ABC News projects Ossoff wins Senate seat giving Democrats majority

ATLANTA — History was made in Georgia on Tuesday. Reverend Raphael Warnock is set to become the state’s first Black U.S. Senator.

The other Senate race between Jon Ossoff and David Perdue is too close to call, but Ossoff is ahead by thousands of votes.

Control of the U.S. Senate when President-elect Joe Biden takes office hinges on the outcome of that Georgia race.

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4:08 p.m.

ABC News projects Jon Ossoff has won Georgia’s second Senate seat, defeating incumbent David Perdue.

3:47 p.m.

Rep. Nikema Williams says she is safe at U.S. Capitol.

3:10 p.m.

Officials with the Secretary of State’s Office denounce protesters storming the U.S. Capitol.

1:47 p.m.

President-Elect posted on Twitter that he called Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff to “congratulate them on their hard-fought campaigns.”

Georgia voters delivered a resounding message yesterday: they want action on the crises we face and they want it right now. Together, we’ll get it done.”

ABC News and the Associated Press declared Warnock the winner Tuesday night. The Ossoff race is too close to call but he is leading David Perdue by several thousand votes.

1:26 p.m.

Republican Lauren ‘Bubba’ McDonald wins 4th term on Georgia Public Service Commission, defeating Democrat Daniel Blackman, the Associated Press has declared.

1:16 p.m.

President Barack Obama released a statement about Georgia’s Senate runoff election. He cited his friend and former colleague, the late Rep. John Lewis as “carrying the baton that he and so many others passed down to them.”

“I want to congratulate Reverend Raphael Warnock on his election as Georgia’s next U.S. Senator -- and while we’re still waiting on final results in the other runoff, it’s clear that last night’s showing, alongside President-Elect Biden’s November victory in Georgia, is a testament to the power of the tireless and often unheralded work of grassroots organizing and the resilient, visionary leadership of Stacey Abrams.”

1:04 p.m.

Channel 2′s Justin Gray at the Georgia Secretary of State’s office said there are bouquets of flowers all around the country. And the flowers were sent by people not just in Georgia, but from all over the country.

12:36 p.m.

During a rally in Washington DC, President Trump tore into Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and the election.

Trump called Kemp “one of the dumbest Governors in the United States.” Without any proof, we went on to say that there was cheating involved in the Senate runoff election.

11:50 a.m.:

President-Elect Joe Biden released a statement Wednesday congratulating Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.

Biden also went on to thank Stacey Abrams and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms “who have laid the difficult groundwork necessary to encourage turnout and protect the vote over these last years.”

“Georgia’s voters delivered a resounding message yesterday: they want action on the crises we face and they want it right now. On COVID-19, on economic relief, on climate, on racial justice, on voting rights and so much more. They want us to move, but move together. It looks like we will emerge from yesterday’s election with Democratic leadership in the House and the Senate, and of course I’m pleased that we will be able to work with Speaker Pelosi and a Majority Leader Schumer.”

Read his full statement here

11:30 a.m.:

Gabriel Sterling, with the Georgia Secretary of State, said in a news conference that there are still more than 60,000 outstanding absentee ballots.

Sterling said based on the outstanding ballots’ location, he expects that Jon Ossoff will end up outside the .5% margin, avoiding a recount in the Senate race with David Perdue.

11:21 a.m.:

Gabriel Sterling, with the Georgia Secretary of State, said in a news conference that turnout for the Senate runoff was higher than the General Election Day.

The total number of people who voted in the runoff is expected to be 1,314,547 when all votes are counted.

10:46 a.m.

Channel 2′s Steve Gehlbach said Fulton County election officials say they have close to 7,500 absentee ballots to add to the results and they hope to the final preliminary totals uploaded by end of the day.

Gehlbach is inside the Georgia World Congress Center where election officials are counting the absentee ballots.

10:44 a.m.

President Trump tweeted about the Georgia Senate race, calling election officials “scoundrels” in the David Perdue race.

“They’ve got as many ballots as are necessary. Rigged Election!” President Trump tweeted.

9:48 a.m.

Gabe Sterling with the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office tweeted a response to President Trump’s tweet about “found votes”:

“No Mr. President, there weren’t “found” ballots. We have known the number of advanced votes since this weekend. We saw record Election Day turnout. As of Monday 970,000 absentees had been accepted. 31k more were added in yesterday’s totals. That leaves 60k that came in yesterday.”

8:35 a.m.

Channel 2′s Steve Gehlbach is inside the Georgia World Congress Center as election workers will be back later this morning to count thousand of absentee ballots. They closed down their operation around 2 a.m.

The workers are expected to be back around 9 a.m. to continue the counting process of at least 4,000 ballots.

8:15 a.m.

Rev. Raphael Warnock appeared on ‘Good Morning America’ where he described his win as “historic” as he is set to become the first Black Senator from Georgia.

“Certainly this is a historic moment and I’m just deeply grateful to be a vessel in a moment in which we’re facing such large problems in our country, and I can’t wait to get to the U.S. Senate to represent the concerns of ordinary people,” Warnock told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America” Wednesday.

Watch his interview here.

8:03 a.m.

Jon Ossoff appeared in a livestream this morning thanking his supporters and his family and friends.

“I want to thank the people of Georgia for participating in this election, everybody who cast your ballot, everybody who put your faith and confidence in our democracy’s capacity to deliver the representation that we deserve, whether you were for me, or against me, I’ll be for you in the U.S. Senate.”

“I want to thank my family for their support and their patience. I want to thank my wonderful wife Alisha, who as we speak is at the hospital, helping Georgia mothers deliver healthy babies, helping save lives.”

You can watch his statement here.

7:05 a.m.

Today at 8 a.m., Jon Ossoff will deliver live remarks on the results in the runoff election.

We will have live coverage the remarks on Channel 2 Action News on WSB Now – it’s free on your Roku, Amazon Fire or Apple TV as well as your WSB-TV News App. Here’s how you can download our app.

6:57 a.m.

Raphael Warnock will appear on Good Morning America after he was named the projected winner of one of Georgia’s two Senate races.

6:55 a.m.

Stacey Abrams tweeted this morning her support for Jon Ossoff saying that, “our nation will be all the better for having him.”

4:55 a.m.

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.

4:50 a.m.

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.

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