Georgia's Senate Runoff Elections: Analysis With AJC Reporter Tia Mitchell | WYPR

Georgia's Senate Runoff Elections: Analysis With AJC Reporter Tia Mitchell

Jan 6, 2021

President-elect Joe Biden campaigns in Atlanta, GA on Jan. 4, 2021, for Dem. Senate candidates Jon Osoff, left, and Raphael Warnock.
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Yesterday, the weather in Georgia was sunny and mild.  The tenor of the four campaigners who were locked in battles for Georgia's two Senate seats was anything but sunny and mild.  The campaigns set records for spending and turnout for special elections.

As we speak, the dust is beginning to settle in Georgia.

The Rev. Raphael Warnock, a former pastor of Douglas Memorial Community Church here in Baltimore and the current pastor of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, is projected to be the first Black Senator ever elected in Georgia, and the first Democrat elected to the Senate from Georgia in 20 years.

In the race that pitted Democrat Jon Ossoff against Republican incumbent David Perdue, Mr. Ossoff held a lead at broadcast time, but the AP and other news media outlets still considered the vote tallies too close to call. [By 4:30pm on Wednesday, however, NBC News and AP had called the race for Jon Osoff.]

Tia Mitchell is Washington correspondent for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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For analysis of these crucial runoff elections and what they signify for Georgia politics and control of the US Senate, Tom welcomes Tia Mitchell, the Washington correspondent for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

Tia Mitchell joins us from Washington, DC, on Zoom.