Ossoff, Warnock projected for Senate victories


Raphael Warnock, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Reverend Raphael Warnock (Democrat) is projected to win the Georgia Senate.

Democratic opponents Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are projected to defeat GOP incumbent Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in the two key Georgia runoff elections.

In January of 2020, sitting Republican Senator from Georgia Johnny Isakson deciding to resign due to health concerns. This prompted Governor Brian Kemp to appoint businesswoman Kelly Loeffler to fill Isakson’s vacated seat.

Since Loeffler had been appointed and not elected, it called for a special election. Her main competitor was Reverend Raphael Warnock, who received 32.9% of the initial vote to Loeffler’s 25.9%. This called for a runoff election, as per law in the state of Georgia.

Sitting Senator David Perdue decided to run for re-election in 2020, but faced competition in the form of former Congressional Staffer Jon Ossoff. On November 3rd, Perdue received 49.73% of the vote to Ossoff’s 47.95%, forcing a runoff.

Ossoff and Warnock campaigned hard from the announcement of the runoff elections to January 5th, the day of.

With lead changes intermittently throughout the evening, a clear trend emerged. Dumps of votes projected to favor the GOP by 5.6%, for instance, were only favoring the GOP 5%, meaning they lose ground in the projections. On the other hand, votes projected to favor the Democratic Party by 5.6% were favoring them by 6%, gaining them even more ground.

By the end of the day Tuesday, Warnock was projected to beat Loeffler by 1.9%, while Ossoff was projected to defeat Perdue by 1.1%.

If both Ossoff and Warnock were to hold on their leads and be elected to the United States Senate, with Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie breaking vote, the Democrats would have a 51/50 majority in the senate.

With the Democrats having the presidency, the House and now the Senate, they could pass major legislation to steer the country to a new progressive future.