Fueled by extensive get-out-the-vote efforts, Democrats Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff have swept Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in the U.S. Senate run-off in Georgia, giving the Democrats control of the Senate.
Rev. Warnock early Wednesday morning was declared the winner in his race against Sen. Kelly Loeffler – making him the first Black U.S. senator from Georgia -- and the race between Ossoff and Sen. David Perdue was called for Ossoff late Wednesday afternoon. Ossoff won by just over 27,000 votes, out of nearly 4.5 million votes cast, and Warnock won by more than 64,000.
“These victories once again show the difference each of us can make,” said Metro Washington Council Political Director David Stephen, who coordinated the Council’s virtual phonebank to labor union households in Georgia encouraging them to get out and vote.
“This is a great victory,” said MD State and DC AFL- CIO president Donna Edwards, “not just for Democrats, but for democracy itself.” The MD State and DC AFL- CIO had more than 200 volunteers making turnout calls. "A number of NoVA Labor union members were in Georgia knocking on doors of union households,” added NoVA Labor president Ginny Diamond. “Many more made phone calls and wrote postcards. This is a huge victory for working people!"
This is a developing story and is being updated as necessary.