Early voting kicks off Monday for two Georgia runoffs that will determine Senate control

Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock are challenging incumbent GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, respectively, in a pair of races that weren't settled in November's elections because no one received a majority of the vote in either contest.

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(FOX Carolina) - Early Wednesday morning the Associated Press declared democratic challenger Raphael Warnock the winner in his senate runoff race against incumbent Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler. 

Later Jon Ossoff was declared the winner in his race against Senator David Perdue.

On Tuesday, the nation watched as Georgia voters headed to the polls to decide what political party would potentially control the U.S. Senate. 

Incumbent Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler ran against Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock respectively. 

Prior to the election, Republicans control the Senate 50-48, but a win in both Tuesday's runoff races would give democrats a 50-50 tie with republicans. With Vice President-elect Kamala Harris overseeing the chamber, democrats would effectively have control with her casting any tie-breaking votes.

Both President Trump and President-elect Biden were in the state on Monday campaining for their party's candidates. 

A Look At the Races 

Warnock, Loeffler

Raphael Warnock, Senator Kelly Loeffler

As of 4:45 a.m. Wednesday morning, Raphael Warnock was ahead by nearly 50,000 votes and was declared winner by the Associated Press. Polls indicated at that time that 99% of the votes were counted. 

Senator Kelly Loeffler, appointed by Republican Governor Brian Kemp to take over retired Senator Johnny Isakson's seat, is the first female republican senator from the State of Georgia. 

Loeffler was sworn into office in January 2020. Before becoming a senator, she was an executive at a financial services firm in Atlanta and co-owner of Atlanta's WNBA team the Atlanta Dream. 

Facing off against Senator Loeffler is Rev. Raphael Warnock. Warnock serves as the pastor at Atlanta's historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. 

Ossoff, Perdue

John Ossoff, Senator David Perdue

Shortly after 8 a.m. Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff addressed voters thanking them for electing him the next senator of Georgia saying in part, "It is with humility that I thank the people of Georgia for electing me to serve you in the United States Senate. Thank you for the confidence and trust you have placed in me." 

It's important to note, that as of 11:30 a.m. the race between Senator Perdue and Ossoff has yet to be called. Election officials say as of now, the race is still too close to call and votes are still be counted.

At the time of writing, Ossoff leads Perdue by just over 16,000 votes with 99 percent of the precints reporting. 

Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff delivers remarks on Georgia runoff election

Republican Senator David Perdue, a close ally of President Trump, has served in office since 2014. 

In his time in office Sen. Perdue has served on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget and Foreign Relations committees. Prior to running for office, Senator Perdue was not in politics. He was the CEO of Reebok athletic brand and Dollar General stores. 

His opponet, Democrat Jon Ossoff, gained attention in the 2017 special House race when he ran against, and lost to, Republican Karen Handel. Ossoff's campaign website describes him as a media executive, small business owner and investigative journalist. 

Ossoff owns a portion of former BBC journalist Ron McCullagh's Insight TWI. The company has produced documentaries on mass killings and sexual slavery by ISIS, and a corruption investigation on judges in Ghana. 

Polls across the state open at 7 a.m. and will remain open until 7 p.m.  We'll have complete coverage of the results on air and online. 

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