Ossoff’s victory and Georgian Democrat Raphael Warnock reverses the Senate, giving President-elect Joe Biden the power to introduce comprehensive, liberal legislation and introduce government nominations without Republican support. The Senate will split the party 50-50, with Kamala Harris, elected vice president, casting a tie.
Warnock, chief pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, and Ossoff will be the first black and Jewish senator to represent Georgia.
“At this moment of crisis, when Covid-19 continues to destroy our state and our country, when hundreds of thousands have lost their lives, millions have lost their livelihoods, Georgian families are having a hard time putting food on the table – for fear of exclusion or eviction. We have a hard time ending – let us unite now to defeat this virus and provide economic aid to our state and the American people, ”Ossoff said earlier Wednesday, ahead of CNN’s forecast.
After no U.S. Senate candidate in Georgia received 50% of the vote in November, the contests turned into two runs and Senate control was at stake. While Ossoff and Warnock ran on a unit ticket, Trump refused to admit his own loss, launched a fight within the Republican Party, and fascinated some of his supporters who believed he was falsely claiming to cast a vote.
Trump’s continued attack on Republican officials in charge of the election has put pressure on two GOP senators, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, to choose: Join the president if he wants to reverse the democratic outcome or risk losing Trump’s supporters.
Despite three recountings and a lack of evidence of widespread fraud, Loeffler and Perdue decided to join the president and support the objection that Congress on Wednesday confirmed to Congress the results of the Electoral College, a last-ditch devotion to Trump’s supporters.
“I’m obviously disappointed,” said Eric Tanenblatt, a longtime strategist for Georgian Republicans. “Obviously, the distraction and side effects affected the result.”
Progressors are already looking at how Democrats should use their new power and are proposing that the Senate “pursue nuclear activity” and abolish the filibuster, which requires most legislation to be given 60 signs of progress in order to have a more ambitious agenda. accept. New York Senate Democrat leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday avoided a question about whether his House of Representatives would lower the threshold for a simple majority vote, saying he united in a desire for “big, bold change” and “discussing how to make it happen. best ways. “
He said the “one-of-a-kind” bill he wants to pass as Senate majority leader provides a $ 2,000 incentive check to help Americans suffering from the coronavirus epidemic, which Mitch McConnell, Senate majority leader, recently blocked despite President Donald Trump supported increased support. aid. Democratic senators, who have been in the minority for six years, are now evaluating how to use their gavaller in various committees to deal with health and economic crises.
“Georgia’s voters delivered a loud message yesterday: they want action against the crises we are facing, and now they want to,” Biden said in a statement. “About Covid-19, economic aid, climate, racial justice, voting rights and more.”
Schumer will have a small margin of error in balancing the priorities of the left and the politically vulnerable.
Democrats have taken note of the struggle within the future party. Maine’s independent senator, Angus King, who is in dialogue with Democrats, told CNN he was “very reluctant” to end the filibuster, but was waiting for the rules to be changed to prevent it from being “abused”.
Jon Tester, a Democratic senator from Montana, a moderate who is expected to hold elections in his red state in 2024, said Wednesday that he hopes the filibuster will continue to encourage bilateralism.
“Bipartisan legislation tends to stand the test of time,” Tester said.
But the left wants Schumer to get rid of it so that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, and the Senate can hand over her long-awaited wish list. Massachusetts Democrat Ayanna Pressley tweeted on Wednesday that “the movement” was organized to organize a Congress and the White House to end bailouts of cash, end immigration and customs enforcement, and support black life. ”It’s time to deliver for them, “she said.
The Democrat-led Senate could strengthen Biden’s candidates without Republican support, allowing the new administration to become bolder in its cabinet election and begin the Conservatives ’huge gains on the bench over the past four years.
“Obviously with democratic control [of the Senate], Joe Biden will find it easier to promote the nominations, “Schumer said.
Perdue and Loeffler entered the Senate with some advantage. Loeffler, one of the richest members of Congress, spent tens of millions on his race, while Perdue, a first-cycle senator and former CEO of the Fortune 500, spent more than 88,000 votes more than two months ago on 33-year-old Ossoff.
Warnock and Ossoff campaigned to end the coronavirus crisis to reopen the economy, infecting more than 20.8 million Americans and killing at least 354,000. A debt-free public college and a new law on voting rights were called for. And they attacked Republican senators during the pandemic for their multi-million dollar stock deals, claiming to have benefited from it. The senators denied any violations.
But the campaigns of Loeffler and Perdue were quickly silenced by Trump’s attacks on the democratic outcome. Trump recently decided to put pressure on Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger under pressure from a private call and urges him to “find” enough votes to reverse Georgia’s loss. In this state, all GOP presidential candidates have won since 1996. Raffensperger, a Republican, rejected it.
Perdue and Loeffler tried to avoid fighting within the party by focusing their remarks on their democratic opponents.
Perdue’s closing message was full of attacks, with a one-minute video saying that if Republicans lose, undocumented immigrants will vote, Americans will “lose” their private health insurance, and Democrats will pack up the Supreme Court and rescue police.
“We’ll win Georgia, we’ll save America,” Perdue told the camera.
But Warnock and Ossoff objected to “demilitarizing” rather than depriving the police, creating a legal route for undocumented immigrants, and supporting a public opportunity to reduce the number of the uninsured. None of the Democratic candidates called for courts to be brought to justice.
“Kelly Loeffler spends tens of millions of dollars to scare me,” Warnock said in an ad. “He’s trying to scare me because he’s afraid of you. He’s afraid you understand how he used his position in the senate to enrich himself and people like him. He’s afraid you’ll realize we can walk better.”
Now Democrats are faced with the question of how far they will go after the Trump administration. Wednesday was spent celebrating their lucky quick turnaround after falling out of power for so long.
“I think we’re going to do great things,” said Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat senator. “I think an overwhelming number of Democrats are heading in the same direction for all of this. Some are faster than others, but all in the same direction.”
This story was updated with further enhancements on Wednesday.
CNN Lauren Fox and Manu Raju contributed to the report.