Democrats set to retake control of the Senate after Georgia runoffs Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 1, 2021

The Democrats are now set to retake control of the United States senate after Georgia runoff elections on Tuesday.

Democrat Raphael Warnock defeated Republican Kelly Loeffler while the other Democrat Jon Ossoff has expanded his lead over Republican David Perdue with 98 percent of the votes counted.

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The Associated Press, CNN and Fox News have already called Warnock’s victory while Ossoff was leading by almost 17,000 votes.

Most votes left to be tabulated are coming from Democratic controlled areas, and are most likely to favor Warnock and Ossoff.

The two senate wins would likely hand President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vice President-elect Kalama D. Harris a favorable senate that would likely confirm all their cabinet picks and help implement their policies.

About 4.5 million Georgians voted in the election.

Warnock is now the first black senator-elect from Georgia.

In a victory speech via zoom, Warnock thanked Georgians and promised to work for all Georgians. “I hear you, I see you, I will work for you,” he said.

The Democrats will now likely control the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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