Joe Biden’s Democratic Party took a giant step Wednesday towards seizing control of the US Senate as they won the first of two Georgia run-offs.
Hours before Congress was set to certify the president-elect’s victory over Donald Trump, Joe Biden’s Democratic Party took a giant step Wednesday towards seizing control of the US Senate as they won the first of two Georgia run-offs.
Projected by multiple US networks overnight, Reverend Raphael Warnock’s victory capped a grueling nine-week runoff campaign. This also puts Georgia’s other knife-edge race in the spotlight for its potential to impact the balance of power in Washington.
Warnock, in a livestream after the victory, told supporters: “I promise you this tonight: I am going to the Senate to work for all of Georgia.”
Hours before Trump is expected to suffer another bitter blow when Congress affirms Biden’s Electoral College victory, if the Republicans lose the second race it would be a political debacle.
They will try to block the certification of the vote, many republicans have suggested.
However, numbers score by Republicans appear slim and the House and Senate are all but guaranteed to reject the effort and certify the Electoral College results.
Meanwhie, becoming just the third African American to win a Senate seat from the South, Warnock has made a history.
Campaign manager of Jon Ossoff, the democractic candidate in the second race, said in a statement that once all votes are counted they “fully expect” Ossoff will have defeated his Republican opponent.
“Georgia — The nation is looking to you to lead us forward,” Joe Biden, the President-elect had tweeted on Tuesday.
The 78-year-old Democrat wrote: “The power is in your hands.”
Vice President Mike Pence, on Wednesday, will preside over a joint session of Congress to certify the Electoral College vote that confirmed Biden as the winner of the White House.
However, Trump has urged Pence to “reject fraudulently chosen electors” — a move the vice president has no legal authority to make.