Democrats near majority as Warnock makes history with Senate win in Georgia; Congress set to confirm Biden’s electoral win over Trump




Media  – America’s turbulent and fraught 2020 election season is drawing closer to a final curtain in Georgia, where critical Senate races were being decided, and in Washington, where President-elect Joe Biden is set to have his victory confirmed by Congress.


Democrat Raphael Warnock won one of Georgia’s two Senate runoffs, becoming the first Black senator in his state’s history and putting the Senate majority within the party’s reach, Steve Peoples, Russ Bynum and Bill Barrow report.


Warnock, a pastor who spent 15 years leading the Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached, defeated Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler.


His victory is a stinging rebuke of outgoing President Donald Trump, who traveled to Georgia to rally for Loeffler and the Republican running for the other seat, David Perdue.

The focus now shifts to the race between Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff. That contest was too early to call as votes were still being counted.


GEORGIA TAKEAWAYS: Black turnout fuels Warnock victory. 


EXPLAINER: How Warnock won 1 of Georgia’s 2 Senate runoffs.


AP VoteCast: Competing coalitions define Georgia Senate races.

“Democrat Raphael Warnock won one of Georgia’s two Senate runoffs Wednesday, becoming the first Black senator in his state’s history. He defeated Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler, who did not concede early Wednesday.”


EXPLAINER: Why Trump’s ballot ‘dump’ tweet is misleading.


Congress-Electoral College: Trump’s extraordinary effort to overturn the presidential election is going before Congress. Lawmakers are set to convene today for a joint session, required by law, to confirm the Electoral College vote won by Biden. The typically routine proceeding will be anything but that. Trump’s Republican allies plan to object to the election results, saying they are heeding the pleas of his supporters’ to “fight for Trump.”  The longshot effort is all but certain to fail. Bipartisan majorities in Congress are prepared to accept the results, Lisa Mascaro and Mary Claire Jalonick report,


As Congress prepares to affirm Biden’s victory, hundreds of Trump supporters are in Washington to cheer on the president’s baseless claims of election fraud. Trump is expected to address a Wednesday morning rally on the Ellipse, just south of the White House.


EXPLAINER: How Congress will count Electoral College votes. 

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