Democrats rose on Wednesday with control of the United States Senate thanks to the victories of his two candidates in the second round of the elections in Georgia, which the outgoing president, Donald Trump, had proposed as a referendum on his administration.
After the victory of the Reverend Raphael Warnock was confirmed on Tuesday night, who thus becomes the Georgia’s first African-American senator, the media projections today gave winner to the also democrat Jon Scoff, on his republican rival, David Perdue.
The second round of elections in Georgia, which would normally have been a matter of importance to the state, turned into a dispute of national consequences in which both Trump and President-elect Joe Biden.
Thanks to these victories, both for a very tight result, Biden will have control of both houses of Congress at least during the first two years of management, with which he will be able to advance his policies without the obstruction of the Republican Party.
Warnock, 51, is a Baptist pastor at Ebeneezer Church in Atlanta, where civil rights leader Martin Luther King, assassinated in 1968, was once deputy pastor.
In his election, Warnock obtained 50.6% of the votes and defeated Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler, who received 49.4% of the vote, while Scoff obtained 50.32% of the votes against 49, 68 of his rival.
Until this second electoral round, which was reached because none of the candidates achieved 50% of the votes in the first, in the United States Senate the Democrats had 49 seats and the Republicans with 50.
With the victory of Scoff, who at 33 will be the youngest senator since Biden came to the Senate in 1972, Democrats are tied in seats with Republicans in the Upper House, so that the deciding vote will correspond to the vice president-elect, Kamala Harris, in her capacity as president of the Senate.
Neither Republican candidate has admitted defeat with the argument that thousands of votes sent by members of the Armed Forces abroad are yet to be counted.
Although the two Democrats have already declared themselves winners, votes from sectors in the cities of Atlanta and Savannah that are more favorable to the Democrats remain to be counted.
In proclaiming his victory, Scoff “humbly thanked the people of Georgia” for electing him to the Senate.
Perdue, whose term in the Senate expired last Sunday, thanked “everyone who voted, everyone who has put their faith and trust in our democracy to obtain the representation we deserve, whether voting for me or against me,” participated.
Before Scoff’s victory was confirmed, President-elect Joe Biden, congratulated Warnock and expressed optimism about the possible triumph of the other candidate.
Biden, 77, who will take office on January 20, He also congratulated “the people of Georgia, who came out to vote again in unprecedented numbers, just as they did in November, to elect two new senators, demand action and demand that the elected leaders get out of the deadlock.
The president-elect affirmed that he is “as determined today as yesterday to make the effort to work with people from both parties, at the federal, state and local levels, to accomplish great things for our nation.”
Trump, for his part, took his claims to Georgia that in the presidential election of November 3, he was the victim of fraud, a complaint without evidence that he reiterated at a rally prior to the elections.
The outgoing ruler obtained 74.2 million votes compared to 81.2 million for the Democratic candidate.
“After the last four years, after the election and after the electoral certification process today in Congress, the time has come to turn the page,” Biden said about it.
“Americans demand action and want unity,” he added.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.