ATLANTA – Democrat Raphael Warnock defeated Republican Kelly Loeffler on Tuesday, NBC News Projects, in one of two critical runoff elections in Georgia that will determine Senate control and possibly the fate of Joe Biden’s presidency / p>

“Tonight we proved that with hope, hard work and the people by our side anything is possible,” Warnock told supporters on a video live stream

Democrats have to win both competitions to flip the Senate, but the other race between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican David Perdue falls short with 98 percent of the expected votes, according to NBC News

If Perdue wins, Republicans will retain control of the House and may block President-elect Biden appointments, judiciary selection, and the legislative agenda – whopping stakes, which Biden said Monday would “set the course not just for.” determine the next four years, but for the next generation “

Warnock, who has never run for public office, is the pastor of Martin Luther King JrFormer Atlanta Church Becomes the first black Senator from Georgia and only 11th Black Senator in American History He won thanks in part to the astronomical black turnout

Warnock was born in Savannah, the eleventh of twelve children raised by his parents as Pentecostal preachers on a public housing project before attending the historically black Morehouse College with a Pell Grant

“Congratulations on our next US. Senator, “Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams tweeted in Warnock,” He’s going to be walking these August halls soon & cast votes as a leader with courage, righteousness and integrity. God bless you and keep you in your service to all of us “

Loeffler declined in her own brief remarks at an election night party in Atlanta before NBC News projected winner Warnock to allow the race

“It’s worth this election going until tomorrow. We’ll make sure every vote is counted Every legal vote is counted And I’m not going to stop working,” she said

The unusual elections, in which the state held runoff elections for two Senate seats at the same time, shattered spending records with the campaigns and allied super PACs that have advertised voters in the two months since the year more than half a billion Dollars flooded November general election

Warnock’s victory in the special elections means he will fill the remainder of the term of office of former GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson, who resigned on health grounds in late 2019, was appointed to fill the seat until an election could be held in Warnock must stand for re-election in 2022 when the term of office expires

The winner of the other race, a regular election, can serve a full six-year term

In some rural areas where the GOP had to raise the score and the census was completed quickly, the Republican turnout was slightly lower than the Democratic vote when compared to the November general election

Meanwhile, voter turnout had risen in democratic and heavily African-American areas.The chairman of the electoral committee in Fulton County, which includes most of the heavily Democratic Atlanta, told reporters in a virtual briefing that the turnout on election day was lower Surpassed elections in November

If the Democrats won both seats, the Senate would split 50:50 and let Vice President-elect Kamala Harris cast the decisive vote

The other race remains close, and staff are following Georgian rules for recounts which allow a losing candidate to claim one if the race is within half a percentage point. As of 2:42 am ET Wednesday, Ossoff had 501 percent of the vote while Perdue 49 had 9 percent

Gabriel Sterling, a senior election official in Georgia, predicted at a press conference Tuesday evening that it would be a “long night”

“There will be a nickel and a dime scratching and scratching for the next few hours as these keep coming in,” said Sterling. “There are big tranches for Democrats and there are many small tranches of votes for Republicans”

Officials reported short queues and no major issues during election day after more than 3 million Georgians took advantage of early voting

President Donald Trump, who held a rally for the GOP ticket in a Conservative corner of the state Monday night, has not stopped trying to overcome his loss in the November election, and those attempts have overshadowed the runoff election, some Republicans feared that his attacks on Georgia election officials will depress the turnout of the GOP

Three-quarters of Georgia Republicans think the 2020 presidential election is unfair, while 93 percent of Democrats say they were fair, according to polls by NBC News

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