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    My Pillow founder and outspoken Donald Trump supporter Mike Lindell spoke to a crowd of fellow supporters at a Save America rally on Saturday and claimed he actually previously prayed two Democrat senators won their races against Republicans. Lindell spoke in Youngstown, Ohio ahead of an appearance by the former president for more than an hour, repeating his usual election fraud claims, re-upping his promise to sue the FBI after his phone was seized, and claiming his film touting his election fraud conspiracy theories, Absolute Proof, was viewed well over 100 million times in a matter of days upon release in 2021. At one point, Lindell claimed that in January 2021 he was praying that Democrat Sens. Ralphael Warnock (D-GA) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) won their Senate runoff races because it apparently makes alleged election fraud that much easier to believe. Lindell recalled being at a rally watching the Senate races when he began praying. “All of a sudden I started praying. I go, God, please let them take both of these senators. And you’re going, okay, Mike, you did...
                        When Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock sought Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats, both of which they won in special-election runoffs this January, there was little expectation they would match the centrism of fellow Peach State Democrats who held those seats before.  In 2017, when Ossoff initially ran unsuccessfully for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District against Republican Karen Handel, Matthew Yglesias, then of the left-wing website Vox, observed that Ossoff’s message—support for abortion, aggressive anti-climate-change legislation and expanded healthcare programs—was “a lot more liberal than what you heard recently in Georgia.”  And in the run-up to Warnock’s election, reports surfaced that the Baptist pastor wrote in his 2006 doctoral thesis at New York’s Union Theological Seminary that “the Marxist critique [of free markets] has much to teach the black church.” Since pulling off surprise victories against former Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, the two freshmen haven’t done much to dispel the ideological impressions they made before.  Their voting records have, for instance, rarely differed from that of socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders...
    Georgia U.S. Senators Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock announced more than $95 million in new education funding they secured to support Georgia children with disabilities. The funding comes from the American Rescue Plan and will help aid Georgia children served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Sens. Ossoff and Warnock cast the decisive votes to pass the American Rescue Plan in March, securing $4.5 billion in relief for K-12 schools in Georgia, not including this new additional funding. “After securing $4.5 billion for Georgia’s public schools this year, Sen. Rev. Warnock and I have delivered an additional $95 million to support education for Georgia children with disabilities,” said Sen. Ossoff. “Sen. Rev. Warnock and I continue to work as a team to deliver resources to ensure every child in Georgia can get a great education.” “Education opens countless doors of opportunity and allows Georgia students to live out their biggest dreams,” said Sen. Rev. Warnock. “I’m excited to see funding included in the American Rescue Plan used to make it that much easier for students...
    Majority Leader Chuck Schumer introduces the Senate's For the People Act, flanked by Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Jeff Merkley. It's on. It being the filibuster fight. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, along with Rules Committee Chair Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Jeff Merkley, introduced S. 1,  the Senate version of the For the People Act, on Wednesday. It's significant that it was Schumer—the majority leader—not just introducing the bill but saying "everything is on the table" to get it passed. By "everything" he is definitely saying "filibuster reform." "We will see if our Republican friends join us," Schumer said. "If they don't join us, our caucus will come together and decide the appropriate action to take. […] Failure is not an option." The House passed the companion H.R. 1 on March 4. Since that passed, and since the big American Rescue Plan made it through the Senate on a simple majority vote—with no Republican support—an ongoing pressure campaign over the filibuster has ensued, with the most significant contribution coming from President Joe Biden himself. This week, he endorsed filibuster reform, indicating...
    Democratic Georgia Sens. Raphael Warnock (left) and Jon Ossoff The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● Senate-by-CD: With Democrats officially regaining control of the Senate on Wednesday, Daily Kos Elections is pleased to release the results of Georgia's Jan. 5 regular and special Senate runoffs, as well as the contest that same day for state Public Service Commission, for each of the state's 14 congressional districts. To help you follow along, we've put together a sheet with the results of each of these contests, as well as the 2020 presidential race. Raphael Warnock defeated appointed Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler 51.0-49.0 in a special election for the final two years of former Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson's term, while fellow Democrat Jon Ossoff beat Republican Sen. David Perdue by a slightly narrower 50.6-49.4 in the contest for a regular six-year term. At the same time, though, Republican incumbent Bubba...
    With Democrats officially regaining control of the Senate on Wednesday, Daily Kos Elections is pleased to release the results of Georgia’s Jan. 5 regular and special Senate runoffs, as well as the contest that same day for state Public Service Commission for each of the state's 14 congressional districts. To help you follow along, we’ve put together a sheet with the results of each of these contests, as well as the 2020 presidential race. Raphael Warnock defeated appointed Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler 51.0-49.0 in a special election for the final two years of former Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson's term, while fellow Democrat Jon Ossoff beat Republican Sen. David Perdue by a slightly narrower 50.6-49.4 in the contest for a regular six-year term. At the same time, though, Republican incumbent Bubba McDonald won re-election to the Public Service Commission by fending off Democrat Daniel Blackman 50.4-49.6. Warnock, Ossoff, and McDonald each won the same six Democratic-held House seats that now-President Joe Biden took two months before when he was winning 49.5-49.3, while the remaining eight Republican-controlled constituencies voted for all of the...
    Democrats officially took control of the Senate on Wednesday when Vice President Kamala Harris swore in three new members after she took her own oath of office, giving her party control of the White House and Congress.  Harris delivered the oath of office to the new Democratic senators: Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock of Georgia and Alex Padilla, who replaced her representing the state of California. She returned to Capital Hill almost five hours after she became the first female vice president to preside over the Senate for the first time. The vice president also serves as president of the Senate.  Senators gave her a round of applause as she sat in the presiding chair.   One of her first duties was to read into the record her resignation as a senator from California. 'Yeah, that was very weird,' she said. She then sworn in the new members, which made Senator Chuck Schumer of New York the new majority leader, giving him joint power in Congress with Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Afterward she told reporters on Capitol Hill it felt 'amazing' to sit...
    Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is seen during the 59th Presidential Inauguration on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Nash – Pool/Getty Images) Loading the player... Three new senators were sworn into office Wednesday after President Joe Biden‘s inauguration, securing the majority for Democrats in the Senate and across a unified government to tackle the new president’s agenda at a time of unprecedented national challenges. Vice President Kamala Harris drew applause as she entered the chamber to deliver the oath of office to the new Democratic senators — Jon Ossoff, Raphael Warnock and Alex Padilla — just hours after taking her own oath at the Capitol alongside Biden. The three Democrats join a Senate narrowly split 50-50 between the parties, but giving Democrats the majority with Harris able to cast the tie-breaking vote. Read More: Harris’ Inauguration look created by two Black designers Vice President Kamala Harris fist bumps President-elect Joe Biden after she was sworn in at their inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by...
    The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office has certified that Democrats Rafael Warnock and Jon Ossoff won the runoff election and will be sworn into the Senate. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican who was thrust into the national spotlight following the Nov. 3 general election, certified the tally on Tuesday, one day before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn into office. “In certifying the results, the Secretary of State affirmed that all 159 counties have provided to the state the total votes tabulated for each state and federal candidate,” Raffensperger’s office said in a news release. Warnock and Ossoff faced off against Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler and former GOP Sen. David Perdue during a Jan. 5 runoff election that was triggered because neither candidate received a majority vote during the general election. Prior to the vote, President Trump alleged election fraud during the general election but still held rallies in the predominantly red state to shore up support ahead of the runoff. Once they are sworn into office, the Senate will be split 50-50 between Republicans...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s secretary of state has certified the results of the two U.S. Senate runoff elections, paving the way for Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff to be sworn in and for Democrats to take control of the chamber. They’ll take office just as the Senate considers whether to convict President Donald Trump in an impeachment trial for inciting the deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol and as President-elect Joe Biden seeks to jump-start his agenda after inauguration. They could be sworn in as early as Wednesday, the same day as Biden’s inauguration. The certification by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger officially seals Warnock and Ossoff’s victories over their Republican opponents in the Jan. 5 runoffs. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, both incumbents, conceded days after the election. Once Warnock and Ossoff are sworn in, there will be a 50-50 partisan divide in the Senate, giving Vice President-elect Kamala Harris the tie-breaking vote. Warnock will be the first African American senator from Georgia, while Ossoff will be the state’s first Jewish senator and the Senate’s youngest sitting member....
    Loading the player... Three new Democratic senators are set to be sworn into office after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday. The arrival of Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff of Georgia and Alex Padilla of California will give Democrats a working majority in the Senate — split 50-50, with the new vice president, Kamala Harris, as the tie-breaking vote. Read More: Biden outlines ‘Day One’ agenda of executive actions A person granted anonymity to discuss the planning tells The Associated Press that Harris is set to deliver the oath of office to the three Democrats after she is sworn in during the inauguration as vice president. Warnock and Ossoff defeated Republican senators earlier this month. The Georgia secretary of state is expected to certify those results Tuesday. Padilla has been tapped by California’s governor to fill Harris’ remaining term in the Senate. In this Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 file photo, President-elect Joe Biden, right, campaigns for Senate candidates Raphael Warnock, left, and Jon Ossoff, not pictured, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Biden plans to strike a unity theme before his...
    (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) “I’ve got the title for your next article!” That was the first text I saw after my flight landed in Atlanta, Georgia when I turned on my phone. It was from a friend who’s plugged into Georgia politics who has a way with words. I planned on meeting with him during my 48 hours in Georgia to cover the Senate runoff elections and his excited text told me something interesting was brewing in the Peach State.   “Okay, what’s the title?” It took him a while to respond, and I was increasingly curious. Having covered three elections in Georgia, the Senate races of 2021 probably had the greatest national implications if Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Rafael Warnock actually won their races. His response surprised me. “That White Boy ‘bout to lose: Part 2” Read More: Jon Ossoff, Raphael Warnock officially sweep Georgia U.S. Senate races (Photo: Getty Images) Putting this title, the Georgia race and this story in context require us to go back in time. Just seven days ago, the most important...
    Washington (CNN)It was hard not to notice how Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff's Democratic victories in Georgia's January 5 runoff elections evoked the history of the Black freedom struggle -- a continuing struggle, as evidenced by a Confederate flag-carrying mob's takeover of the US Capitol on Wednesday."When I think about the arc of our history, what Georgia did (on Tuesday) is its own message in the midst of a moment in which so many people are trying to divide our country, at a time we can least afford to be divided," Warnock told CNN's John Berman on Wednesday morning on "New Day," even before the assault on the US Capitol and multiracial democracy.Insurrectionists -- one person in a "Camp Auschwitz" shirt, so many others in MAGA hats -- rioted in an attempt to block President-elect Joe Biden's free and fair win. To the surprise of no one, a remarkably meager law enforcement presence treated the mob, brandishing White supremacist iconography, with the sort of humanity that was withheld from Black Lives Matter protesters last summer.2020 showed how organizers leveraged...
    Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock greet each other onstage at an event in Stonecrest, Georgia, on Dec. 28, 2020. Paras Griffin/Getty Images Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff's victories in Georgia's Jan. 5 run-off election will put the Democrats in control of the Senate. But it's unclear how quickly they will be sworn in. Once they are seated, the Senate will be split 50-50, with 50 Republicans, 48 Democrats, and two independents who caucus with the Democrats. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will hold the tie-breaking vote after she is sworn in on Jan. 20. Georgia counties have until Jan. 15 to certify their results, and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has until Jan. 22 to certify the election results for the state. Raffensperger told CNN he would complete the process "as soon as we can" but did not commit to an exact date. With less than two weeks to go before President-elect Biden takes office, Democrats are considering impeachment proceedings against President Trump and passing $2,000 relief checks for Americans.    Visit Insider's homepage for more...
    While we’re all still processing the national horror and tragedy that was Jan. 6, there's still cause for celebration and hope. The Congress was not stopped. It affirmed that Joe Biden is the president-elect and he will take office on Jan. 20. As consequentially, there are two new Democratic senators—Democrats who flipped the state of Georgia and flipped control of the Senate. Rev. Raphael Warnock was declared the winner of his seat before day's end Tuesday, and Jon Ossoff was declared victorious Wednesday afternoon, with his margin of victory large enough to preclude a recount. By Jan. 22, the state's deadline for certifying the results, the Senate will be Democratic. To say it will be narrowly Democratic is an understatement; the Senate will be tied. But with Vice President Kamala Harris to break ties, Sen. Chuck Schumer will be Senate Majority Leader. It's hard to know at this point how profoundly changed that body will be by both the massive quakes in both Georgia and Washington, D.C., but we're already seeing the reverberations. The momentum for holding Trump and Republicans accountable is growing, and Schumer...
    Georgia's two Democratic Senate candidates were propelled to victory by strong support from voters of color, large turnout in Democratic areas and substantial early voting. The victories will handed Democrats control of the Senate for the first time since 2014.  Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock's projected historic wins come on the heels of President-elect Joe Biden's victory in Georgia in November. Democrats have recently been making gains in the state that was reliably Republicans for many years. The trio of victories demonstrates that Georgia is turf where Democrats can not only compete, but can win.  Mr. Biden was the first Democrat to win a presidential race in Georgia since 1992, and now, Ossoff and Warnock will be Georgia's first Democrats elected to the Senate since 2005. Their wins come after Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams lost to Republican Governor Brian Kemp by just 1.4 points in 2018.  About 4.5 million Georgians cast ballots during the runoff elections — more than double the previous record for runoff turnout in the state. Runoffs normally see a significant drop-off in turnout from...
    Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff picked up two Senate seats in Georgia, and those victories won control of the U.S. Senate for their party. The two Democrats received strong support from key Democratic constituencies like Black voters and young voters and continued to make headway in areas like the Atlanta suburbs, exit polls show. Voters in Georgia seemed well aware of what was at stake in this election: how they felt about the control of the Senate mirrored the tight contests, with half wanting Democratic control of the Senate and half wanting Republican control.  Little changed from November, with nearly all of Joe Biden's voters supporting the Democratic contenders and nearly all of President Trump's supporters voting Republican.  As was the case two months ago, the electorate was divided starkly by race. At 29%, Black voters in Georgia made up a larger proportion of the electorate in the presidential election than they did in any other state where exit polls were conducted. In the Senate runoff elections, the proportion of the Black vote equaled that. Democrats Jon Ossoff and...
    The Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff owe a debt of gratitude to one man who probably did more than anyone else to help the two Democrats be elected Tuesday to the U.S. Senate from Georgia. That man? Donald J. Trump. And in the same way, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. can thank President Trump for a big job promotion. With the election of Warnock and Ossoff, Schumer will advance from Senate minority leader to majority leader. The Senate will now have 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans, enabling soon-to-be Vice President Kamala Harris to cast the tie-breaking vote to put Democrats in charge. The new Democratic majority in the Senate will help incoming President Joe Biden deal with the coronavirus pandemic, economic crisis, and other major problems left for him by Trump. That’s good news not just for Biden but for our nation. FOX NEWS PROJECTS OSSOFF AS WINNER OF GEORGIA RUNOFF ELECTIONS OVER PERDUE  Had Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., remained as Senate majority leader you can be sure he would have dedicated all his energy to obstructing Biden’s initiatives to...
              ATLANTA, Georgia – Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, despite their connections to socialists and other members of the political left, told Georgians this week that they will act in all state residents’ best interests. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s website reported that, with 100 percent of the vote collected, incumbent U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) lost to Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff. Perdue got 49.79 percent of the vote, or 2,195,755 votes. Ossoff got 50.21 percent or 2,214,178 votes. Incumbent U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), meanwhile, got 49.37 percent of the vote, or 2,177,226 votes. Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock got 50.63 percent of the vote or 2,232,804 votes. Warnock, in a video he uploaded to his Facebook page, said he is “going to the Senate to work for all of Georgia no matter who you cast your vote for.” “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 said “May my story be an...
    (CNN)As a fellow Morehouse College graduate, Patrick Delisser feels inspired by Rev. Raphael Warnock's historic Senate victory.Delisser, a 32-year-old urgent care doctor, said Warnock embodies the will of Black men and HBCU graduates to beat the odds."This is an exciting time, this is monumental," said Delisser, who is also Warnock's Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity brother. "HBCUs put us in positions that people aren't aware of, and Warnock shows people what we can achieve."Delisser is among the Black Georgia voters celebrating Warnock and fellow Democrat Jon Ossoff flipping two Senate seats that will give Democrats control of the Senate since Vice president-elect Kamala Harris will have the tie-breaking vote. Warnock and Ossoff will be the first Black and Jewish senators, respectively, to represent Georgia.Supporters and organizers were optimistic that Democrats gaining control of the Senate would result in passing legislation that benefits Black Americans. Black voters say they want to see racial justice, police accountability, expanded health care access and an end to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately impacted Black communities.Read MoreWarnock and Ossoff campaigned on ending the coronavirus crisis...
              Democratic candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff claimed victory in their respective U.S. Senate runoff elections as vote counting continued. Warnock declared that he’d won late Tuesday evening, while Ossoff waited until Wednesday morning to declare his win. At the time of press with over 98 percent reporting in for both races, Warnock led Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) by over 55,600 votes, or just over 1 point. Ossoff led Republican incumbent David Perdue (R-GA) by over 18,400 votes, or just over half a point. “We were told we couldn’t win this election. But tonight, we proved that with hope, hard work, and the people by our side anything is possible,” stated Warnock. Warnock called for everyone to put aside their differences to work with him. “Washington has a choice to make. In fact, all of us have a choice to make: will we continue to divide, distract, and dishonor one another? Or will we love our neighbors as we love ourselves?” asked Warnock. “Will we play political games while real people suffer?...
    President Donald Trump attacked elected Georgia Republicans at least 40 times on Twitter following the November elections while failing to mention Democratic Sen.-elect Raphael Warnock and Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff even once. Trump’s attacks against Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger began in mid-November and continued through early January. Calling the officials “hapless,” “a disgrace” and “disasters for Georgia,” Trump issued dozens of tweets criticizing them for failing to take action on his unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud in the November election. All the while, Warnock and Ossoff went unmentioned by name in Trump’s Twitter feed in the lead-up to the critical Georgia runoff elections on Tuesday that will determine whether Democrats regain control of the Senate. Trump tweets attacking Ossoff or Warnock by name since the election: 0 Trump tweets attacking elected Republicans in Georgia since the election: 50+ pic.twitter.com/7UwJybPwP8 — AG (@AGHamilton29) January 6, 2021 While Trump did mention Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler, who lost her against Warnock on Tuesday, and Sen. David Perdue, whose race against Ossoff hasn’t yet been...
    HEPHZIBAH, GEORGIA – JANUARY 04: Georgia Democratic Senate candidates Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff speak before an Augusta canvass launch block party at Robert Howard Community Center on January 04, 2021 in Hephzibah, Georgia. The Democratic party is projected to gain control of the Senate as of early Wednesday morning, sending Georgia’s first Black and Jewish senators to Congress and giving the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden a cramped but tangible space to maneuver on a giant promise. Democrats Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff narrowly defeated incumbent Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, who were dogged by accusations of insider trading and a party seemingly more determined to discredit the election they ran in than to win it. The Associated Press has called it for Warnock, while Decision Desk HQ and Vox similarly did so for Ossoff. “Tonight, we proved that with hope, hard work, and the people by our side, anything is possible,” Warnock told his supporters early Wednesday morning before most news organizations officially declared his victory but after the numbers made it all but certain....
    ATLANTA—The battle for the U.S. Senate that won’t end is dragging out just a little longer: as of early Wednesday morning, no winners have been projected in Georgia’s pair of runoff races, leaving control of the Senate up in the air as election officials continue to count votes. GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are locked in tight races with their Democratic challengers, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. With over 97 percent of votes statewide counted, Perdue had a slim lead over Ossoff—less than 1,000 votes—and Warnock led Loeffler by just under a percentage point. Just after midnight, Loeffler took the stage at the Georgia GOP’s packed, largely maskless election night party in Atlanta to tell the crowd she planned to fight on. “We have a path to victory,” said Loeffler. “We’re going to make sure every vote—every legal vote—will be counted.” That vow didn’t phase Warnock, who declared victory in livestreamed remarks less than 20 minutes later. “We were told we couldn't win this election,” said Warnock. “Tonight, we proved that with hope, hard work, and the people...
    Democratic candidates for Senate Jon Ossoff (L) and Raphael Warnock (R) bump elbows on stage during a rally with US President-elect Joe Biden outside Center Parc Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 4, 2021. In an historic election with consequences that will reverberate for years, Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff are poised to flip two Republican-held Senate seats in Georgia and hand control of the chamber to Democrats for the first time since 2014. With most votes tallied, Warnock held a small but insurmountable lead on his Republican opponent, Kelly Loeffler, and declared victory. Ossoff trailed Republican David Perdue by the narrowest of margins but is all but assured of taking the lead when the remaining ballots are counted, since they are almost all in blue counties. Warnock, a pastor who holds the pulpit at Martin Luther King Jr.'s Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, would not only become Georgia's first-ever Black senator but also the first Black Democrat elected to the Senate from a state of the old Confederacy. Meanwhile, Ossoff, an investigative journalist who shot to prominence in...
    NEW YORK (AP) — For news organizations chronicling the vote count in the Georgia Senate runoff elections, Tuesday felt like a rerun from two months ago: nerves on edge, an avalanche of numbers and a lot of Steve Kornacki. The two Senate elections, with the U.S. Senate’s balance of power at stake, attracted media attention that recalled the days after the presidential election, including breathless wall-to-wall coverage on cable news networks. “It’s beyond nail-biting time,” CNN’s John King said shortly past 10 p.m. on the East Coast. King and MSNBC’s Kornacki dominated their networks with headache-inducing number crunching. Kornacki was MSNBC’s breakout star in the aftermath of the general election and he returned Tuesday with his familiar khakis and a “Kornacki cam” that followed his moves during commercial breaks. “Usual rules apply,” MSNBC’s Brian Williams said to him. “Wave your arms if there’s any reason to come back to you.” Democratic candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff jumped to early leads against Republican incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. As more votes came in, the Republicans swung in front. It...
    Polls in the fiercely-contested Georgia Senate runoff races closed Tuesday night, with early vote counts giving the Democratic challengers an initial lead that has since disappeared. With 80 percent of the vote counted at 10 p.m., GOP Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) pulled ahead of Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff by more than 68,000 votes at 51 percent to 49 percent. Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) also pulled ahead of Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock by almost 53,000 votes, or 50.6- percent-49.4 percent. The eyes of the nation are trained on the Peach State for the two races that will determine which party controls the Senate and whether incoming President-elect Joe Biden will have any congressional check against his left-leaning agenda. Ossoff, a 33-year-old investigative journalist, and Warnock, a senior pastor at Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, pulled ahead as the vote count progressed on Tuesday evening but there are still many ballots to be tabulated. The majority of the votes counted so far have been from early and mail-in votes in which Democrats always perform better, with Republican turnout higher on election day. Many of the remaining votes are from GOP strongholds in...
    Jesse Watters said Tuesday that Democratic Georgia Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock were “pawns in the Democrat power grab.” Watters explained on “The Five” that the Democratic Party was using both candidates to further their goal of a permanent Democratic majority. (RELATED: Jon Ossoff Blows Off Jake Tapper’s Challenge To Claim That Kelly Loeffler ‘Campaigned With A Klansman’) WATCH: Cohost Dana Perino said that the Democrats were closing out the last hours of the Georgia Senate runoffs by trying to keep the focus on the fact that $2000 coronavirus stimulus checks had not made it past Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “The Republicans are closing on the big picture about the future of the country,” she continued, adding, “If you remember President Trump at the state of the union said America will never be a socialist country. They are really driving that home.” “It’s a strong closing method for the Republican Party,” Watters replied. “This is what it breaks down to: A weaker America leads to a stronger Democrat Party.” (RELATED: ‘I Think I Get 30 Seconds’:...
    Jessica McGowan/Megan Varner, Getty Images Both Democratic candidates are slightly favored to win Georgia’s twin runoff races on Tuesday, according Sports Betting Dime’s live odds. The fate of the Senate during President-elect Joe Biden’s first two years in office is dependent on the election results, as both Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock would have to win to secure a 50-50 split — giving Democrats control with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris serving as the potential tiebreaking vote. Warnock is currently a solid favorite in his race against Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), according to Sports Betting Dime, with -185 odds compared to her +140. Ossoff, meanwhile, is a much more slender favorite in his duel with incumbent Sen. David Perdue (R-GA). Ossoff checks in at -130, while Perdue is a slight +100 underdog. Georgia is also a typically red state, historically electing Republican candidates to office, with Biden being the first Democratic presidential candidate to win the state in 28 years. Because of the state’s history, and the expectation that victors will be decided on narrow margins, pushback from the president and his supporters will...
    As Georgians choose their two U.S. Senators in the January 5th runoff elections, the stakes could not be greater.  If Democratic challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff defeat incumbent Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, the result will be 50-50 deadlock between the parties.  If Congress certifies Joe Biden’s Electoral College advantage on January 6, a day after the runoff, it will deliver the Senate into Democratic hands.   Because the vice president serves as the Senate’s president and can vote to break any deadlock, a Biden presidency means that Vice President Kamala Harris could cast the tie-breaking vote on any Senate matter. SEN. DAVID PERDUE: GEORGIANS SHOULD VOTE FOR ME & SEN. LOEFFLER TO STOP DEMS’ RADICAL SOCIALIST AGENDA Given that the Democrats continue to control the U.S. House of Representatives, a GOP loss of the Senate would put them in charge of Congress.    That would not only be catastrophic for Republicans, it would be a colossal mistake for the country and would contradict the will of most of the electorate including independents and many Democrats. The reason is...
    This is it. Election Day 2.0, the day control of the Senate will be decided by two runoff elections in Georgia pitting Jon Ossoff against Sen. David Perdue and Rev. Raphael Warnock against Sen. Kelly Loeffler … except we may very well not know the result tonight. Just like in Election Day 1.0, vote-counting may drag on for days. But first, the voting. More than three million people have already voted, already setting a record—with room to spare—for most votes in a Georgia runoff election. Just under five million people voted in November. Every indicator shows a close race, and there’s the strong risk that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s sabotage of the U.S. Postal Service may disenfranchise thousands of mail voters, with ballots mailed days ago potentially not arriving until after the January 5 deadline to be counted. The runoffs take place against the backdrop of Donald Trump trying to overturn his own loss in the state, so while he’s held rallies for Loeffler and Perdue, his own resentments have taken center stage, and he has repeatedly told Georgia Republicans not to trust their state’s voting...
    On Tuesday, the people of Georgia will return to the polls to choose which two candidates will serve in the United States Senate. For conservatives, there is a clear choice between President Trump-endorsed Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler and dangerous radicals Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.  Control of the United States Senate is at stake. If Warnock and Ossoff win, Republicans will lose their Senate majority. The last time Republicans didn’t have a majority in either the House or the Senate was the 111th Congress, during the first two years of Barack Obama’s presidency.  Now Democrats are plotting for a repeat of the Obama years and rewriting the rules in their favor to pass far-left bills through another Democrat-led House and Senate. As one of her first moves in this new Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is changing the House rules to exempt leftist activists’ schemes, like "Medicare-for-all" and the Green New Deal, from budget restrictions.  SEN. JONI ERNST: GEORGIA SENATE RUNOFFS -- LET'S WIN THE PEACH STATE AND SAVE AMERICA Speaker Pelosi is throwing the door wide open for multi-trillion-dollar...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A preacher and a documentary filmmaker, both Democrats, take on two Republican U.S. senators in Georgia on Tuesday in a pair of runoff elections that will determine control of the Senate for the next two years. The Democrats, Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, are challenging incumbent Republicans and former CEOs Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. Here is some background about each of them: RAPHAEL WARNOCK Warnock is a Black Baptist preacher who holds the pulpit in Atlanta where slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. once preached. Fifty-one years old, he has never held political office, but he has been an activist for civil rights and social justice for years, working on voter registration drives, taking up the cause of death row inmates and advocating for the expansion of Medicaid, the government’s health program for the poor. Warnock's opponent Loeffler has painted him as a radical, saying he is anti-police, anti-Israel and tied to Chicago pastor Jeremiah Wright. Warnock says Loeffler is trying to distort his campaign positions. He has said repeatedly that he is...
    President-elect Joe Biden returned to Atlanta Monday to campaign for Senate hopefuls Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock ahead of the Democrats' must-win run-off races tomorrow.  Biden kept quiet about President Donald Trump's latest political scandal - that in a leaked tape with Geogia's secretary of state he called on him to 'find 11,780 votes' - enough to overtake Biden's Peach State win.  Instead the incoming president blasted the outgoing one for phoning it in.  'The president spends more time whining and complaining than doing something about the problem,' Biden said. 'I don't know why he still wants the job, he doesn't want to do the work.'  President-elect Joe Biden returned to Georgia Monday to campaign for Senate hopefuls Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock ahead of Tuesday's run-off races  Biden arrived at the Atlanta rally sporting his trademark aviator sunglasses. Voters in the state cast ballots in two Senate run-off races on Tuesday   Democratic Senate hopefuls Jon Ossoff (left) and Rev. Raphael Warnock wave to the crowd at an Atlanta rally Monday, headlined by President-elect Joe Biden ...
    President-elect Joe Biden promised Monday in Georgia that $2000 stimulus checks would go out to Americans “immediately” if Democrat Senate candidates were elected. “That’s literally true. If you send Jon and the Reverend to Washington, those $2000 checks will go out the door. Restoring hope and decency and honor for so many people who are struggling right now,” Biden said. Biden said that if Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue were reelected, Americans would not get the additional money. “Those checks will never get there,” he said. “It’s just that simple.” Biden spoke at a campaign rally with Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in Atlanta, Georgia, on Monday, urging supporters to vote for the two Democrats in the Senate runoff election on Tuesday. Since Republicans still had the Senate majority, they were blocking Democrat efforts to pass the $2000 individual checks by unanimous consent. “Their election will put an end to the block in Washington of that $2000 stimulus check,” he said. He added, “That money that will go out the door immediately. Tell people who are in...
    As a consumer of political content, I’m sure you’ve already been inundated by articles and TV segments analyzing the importance of the Georgia Senate run-off elections on Tuesday. Control of the Senate means, in no uncertain terms, that President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris will be able to bring their agenda to life… or not. It was central to both Biden’s primary and general election campaigns that he was the candidate best suited to be able to work with Republicans and I believe that’s very much the case. He has decades long relationships with key GOP officials, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and has shown throughout his career that he is very effective at reaching across the aisle to work on bipartisan legislation. But for all of Biden’s goodwill and effort in this arena, it is obvious that Republicans have no interest in working with him. Biden can make all the overtures he wants, McConnell has been clear. He sees Democrats as the enemy. DONNA BRAZILE: GOP SENATE CANDIDATES IN GEORGIA ARE TRUMP PUPPETS WHO ACT LIKE...
    Vice President-elect Kamala Harris had excoriating criticism of President Donald Trump on Sunday, in reaction to the president’s phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, calling it “the voice of desperation” and “a bald-faced, bold abuse of power.” CNN’s Ana Cabrera played a video clip of Harris speaking in Georgia, where the vice president-elect was campaigning for Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, who are challenging the state’s Republican incumbents, Sen. David Perdue and Sen. Kelly Loeffler, in runoff elections set for January 5. Harris, as Cabrera noted, is positioned to wield enormous influence if Ossoff and Warnock prevail this week, because power in the Senate would be divided evenly between the parties and the vice president is a tiebreaker in that situation. With the House narrowly controlled by Democrats, a victory in Georgia would effectively give Democrats control over the White House and both chambers of Congress — and therefore far more power to enact their agenda. “Have y’all heard about that recorded conversation?” Harris said. “Well, it was — yes certainly — the voice of desperation. Most certainly...
    Left-wing pop star Cher took to Twitter on Sunday to back Democrat candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock in the upcoming Georgia senate runoff elections, saying in an all-caps screed “JOE & DEMS WILL DO RIGHT BY U. VOTE WARNOCK, & OSSOFF. PLS TRUST ME, & DEMS.” “COVID-19 meant these schools took free lunch 2 students. What teachers saw surprised them,” wrote Cher, before clicking the CAPS lock button on her keyboard. “USA 2DAY. WITHOUT DEMOCRATS IN CHARGE LIFE WILL DETERIORATE,” the singer continued. “[America]’NS DESERVE EVERYTHING. JOE & DEMS WILL DO RIGHT BY U. VOTE WARNOCK, & OSSOFF. PLS TRUST ME, & DEMS.” COVID-19 meant these schools took free lunch 2 students.What teachers saw surprised them.USA 2DAY. WITHOUT DEMOCRATS IN CHARGE LIFE WILL DETERIORATE.????????’NS DESERVE EVERYTHING.JOE & DEMS WILL DO RIGHT BY U. VOTE WARNOCK,& OSSOFF.PLS ????????????????TRUST ME,& DEMS https://t.co/HXTMPl9ojr — Cher (@cher) January 3, 2021 In her tweet, Cher shared an article from USA Today about teachers who saw “poverty up close” when they brought free lunches to kids at an elementary school during the Chinese coronavirus pandemic. Cher is...
    ATLANTA — There's been limited polling before the Jan. 5 Georgia Senate runoffs. But the dearth of data isn't preventing the candidates from using whatever findings they have to fundraise and get-out-the-vote ahead of the critical contests. The Senate's balance of power for the next two years hinges on the runoffs between incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue and Democratic filmmaker Jon Ossoff and appointed Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democratic Rev. Raphael Warnock. Republicans currently have a 50-48 seat majority. And Tuesday's races offer Democrats the opportunity to claw back a 50-50 vote tie, which can be broken by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Yet, despite Georgia's political importance, the record amount of money being pumped into the state, including more than $100 million apiece for the Democrats between mid-October and mid-December, and the $457 million projected to be spent before Jan. 5, pollsters haven't crowded the field with surveys. Pollsters are being overly cautious regarding Georgia after trends and some forecasts made ahead of the Nov. 3 contests were bucked by the actual results. But while pundits have unleashed...
    Two Georgia Democratic Senate hopefuls have been accusing  Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, of "campaigning with a Klansman," which she has denied. Jon Ossoff, who is facing incumbent GOP Sen. David Perdue in the Jan. 5 runoff election, leveled the accusation during a press gaggle Wednesday in response to a question from Fox News’ Peter Doocy. "Kelly Loeffler has been campaigning with Klansmen," he said, repeating the same line in the next breath for emphasis. "She is stooping to these vicious personal attacks (against Warnock) to distract from the fact that she’s been campaigning with a former member of the Ku Klux Klan." The Rev. Raphael Warnock, who is facing Loeffler in the state's other runoff Senate race, doubled down in a tweet Thursday. He shared a photo taken earlier this month that shows Loeffler smiling alongside a former Ku Klux Klan leader named Chester Doles. He also included a newspaper clipping showing Doles leading a march with other Klansmen.  A spokesman for Loeffler’s campaign did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment. But she has said she doesn't know the man and condemned his...
              Democratic candidates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will visit Georgia to support the Senate election runoff candidates, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, next week. Biden and Harris will arrive in the days preceding the runoff elections, according to a press release from their team. Harris will precede Biden by a day, showing up to Savannah on Sunday. Biden will arrive on Monday in Atlanta. Both Biden and Harris visited car rallies in Georgia earlier this month to support the two Democratic Senate candidates. Biden stumped for Ossoff and Warnock previously over two weeks ago. Harris last came down to Georgia a little over a week ago. Harris tweeted the announcement of her and Biden’s impending visit on Wednesday morning. “Georgia – @JoeBiden and I are headed your way soon ahead of the Senate runoffs,” wrote Harris. “It is within your power to change the course of our country’s history but we need you to get out and vote. What we did in November, we can do it again.” Georgia—@JoeBiden and I are headed...
    Left-wing actress-comedian Amy Schumer is slated to lead a phone bank to flip Georgia blue on January 5, following her cousin Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) infamous rallying cry to “take Georgia” and then “change the America.” “Join me this weekend as I help phone bank with #Generatorcollective & #knockfordemocracy for the Jan 5th run-off election to help get @reverendwarnock & @ossoff elected to flip the Senate,” the Trainwreck actress said, providing a link to sign up, alongside a list of details. Schumer is slated to co-host on Saturday afternoon. Join me this weekend as I help phone bank with #Generatorcollective & #knockfordemocracy for the Jan 5th run-off election to help get @reverendwarnock & @ossoff elected to flip the SenateSign up here: https://t.co/6QDqlBVegv pic.twitter.com/5J5Wqh9cMG — Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) December 30, 2020 Days after the presidential election, a maskless Sen. Schumer gathered with a group of supporters, seemingly ignoring social distancing protocols, and triumphantly declared that “now we take Georgia, then we change the world!” following the establishment media declaring Joe Biden the victor of the 2020 presidential election. “Now...
    Ossoff is not to be underestimated. Here's a day-brightener if you needed one: Jon Ossoff flipping the script on Fox News' nepotism hire, Peter Doocy, turning the would-be “gotcha” interview into a campaign ad for himself and his colleague, Rev. Raphael Warnock. Doocy’s aim, clearly, was to paint Ossoff as inexperienced and unqualified. What he actually achieved was giving Ossoff a platform to talk about what's at stake in this election for Georgians—even those watching Fox News—and the very serious ethical problems of the two Republicans in the race. Doocy tried to interrupt Ossoff's discussion with reporters about the pain and suffering he is seeing around the state. "Folks have credit cards maxed out and can't make rent payments, car payments, can't afford prescriptions or afford child care. People are in dire straits," Ossoff said, explaining how Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue were standing in the way of help. "We are live on Fox right now," Doocy says, pulling Ossoff away. And at this point, check out the look on Ossoff's face for what he's planning to do next. Too bad...
    Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff took advantage of an impromptu live interview with Fox News to condemn his opponent Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) along with Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), who is also running in the Senate runoff against Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock. Ossoff addressed the network’s audience directly after Fox News reporter Peter Doocy stopped him during a rally in Marietta, Georgia. “Mr. Ossoff, we are, really quickly, we are live on Fox right now,” Doocy told the candidate before asking about what “relevant experience” he has to become one of Georgia’s next senators. Ossoff addressed his career in journalism, which he said he spent “fighting injustice, exposing war crimes, and corruption.” “Right now we have a crisis of corruption in American politics and since we are live on Fox let me take this opportunity to address directly the Fox audience,” he added. “We have two United States senators in Georgia who have blatantly used their offices to enrich themselves. This is beyond partisanship.” Doocy later asked the candidate about accusations revolving around a children’s camp Warnock used to...
    Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff on Wednesday morning turned the tables on Fox News, using the opportunity of an impromptu live interview to lambaste his Republican opponent Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) and Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), who is running in another Senate runoff race. During a campaign stop in Marietta, Georgia, Ossoff was approached by Fox News reporter Peter Doocy, who let the Democrat know they were live on-air and whether he’d be willing to take a few questions. Doocy first asked the 33-year-old candidate to talk about what “relevant experience” he had when it came to delivering on his promises as senator, prompting Ossoff to briefly tout his journalistic career of “fighting injustice, exposing war crimes, and corruption” before turning his attention to Perdue and Loeffler. “Right now we have a crisis of corruption in American politics and since we are live on Fox let me take this opportunity to address directly the Fox audience,” he declared. “We have two United States senators in Georgia who have blatantly used their offices to enrich themselves.” Loeffler and Perdue are...
    More On: georgia Raphael Warnock preached that Brexit was ‘ethnocentrism and hate’ Georgia Sens. Loeffler, Perdue back Trump’s $2,000 stimulus check push Ossoff, Warnock bankrolled by donors in New York and California Warnock church camper opens up about camp abuse President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will campaign in Georgia this weekend ahead of the two Georgia runoffs that will decide which party controls the Senate, the transition team announced Wednesday. Harris will head out to the Peach State Sunday, stumping for the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in Savannah. Biden will then return to Georgia on Monday — the second time since his November victory — holding a rally in Atlanta. Representatives for the transition did not provide further details on the plans. All eyes have focused on two Senate battles in Georgia, both with GOP incumbents. The current balance of the Senate is 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats, meaning that whichever way these two seats go will decide which party controls the upper chamber of Congress. If Democrats were to win both seats...
    Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Raphael Warnock denounced the UK’s vote to leave the European Union as “ethnocentrism and hate” in a newly resurfaced 2018 sermon. “Hate has gone viral,” the pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church said of the 2016 vote to leave the political and trade bloc. “Nativism and ethnocentrism and bigotry [are] in high places on both sides of the Atlantic. Before there was Trumpism over here, there was Brexit over there,” Warnock said. “Different contexts, same problem. Nativism and ethnocentrism and hate. Us against them.” British voters’ surprise June 2016 rejection of the EU was widely seen as a populist backlash against the UK’s political establishment. Less-prosperous rural and post-industrial areas of England were most supportive of Brexit. Advocates of leaving the EU said the UK should have its own trade policies and should not be subsidizing less-developed areas of Europe. The more prosperous and metropolitan London strongly opposed leaving the EU. Warnock’s controversial clerical pronouncements have earned negative press coverage ahead of his Jan. 5 runoff election against appointed Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler. The outcome...
    More On: Raphael Warnock Ossoff, Warnock bankrolled by donors in New York and California Warnock church camper opens up about camp abuse Democratic candidates raise over $200M in final push before Georgia runoffs Raphael Warnock’s ex claims he ran over her foot during a dispute Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Raphael Warnock denounced the UK’s vote to leave the European Union as “ethnocentrism and hate” in a newly resurfaced 2018 sermon. “Hate has gone viral,” the pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church said of the 2016 vote to leave the political and trade bloc. “Nativism and ethnocentrism and bigotry [are] in high places on both sides of the Atlantic. Before there was Trumpism over here, there was Brexit over there,” Warnock said. “Different contexts, same problem. Nativism and ethnocentrism and hate. Us against them.” British voters’ surprise June 2016 rejection of the EU was widely seen as a populist backlash against the UK’s political establishment. Less-prosperous rural and post-industrial areas of England were most supportive of Brexit. Advocates of leaving the EU said the UK should have its own trade...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked Americans from getting critical aid in coronavirus relief Tuesday. Twice. He blocked votes on $2,000 survival checks when Sen. Chuck Schumer tried to bring the bill to the floor and again when Sen. Bernie Sanders tried. Now it appears that he's going to tie that $2,000 to the poison pills of Trump's demand for some kind of action to punish tech companies and "voter fraud." Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are watching all this closely from Georgia, where they are fighting for reelection in the Jan. 5 runoff. Their respective Democratic opponents, Raphael Warnock and John Ossoff, are watching too, because this election will determine if Americans get even adequate help in overcoming the pandemic. The two Republicans now say they back Trump's demand for that $2,000. The question at least one of them—Perdue—is refusing to answer is what they're willing to do about it. Like tell McConnell to have a standalone vote on the checks. Fat chance. Those $2,000 checks are only happening if Warnock and Ossoff win. McConnell is not going to...
    Loading the player... Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock are warning that both their campaigns need more financial support in order to compete against the two incumbent Georgia Republicans.  “To win this election in 8 days, we need to continue our historic efforts to turn out every single voter — but we won’t be able to do that if our fundraising revenue continues to fall,” Warnock campaign manager Jerid Kurtz and Ossoff campaign manager Ellen Foster wrote in a memo obtained by NBC News. Democratic U.S. Senate candidates Raphael Warnock (left) and Jon Ossoff bump elbows during a Dec. 5 outdoor drive-in rally in Conyers, Georgia. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images) Warnock and Ossoff have raised an impressive $100 million in just the past two months. However, they are still being outspent by GOP groups from outside the state of Georgia.  The NBC News report is citing an anonymous source who said Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is “pessimistic” about the race and is no longer reaching out to donors. But a spokesperson for the...
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