Three days after the second round of elections in Georgia which ensured full control of Congress for Democrats, Senator David Perdue admitted his loss to his Democratic challenger, Jon Ossoff.
Mr Perdue’s concession on Friday, coupled with Senator Kelly Loeffler’s concession to Senator-elect Raphael Warnock a day earlier, ensures that the second-round results in Georgia will not be subject to the prolonged and baseless challenges that President Trump has raised to its own loss as it is.
“Although we won the general election, we broke Georgia’s 50% rule, and now I want to congratulate the Democratic Party and my opponent on this second round victory,” Perdue said in a statement. communicated. In the November election he got 49.7% of the vote against 47.9% for Mr Ossoff, but Georgia demands a run-off if no candidate reaches 50% – ironically, a system that has historically benefited the conservative candidates by reducing the power of black voters.
With around 98% of the votes counted, Mr. Ossoff is ahead by 45,000 votes, or about a percentage point: more than three times the number of votes by which President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. won the state, and double the margin. that would have allowed Mr. Perdue to request a recount.
Mr Ossoff and Mr Warnock will be sworn in after Georgia election officials certify the results – most likely at the time of Mr Biden’s inauguration on January 20. This will create a 50-50 split between Democrats and Republicans in the Senate, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris severing ties and ending six years of Republican control of the chamber.