections in Georgia, becoming the first black senator in the history of the state.
With his victory, the Democratic majority in the Senate was within reach.
The media declared Warnock the winner when his advantage over Kelly Lefler was over 40 thousand votes and almost all ballots were counted.
“We were told that we could not win this election, but today we proved that with hope, hard work and the people on our side, anything is possible,” Warnock said in an address to his supporters.
Acting Senator Lefleur refused to admit defeat in a short address to supporters shortly after midnight.
“We have some work to do. This is a game where every little thing matters. We will win this election, ”said Lefler, a former businesswoman who was appointed to the Senate seat by the state governor less than a year ago.
In Georgia’s second election, Democrat John Ossoff is ahead of Republican David Purdue, who is seeking re-election, and the initiative appears to be on his side. At first he was ahead of Purdue by less than 4,000 votes, but now the gap has widened to 16,000. However, it is believed that even in this case it is too early to sum up the results, given that the counting of votes continues.
Democrats need both of their candidates to win for the party to win a majority in the Senate, and with it, control of the new Congress when President-elect Joe Biden takes office in two weeks.
The battle for two Senate seats unfolded between incumbent Republican Senators David Purdue and Kelly Leffler and Democrats – documentary filmmaker John Ossoff and Baptist pastor Reverend Raphael Warnock.
The vote will determine which party will control the upper house of Congress, as well as demonstrate the potential for President-elect Joe Biden to pursue his ambitious campaign strategy.
Georgia’s secretary of state Brad Raffensperger told CNN that the official race results could be announced on Wednesday, but the final election result could remain in question for days if the difference in votes cast for one candidate or another is minimal.
Election commissioners began counting ballots immediately after polling stations closed at 7:00 pm East Coast time.
Although no Democrat has been able to run for the Senate from Georgia over the past 20 years, opinion polls show that this time around, the chances of Republicans and Democrats to win are about the same.
A second round of elections was required after no candidate was able to win over 50% of voters in November.
According to the results of the exit poll, conducted by the agency Edison Research, the opinions of voters who took part in the second round of elections in Georgia were equally divided.
About half of the exit poll participants supported the Republicans, while the other half declared their support for the Democrats.
Less than an hour before the end of voting, it was extended in some polling stations by a judge’s decision.
While there was good turnout in some areas, electoral officials spoke of a low turnout early in the day, including in the deeply conservative region where President Donald Trump had traveled the previous day to encourage Republican voters to vote actively.
Biden and Trump personally campaigned for their candidates ahead of the election, though some Republicans feared the president might embarrass voters with his incessant allegations of electoral fraud in an effort to undermine Biden’s victory.
Even before Tuesday, Georgia broke its record for second-round turnout, when more than three million voters voted by mail or early.
“Georgia! Come out and vote! ” – wrote Trump on Tuesday in a tweet, urging his supporters to vote for two Republican candidates.
If just one of the two Republican candidates wins, Biden will have a hard time securing approval for his most ambitious plans to expand government-backed health insurance programs, overcome racial inequality and tackle climate change.
The Georgia vote marks the official end of the busy 2020 election season, more than two months after voting wrapped up in the rest of the country.