Raphael Warnock, Jon Ossoff Anticipate Victory in Historic Georgia Runoffs

Rev. Raphael Warnock has delivered a victory speech while Jon Ossoff is anticipating his own triumph in the Georgia Senate runoffs.

Although official results have yet to be declared, Democratic candidate Warnock spoke of "going to the Senate to work for all of Georgia."

"We were told that we couldn't win this election," he said.

"But tonight, we proved that with hope, hard work, and the people by our side, anything is possible."

The Associated Press has named Warnock the winner, while CNN and NBC have also projected his victory over incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler.

Warnock spoke of having roots "planted deeply in Georgia soil" while describing his "improbable journey" to the Senate.

"A son of my late father, who was a pastor, a veteran and a small businessman, and my mother who was a teenager growing up in Waycross, Georgia, used to pick somebody else's cotton," he said. "But the other day, because this is America, the 82-year-old hands that used to pick somebody else's cotton went to the polls and picked her youngest son to be a United States Senator."

LIVE: Reverend Warnock Addresses Supporters on Election Night https://t.co/3AjHzC35qy

— Reverend Raphael Warnock (@ReverendWarnock) January 6, 2021

However, his opponent Loeffler has said she is confident of victory.

"We've got some work to do here. This is a game of inches. We're going to win this election," she said shortly after midnight, according to AP.

Ossoff's campaign released a statement outlining the belief he "will have won" his race once all the votes are counted.

"When all the votes are counted we fully expect that Jon Ossoff will have won this election to represent Georgia in the United States Senate," Ossoff's campaign manager Ellen Foster said in a statement.

NEW: Statement from Jon @ossoff campaign manager @EllenEFoster:

"When all the votes are counted we fully expect that Jon Ossoff will have won this election to represent Georgia in the United States Senate." pic.twitter.com/9jpKf43C6m

— Miryam Lipper (@MiryamLipper) January 6, 2021

"The outstanding vote is squarely in parts of the state where Jon's performance has been dominant. We look forward to seeing the process through in the coming hours and moving ahead so Jon can start fighting for all Georgians in the U.S. Senate."

Ossoff is running against Sen. David Perdue. Victory for the Democrat would make him the youngest senator in the upper chamber at 33.

After the release of Foster's statement, Perdue's campaign said the election was "exceptionally close," adding that it expects the Republican to win eventually.

Statement from our campaign: pic.twitter.com/evoAgl05dy

— David Perdue (@Perduesenate) January 6, 2021

"As we've said repeatedly over the last several weeks and as recently as this evening, this is an exceptionally close election that will require time and transparency to be certain the results are fair and accurate and the voices of Georgians are heard," the statement said.

"We will mobilize every available resource and exhaust every legal recourse to ensure all legally cast ballots are properly counted. We believe in the end, Senator Perdue will be victorious."

Perdue and Loeffler had spoken of the race potentially being decided by "just a few votes" in a joint statement on Tuesday.

Polling was tight right up to the votes.

Newsweek has contacted all four campaigns for comment.

If both Warnock and Ossoff win, Republicans will lose control of the Senate.

The chamber would be split 50/50, between 48 Democrats and two independents who caucus with them, and 50 Republicans.

Tiebreakers would then go to the vice president, giving Kamala Harris the deciding vote.

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Democratic Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock greet each other on stage during the Vote GA Blue concert on December 28 at New Birth Church in Stonecrest, Georgia. Paras Griffin/Getty Images