Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff has expanded his lead over Republican incumbent David Perdue in Georgia’s general election runoff, getting closer to flip the longtime red Senate seat.
While the race is still “too close to call,” Ossoff led Perdue by over 16,000 votes early Wednesday, well within the 0.5 percent margin that triggers an automatic state-run recount of the votes.
If elected, Ossoff would become the youngest member of the U.S. Senate at 33, and his victory would guarantee a Democratic Senate majority for at least the first two years of President-elect Joe Biden’s presidency.
The news comes hours after Rev. Raphael Warnock defeated Sen. Kelly Loeffler.
“We were told that we couldn’t win this election, but tonight we proved that with hope, hard work and the people by our side, anything is possible,” Warnock told his supporters in a victory message Tuesday night.