Democrat Jon Ossoff declared victory over GOP incumbent Sen. David Perdue Wednesday morning in the second of the Senate runoff races in Georgia — despite the election not yet being formally called.
“I thank the people of Georgia for electing me to serve you in the United States Senate, thank you for the confidence and trust that you have placed in me,” Ossoff said in a video on YouTube.
Perdue has yet to concede.
He declared victory hours after the Rev. Raphael Warnock was declared the winner against Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler
If Ossoff’s win stands it would ensure a 50-50 split in the Senate with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris poised to cast any tie-breaking votes.
Ossoff had fallen behind Perdue on Tuesday but recovered as mail-in votes from Fulton County, a Democratic stronghold, were tallied giving him a slight edge of just more than 9,000 votes.
Ossoff, at 33 years old, would become the youngest person elected to the Senate since Joe Biden’s win when he was 28.
Jon Ossoff declares victory in Georgia Senate runoff that has yet to be called The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ New York Post.