Rev. Raphael Warnock declared victory Wednesday morning in Georgia’s Senate runoff election as his Republican opponent Sen. Kelly Loeffler vowed to fight on.
Warnock celebrated his apparent win in the Peach State, as NBC projected that he would be victorious in the tight race.
“Georgia, I am honored by the faith that you have shown in me,” Warnock said in an address to supporters.
“And I promise you this tonight: I am going to the Senate to work for all of Georgia, no matter who you cast your vote for in this election.”
Warnock emphasized that the race was predicted to be a tough challenge for a Democrat.
“We were told that we couldn’t win this election, but tonight we proved that with hope, hard work and the people by our side, anything is possible,” Warnock said.
Loefller, meanwhile, who with 97 percent reporting trailed Warnock by about 36,000 votes, did not concede in her address.
“We got some work to do here. This is a game of inches. We’re going to win this election. We’re going to save this country,” Loefller said.
“We’re going to win Georgia and save America.”
Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff, who was leading GOP Sen Purdue by a razor thin margin, was optimistic about his chances early on Wednesday.
“When all the votes are counted we fully expect that Jon Ossoff will have won this election,” his campaign said in a statement.
“The outstanding vote is squarely in parts of the state where Jon’s performance has been dominant.”
If both Warnock and Ossoff are victorious, the Democrats would seize back control of the Senate.
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