“I thank the people of Georgia for choosing me to serve you in the United States Senate. Thank you for the trust that you have shown me, ”- with these words on Wednesday morning, the Democratic politician John Ossoff addressed the residents of Georgia.
Ossoff, a 33-year-old documentary filmmaker, tentatively defeated incumbent Georgia Senator David Purdue by a small margin, is likely to become the youngest US senator.
Earlier on Wednesday, US media announced the victory of another Democrat, Baptist Pastor Rafael Warnock, in the second round of Senate elections from Georgia.
Warnock was declared the winner by the media when he had more than 40,000 votes over the incumbent Senator – Republican Senator Kelly Lefler – and almost all of the 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.
A victory for Ossoff and Warnock in Georgia is likely to ensure that Democrats gain control of the upper house of the US Congress. In this case, each of the two parties will have 50 percent of the vote in the Senate, and the casting vote will belong to Kamala Harris, who is elected vice president of the United States.