Georgia's GOP governor under fire after US Senate losses

Saturday, 09 Jan, 2021

Ossoff defeated incumbent Republican Senator David Perdue with a almost 25,000-vote margin, or 0.56 per cent, with 98 per cent of the expected vote counted, NBC and ABC projected.

Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff's victories in Georgia's January 5 run-off election will put the Democrats in control of the Senate.

Still, with a narrow majority in the House - and their hold on the Senate depending on tie-breaking from Vice President-elect Kamala Harris - Democratic leaders will have to navigate around moderates in their own party and lure 60 votes to overcome a filibuster against major environmental legislation. And Ossoff becomes the state's first Jewish senator and, at 33 years old, the Senate's youngest member.

Warnock's win also crystalizes a yearslong political shift in Georgia, where growing numbers of minorities and college-educated residents have helped turn the state from a longtime Republican stronghold into a swing state. After the death of Georgia Congressman John Lewis, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi swore in Lewis' replacement, Kwanza Hall just two days after Hall's December 1 election-nearly two weeks before Georgia formally certified Hall's victory on December 16.

USA businesses - a growing number of which have adopted net-zero emissions goals, or are having to adhere to tougher climate policies in other countries where they work - also increasingly want consistent, clear climate policy, she said.

Once their wins are certified, Warnock and Ossoff will present their certificates of election and take the prescribed oath of office in an open session of the Senate. Among them: Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, who repeatedly refused to back baseless claims that Trump won the election, and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who rejected the president's pleas to "find" more Trump votes in a recorded phone call that became public.

"While my heart breaks at not being able to continue to serve Georgia and America, I'm tremendously proud of all that we've achieved together", she said. But tonight, we proved that with hope, hard work, and the people by our side, anything is possible.

In a tweet, president-elect Joe Biden said he called both Mr Warnock and Mr Ossoff to congratulate them on their success.

Biden, introducing several members of his economic team, spoke on Friday after data showed the US economy lost jobs for the first time in eight months in December as a resurgent COVID-19 pandemic shuttered restaurants and other businesses.

Still in office, Kelly Loeffler had planned to object, Wednesday, to the certification by Congress of the victory of Joe Biden in the presidential election on November 3. For another, it will take some time for Georgia to certify its election results. Most importantly, with the two chambers at his side, he will be able to reassure the global community that the U.S., the most powerful country both economically and militarily, will act responsibly and be more proactive in trying to contribute to the solution to problems across the globe. Many voters decided election day was the best bet.

That, according to Stanford political scientist Morris P. Fiorina, would "split the party, and have far less appeal to defecting Republican suburbanites than getting rid of Trump did".

Even with Trump's claims, voters in both parties were drawn to the polls because of the high stakes.

One party will control the House, Senate and White House - but will it last?

"Georgia's first Black senator will make the (Senate) chamber more reflective of our country as a whole and open the door for a Congress that can forego gridlock for gridlock's sake to focus instead on the many crises facing our nation", Obama said.