President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday toasted Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff for their performance in the Senate runoffs in Georgia.
Warnock was declared the victor over Sen. Kelly Loeffler in the early-morning hours. Ossoff leads Republican David Perdue by more than 15,000 votes, but the race remains too close to call. If Ossoff holds on, Democrats will have wrested control of the Senate from Republicans and delivered a defining blow to the Trump era.
“I congratulate Reverend Warnock on his groundbreaking win last night and I am hopeful that when the count is complete, Jon Ossoff will also be victorious,” Biden said in a statement.
Biden went on to say that voters in Georgia “delivered a resounding message” calling for progressive policies and additional coronavirus relief that Senate Republicans have blocked.
“After the past four years, after the election, and after today’s election certification proceedings on the Hill, it’s time to turn the page,” Biden said.
Despite his qualified congratulations to Ossoff, the president-elect preemptively awarded the title of Majority Leader to Sen. Chuck Schumer while adding that he would work with Republicans even if they are relegated to the minority in Congress.
“I’m also just as determined today as I was yesterday to try to work with people in both parties — at the federal, state, and local levels — to get big things done for our nation,” Biden said.
Biden also extended kudos to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, calling the pair “twin powers of Georgia” for their efforts to turn the state into a political battleground.
Biden’s statement came shortly before President Donald Trump was scheduled to speak at a massive protest timed to a doomed Republican effort to contest the president-elect’s victory in Congress.
Trump has fumed in the wake of Republicans’ performance in the runoffs, lobbing baseless accusations that the election was skewed to Democrats’ benefit. The lame-duck president also appeared to lack faith in Perdue’s chances of overtaking Ossoff, tweeting that unnamed “scoundrels” are merely letting him twist in the wind.
“These scoundrels are only toying with the @sendavidperdue (a great guy) vote,” Trump wrote. “Just didn’t want to announce quite yet. They’ve got as many ballots as are necessary. Rigged Election!”
Biden says it’s ‘time to turn the page’ after Dem success in Georgia runoffs The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ Politico.