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Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate Jon Ossoff speaks to reporters outside the Georgia run-off election polling site at the Dunbar Neighborhood Center in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., January 5, 2021. - Sputnik International

Live Updates: Several Media Outlets Project Democrats Taking Over US Senate

The Senate election in Georgia took place in November, but none of the candidates managed to achieve a majority, which triggered a runoff between the two top finishers. Additionally, Georgia's special election for a vacated US Senate seat will be decided in a runoff on the same day.

Citizens of Georgia went to polling stations for the US Senate runoffs on Tuesday, in what is a crucial vote to determine whether the GOP retains control of the Senate, or if it will be ceded to the Democrats.

In the 3 November election, Republican incumbent David Perdue received 49.73% of the vote and his Democrat challenger Jon Ossoff received 47.95% so they are both seeking to win a majority this time. Republican Kelly Loeffler and Democrat the Reverend Raphael Warnock are standing for the state's second senatorial seat in a special election which arose because Republican senator Johnny Isakson stood down at the end of 2019. In the first round on 3 November, Loeffler received 25.9% and Warnock got 32.9% and two other candidates have been eliminated.

If both Democratic candidates secure two seats in the Senate, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be in position to cast the tie-breaking vote when necessary. However, if at least one Republican candidate wins re-election, it will be enough for Republicans to retain the majority in the Senate that will allow them to block much of the Democrat’s agenda in a split government situation.

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Democratic Senate Candidate Jon Ossoff on Wednesday declared victory in his runoff election for one of two open Senate seats – twin contests that will determine which party gains control of the upper chamber of Congress.

"Good morning, it is with humility that I thank the people of Georgia to serve you in the United States Senate. Thank you for the confidence and trust that you have placed in me", Ossoff said in a video message.

Major US media outlets have not yet declared a victor in the contest between Ossoff and Republican candidate David Perdue, with the race remaining too close to call.

10:32 GMT 06.01.2021

Democratic senatorial candidate Raphael Warnock is projected to defeat his Republican opponent Kelly Loeffler in the US state of Georgia's special election, while another Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff is edging ahead of Republican David Perdue, according to major US news outlets.

According to Fox News, Warnock leads over Loeffler with 50.6 percent to 49.4 percent, while Ossof and Perdue are at 50.2 and 49.8 percent, respectively. CNN, ABC and NBC report similar results so far with 98 percent of ballots in.

The Georgia elections will determine which party will control the Senate.

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NBC News has projected Democrat Raphael Warnock the winner of his US Senate runoff election against incumbent Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler.

With 98% of the vote in, Warnock led Loeffler 50.5% to 49.5%, according to Edison Research.

06:48 GMT 06.01.2021

According to Edison Research, Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff has taken a lead of about 3,500 votes in his tight race against Republican US Senator David Perdue in Georgia.

Both candidates have 50.0% of the vote, but Ossoff has outpaced Perdue (2,195,441 to 2,191,881) with 98% of the expected vote tallied, as per Edison Research.

05:41 GMT 06.01.2021

Democrat Rafael Warnock claims to have won his Georgia senate race, saying he and his supporters have proved “anything is possible”. Warnock is currently leading incumbent Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler, with the vote count still underway. Warnock is holding the lead in one of two races. No major news outlet has projected a winner for either race so far.

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"They're probably going to take a break here, I think, in the next hour. Try and get as much work as they can done tonight ... At least, record exactly how many ballots are out there and then get as much scanning done tomorrow. Hopefully by noon we'll have a better idea where we are", Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told CNN.

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Most polling stations closed Tuesday night at 7.00 pm EST (11.00 pm GMT) with results expected to start rolling in within the hour, although final results may not be known until late in the evening or Wednesday.

A judge ordered at least two polling stations to stay open for an extra 30 minutes or so due to downtime from technical issues.

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"We are encouraged by reports of high voter turnout across the state – particularly so in North Georgia, where President Trump rallied Republicans last night. But make no mistake about it: this is going to a very close election and could come down to the difference of just a few votes in a few precincts across the state," the statement says.

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FILE- In this Sept. 16, 2019 file photo, the Dominion Voting system Georgia will use is shown Monday, in Atlanta. - Sputnik International
Trump Claims Dominion Voting Machines 'Not Working for Over an Hour' in Georgia Runoff Election
14:35 GMT 05.01.2021

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.06% and the S&P 500 shed 0.07%, while the Nasdaq Composite lost 0.26%.

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