ATLANTA — Election Day is finally over-- but one Georgia senate race remains too close to call.
As of 2 a.m. Wednesday, ABC News had projected Raphael Warnock the winner in the race between him and Sen. Kelly Loeffler. The race between Jon Ossoff and David Perdue is separated by just a few thousand votes as key precincts continue to tally votes.
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Jon Ossoff widened his lead over David Perdue as DeKalb County released new numbers Wednesday morning. With 100% of precincts reporting, Ossoff leads Perdue 83.16% to 16.68% in the county. Ossoff gained 3,564 votes with the county’s new update.
As of 4:55 a.m., Ossoff leads Perdue by just over 16,000 votes.
AJC Editor Kevin Riley released a photo of today’s front page of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as Georgians make history by electing the state’s first Black senator. He is one of only 11 men and women to be elected to the Senate, including former President Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
Updated front page. #gapol https://t.co/1vvUcjjBrY pic.twitter.com/FKw38YSMPK— Kevin Riley, Editor (@ajceditor) January 6, 2021
As of 4 a.m., thousands of absentee ballots remain to be counted, according to the AJC’s Greg Bluestein. Many of those are from Democratic strongholds in metro Atlanta.
About 25,000 mail ballots have not been counted, according to data from the Secretary of State’s office. The numbers are estimates based on early data & could change. The ballots are scattered around the state but most are in Democratic strongholds in metro Atlanta. #gapol #gasen pic.twitter.com/3Z4R6LiMRb— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) January 6, 2021
The Perdue campaign just released a statement:
“As we’ve said repeatedly over the last several weeks and as recently as this evening, this is an exceptionally close election that will require time and transparency to be certain the results are fair and accurate and the voices of Georgians are heard. We will mobilize every available resource and exhaust every legal recourse to ensure all legally cast ballots are properly counted. We believe in the end, Senator Perdue will be victorious.”
ABC News projects Raphael Warnock wins one of two Senate seats in Georgia.
BREAKING: Raphael Warnock is projected to win one of two Georgia Senate runoffs, @ABC News projects, a Democratic flip. https://t.co/KjoZgeenzw pic.twitter.com/NullfYXkqV— ABC News (@ABC) January 6, 2021
The Ossoff campaign just released this statement:
“When all the votes are counted we fully expect that Jon Ossoff will have won this election to represent Georgia in the United States Senate. The outstanding vote is squarely in parts of the state where Jon’s performance has been dominant. We look forward to seeing the process through in the coming hours and moving ahead so Jon can start fighting for all Georgians in the U.S. Senate.”
In a late-night speech, Raphael Warnock essentially declares victory in race against Sen. Kelly Loeffler
Declaring victory, Warnock says to Georgians who voted for him, or didn't: "I hear you. I see you. And every day I’m in the United States Senate, I will fight for you. I will fight for your family." #gapol #gasen— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) January 6, 2021
Sen. Kelly Loeffler addresses the crowd at GOP campaign headquarters saying there is still a path to victory.
Sen. Kelly Loeffler addressing supporters. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/rRlgvXoS5o— Dave Huddleston (@DaveHWSB) January 6, 2021
Elections officials with Fulton County say worker picking up ballot boxes have been harassed.
Just finished talking with Fulton spokesperson who says some county staff & election workers were confronted during ballot box locking and ballot pickup. One incident resulted in 2 person crew followed to GWCC,blocked in parking deck. Police were there #gapol #gasen @wsbtv— Nicole Carr (@NicoleCarrWSB) January 6, 2021
The latest elections numbers show there could be a split in which side wins in these races.
I’m hearing from well placed insiders that a split now seems surely possible with Perdue and Warnock as winners.— Justin Farmer (@JustinFarmerWSB) January 6, 2021
The largest portion of uncounted votes is from DeKalb County, a heavily Democratic stronghold.
There is a large group of votes from DeKalb Co., the early in person votes that should be uploaded soon. That will be 171k+. #gapol— Gabriel Sterling (@GabrielSterling) January 6, 2021
The Secretary of State’s Office said official across the state have counted about 3 million votes so far.
According to Fulton County, there will be a total of about 450,000 votes in the county, compared to the 528,000 in November. 71,000 voted today. There were 272,000 early voters. The rest are absentee.
Fulton County Elections Director Richard Barron says poll works have received threats and his office has received bomb threats.
.@FultonInfo elections director says his office received a bomb threat from a Tennessee man last week and the @FBI paid him a visit. He says poll workers have also been subjected to racial slurs over phone and social media. pic.twitter.com/Aqd1IZwt7d— Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) January 6, 2021
All polls are now closed in Georgia.
All polls in Georgia have closed. Only one polling location in Ware was open until 8pm. #gapol— Gabriel Sterling (@GabrielSterling) January 6, 2021
The first poll results have started coming from across the state.
Poll have closed in most counties across the state. A few stayed open a few extra minutes because of problems earlier in the day. In Chatham County, voting at the Old Courthouse on Bull Street was extended to 7:33 p.m. and the Beach High location was extended to 7:35 p.m. due to technical difficulties.
Fulton County’s election director said about 70,000 people voted cross the county today.
.@FultonInfo elections director tells his board there were about 70k votes today across the county. The county saw more than 270k early voters and 104,117 absentee ballots currently in signature verification. "We're pretty close to being done."— Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) January 5, 2021
Gabriel Sterling with the Secretary of State’s Office says the biggest issue they’ve had to deal with today is baseless rumors.
“The biggest thing is we have to deal with is rumors,” Sterling said. “Everybody’s kind of on edge for some of these things. But in general, it’s been steady as she goes.”
Secretary of State’s Office says there have been a handful of counties that have been granted extensions over issues at the polls today.
Our reporters are following the election night parties from all of the candidates.
Just listened to @DaveHWSB report from Loeffler/Perdue watch party location in Buckhead . @LoriWilsonWSB followed with @ossoff interview saying watch party is virtual #gapol @wsbtv— Nicole Carr (@NicoleCarrWSB) January 5, 2021
Channel 2′s Justin Gray learned that only 3 ballot scanners statewide have had a reported problem.
So far, out of more than 27,000 touch screen voting stations in use statewide today - state officials tell us only 4 had a technical problem. only 3 ballot scanners statewide have had a reported problem— Justin Gray (@JustinGrayWSB) January 5, 2021
Channel 2′s Dave Huddleston is inside the Republicans’ watch party. Their message is “hold the line.”
We are inside the @GaRepublicans watch party. That’s the message of this election season, hold the line. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/h2PJeVPihC— Dave Huddleston (@DaveHWSB) January 5, 2021
Channel 2′s Justin Gray learned more about the “minor” voting issue in Columbia County near Augusta - the court has ordered two precincts to open a few minutes later.
more on what state officials call a "minor" issue in Columbia County near Augusta - court has ordered 2 precincts to stay open late - barely. instead of 7, 1 precinct will be open until 7:01. another until 7:04.— Justin Gray (@JustinGrayWSB) January 5, 2021
Gabriel Sterling with the Secretary of State’s Office said there are more than 300,000 absentee ballots outstanding.
.@GabrielSterling : Outstanding absentee ballot count: 306,855 . Remember cutoff for return is 7 p.m. Absentee ballot boxes are locked at the time, as well, aligning with the polls. #gapol— Nicole Carr (@NicoleCarrWSB) January 5, 2021
Cobb County is reporting no major voting issues as of 3:30 p.m.
A judge has ordered the Powder Springs 1A precinct to remain open until 7:10 p.m. tonight because this precinct did not start voting until about 7:10 a.m. There was an issue getting the machines up and running on time. This precinct is at the George E. Ford Center, 4181 Atlanta Street in Powder Springs.
Gabriel Sterling with the Secretary of State’s Office held a news conference about how the election is going so far, and he says it’s been mostly smooth. He said that 4 of the 27,000 touchscreens in the state were replaced.
Channel 2′s Nicole Carr is at a warehouse in northwest Atlanta where some ballots will be counted tonight. She says the security has been increased.
Channel 2′s Tony Thomas in Gwinnett County reports “slow and steady” turnout at one Lawrenceville polling location, with more than 300 people voting.
Channel 2 Investigative Reporter Nicole Carr is at the warehouse where ballots will be finalized.
Security noticeably tighter at the Fulton County election warehouse, where the focus will be after polls close this evening. This is where the ballots are tabulated/finalized, and where we spent so many days after the General Election. #gapol @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/zqCkqMtNG7— Nicole Carr (@NicoleCarrWSB) January 5, 2021
President Donald Trump is tweeting about supposed voting issues in Columbia County. The Secretary of State’s office says those issues were resolved hours ago and the public was informed in real time.
And this issue in Columbia Co. was resolved hours ago and our office informed the public about it in real time. The votes of everyone will be protected and counted. Sorry you received old intel Mr. President. https://t.co/qqGmnIqwsM— Gabriel Sterling (@GabrielSterling) January 5, 2021
In Columbia County there was a programming error on security keys for some locations scanners & poll worker cards. Voting continued on backup emergency ballots. Everyone still was able to cast a ballot.— Justin Gray (@JustinGrayWSB) January 5, 2021
Channel 2′s Mike Petchenik reports no line at the Wolf Creek Library in South Fulton.
No line at lunch at the Wolf Creek library in South Fulton. pic.twitter.com/pSFIpW1dGc— Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) January 5, 2021
Channel 2′s Justin Gray met with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger this afternoon and there was a steady line of voters.
Met with @GaSecofState a short time ago at Park Tavern - the site of huge lines in the June Primary when many precincts were combined there because of Covid. No line when we were there today & poll workers say they’ve had steady attendance but numbers they can handle pic.twitter.com/lhMlMXCwfb— Justin Gray (@JustinGrayWSB) January 5, 2021
Gabriel Sterling with the Secretary of State’s Office reports an average of 1 minute wait times across Georgia.
Smooth election so far this morning across Georgia. We are at about an average of 1 minute wait times. The longest we are aware of is about 20 minutes. Get out and vote. It’s quick and easy. #gapol pic.twitter.com/4sefazgK2U— Gabriel Sterling (@GabrielSterling) January 5, 2021
Channel 2′s Steve Gehlbach reports low turnout at St. Philip AME Church in DeKalb County. He said it may be due to the high early voting or absentee.
“It’s less people now then was the first time. It was packed the first time here,” said voter Derrick Evans.
Senator Kelly Loeffler held an impromptu event in Sandy Springs this morning.
.@KLoeffler just finished an impromptu event in Sandy Springs. She told us she’s “left it all out on the field” and doesn’t think @realDonaldTrump rhetoric about election fraud will keep her supporters home. pic.twitter.com/drYoA0HgIR— Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) January 5, 2021
Channel 2′s Linda Stouffer gave out information about how to check your absentee ballot.
Absentee voters- here’s how to check ballot status. Heard from a few voters today with mailing delays: https://t.co/uYHc3uABxI https://t.co/nvD7lQec80— Linda Stouffer (@LindaWSB) January 5, 2021
Gabriel Sterling with the Secretary of State’s Office reports a programming error for some scanners and pollworker cards in Columbia County. But he said that voting is continuing on backup emergency ballots.
Some issues in Columbia Co. There was a programming error on security keys for some locations scanners & pollworker cards. Voting continues on backup emergency ballots. Newly programmed keys&cards are being taken to locations via law enforcement.— Gabriel Sterling (@GabrielSterling) January 5, 2021
A Channel 2 Action News producer reported that an issue with the poll pads at the Alpharetta Recreation Center caused a line to form. But the issue has been fixed and the line is now moving.
Polls have opened across the state of Georgia. A record 3 million people have already voted.
Channel 2′s Steve Gehlbach is inside one polling location in DeKalb County where election workers are beginning to turn on their voting machines.
Starting to turn on polling booths here in DeKalb County. Voting begins at 7am pic.twitter.com/vrOedcspxL— Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) January 5, 2021
Channel 2′s Kristen Holloway said she seen some election workers begin to arrive at the Gwinnett County election headquarters ahead of the 7 a.m. opening.
Channel 2′s Steve Gehlbach in DeKalb County said he spoke with county election officials and they said after six elections this cycle, they are prepared for this Senate runoff. In-person voting today could rival, or even top, what we saw in November’s general election, according to officials.
GEORGIA VOTER GUIDE:
- How to vote by absentee ballot for Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoff elections
- COUNTY-BY-COUNTY: Where can I early vote in north Georgia for the Senate runoff?
- INTERACTIVE MAP: Where can I drop off my absentee ballot in metro Atlanta?
- Meet the candidates running for Georgia’s U.S. Senate Seat: David Perdue vs. Jon Ossoff
- Meet candidates for Georgia’s U.S. Senate Seat: Kelly Loeffler vs. Raphael Warnock
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