After a pause in vote counting Tuesday night, the vote count continued in Georgia on Wednesday after yesterday’s special Senate runoff election, which saw Republican David Perdue face Democrat Jon Ossoff, a filmmaker, and Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) face Democrat Raphael Warnock, a pastor.
The special election was a campaign between two political aspirants. Loeffler, 50, a wealthy financial executive, co-owns Atlanta’s WNBA team and is married to the President of the New York Stock Exchange. She was appointed in 2019 by Gov. Brian Kemp after longtime Sen. Johnny Isakson stepped down due to declining health. Perdue, 71, grabbed national attention when he appeared to mock Kamala Harris’ name at a Trump rally. Though his team said that he “didn’t mean anything by it,” the gaffe turned into a major fundraising boost for Ossoff’s campaign. Purdue was elected to the U.S. Senate in the 2014 midterm elections. He almost won a second term outright in November, pulling 49.7% of the vote while Ossoff garnered about 48%.
Projections on Wednesday indicate that Warnock, 51, will win the race against Loeffler. The race between Ossoff, 33, and Perdue is extremely close, with less than 1% separating the two candidates.
In a scene that closely resembled the presidential election on Nov. 3, the Georgia special election was fraught with voting irregularities and evidence of potential election fraud. On Tuesday evening, President Trump alleged that a big “voter dump” was being set up against GOP candidates Loeffler and Perdue.
Looks like they are setting up a big “voter dump” against the Republican candidates. Waiting to see how many votes they need?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
Trump’s remarks came after Chatham and Fulton County announced Tuesday night that they would pause vote counting until Wednesday morning.