In a tight race for the remaining U.S. Senate seat, Democrat Jon Ossoff defeated Republican David Perdue in the Georgia runoff.
Ossoff has promised to support the pro-LGBTQ Equality Act, expand federal anti-discrimination statutes that would penalize faith-based organizations for adhering to their Biblical standards and principles, and only vote to confirm judges who pledge to uphold Roe v. Wade.
With Ossoff’s win, the Senate is now evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans. Once sworn in as vice president, Kamala Harris will have the power to break any ties.
“It isn’t the script any of us [conservatives] would have written for the country we love,” said Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council. “But as those of us who’ve lived through the long arc of this movement know: It isn’t the closing chapter either.
Ossoff is the first Jewish senator from Georgia and will be the youngest senator at age 33. His victory comes along with the win of fellow Democrat Raphael Warnock, who will take office as the state’s first Black senator. They are the first Democrats to win Senate seats in Georgia since 2000.
It will take several days for the Georgia runoff to be officially certified, so Ossoff and Warnock will not take office immediately. Warnock’s term will only last two years, but Ossoff has won a full six-year term in the Senate.
Above: Jon Ossoff addresses the crowd during a drive-in rally in Augusta, Georgia, on Nov. 13.
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