A long night of watching numbers come in from Georgia has finally ended, and Democrats have taken both seats in the runoff elections. Both Republican candidates jumped out to early leads but as the night wore on, returns from heavily Democratic Atlanta came in and the Democrat candidates pushed ahead. The race between Kelly Loeffler and Rev. Raphael Warnock was the first to be called, with Warnock nabbing 50.8% or about 80,000 votes out of over 4 million votes cast. The race between Jon Ossoff and David Perdue was even closer. Ultimately, Ossoff secured 50.4% of the votes, a margin of just 30,000 votes out of 4.4 million votes cast. Ossoff, a 33-year-old media executive, has been criticized for his out-of-state fundraising during the runoff campaign. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, $950,000 in contributions to Ossoff’s runoff campaign came from employees at Google’s parent corporation, Alphabet, Inc. Another $295,000 came from employees at Apple, Inc. Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook employees contributed $275,000, $250,000, and $225,000 to the Ossoff campaign respectively.
The two Democrat victories in Georgia mean that the Senate will now be split 50/50. That means that incoming Vice-President Kamala Harris can act as a tiebreaker on any votes split evenly, giving Democrats control of both houses of Congress.