“I hope to be the pastor among colleagues in the United States Senate. Appeal to the better angels of our nature. And to remind us that Dr. King was right: we are bound in a single garment of fate, ”he said.
Warnock’s win early Wednesday morning drops the Republican majority in the Senate to 50-49 and puts Democrats on the verge of control of the chamber, with the results of the other runoff race in Georgia pending. Ossoff currently leads Republican David Perdue with more than 16,000 ballots, with about 98 percent of the expected votes already counted.
Nonetheless, Ossoff declared himself the winner in a video message on Wednesday morning, pledging to “serve all people of the state” and “give everything to ensure that Georgia’s interests are represented in the Senate”.
“I humbly thank the people of Georgia for choosing me to serve you in the United States Senate,” he said. “Thank you for the trust you have placed in me.”
The 100,000 or so votes left in Georgia are likely to give the Democrats a substantial boost. If Ossoff prevails against Perdue, the balance of power in the Senate will even be between 50 and 50, so that the elected Vice President Kamala Harris can cast important votes on the legislative agenda of the future government with groundbreaking votes.
Loeffler has so far refused to allow the Warnock race, but the senator-elect said Wednesday morning, “Oh, I expect to serve in just a few days.” When he is sworn in, Warnock will be the first black Democrat to win Senate elections from a southern state and only the 11th black Senator in American history.
“I can’t tell you how honored I am that the people of my home state, where I was born, raised and educated at Morehouse College, decided to send me to the United States Senate to address their concerns at that crucial moment to represent American history, “Warnock said.
“It is the honor of my life to represent the people of this very great state in the United States Senate,” he added.