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Jon Ossoff defeats David Perdue for Georgia Senate seat

While it took a bit longer than the other race in Georgia, Ossoff defeated the incumbent Republican for the longer Senate seat available.

Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff places his hand on his heart as he thanks voters at Dunbar Neighborhood Center on January 05, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Polls have opened across Georgia in the two runoff elections, pitting incumbents Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) and Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) against Democratic candidates Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

A documentary film producer and investigative journalist is now a member of the United States Senate Jon Ossoff has defeated Republican incumbent David Perdue in Georgia’s runoff election. At 33 years of age, Ossoff will be the youngest United States Senator since Joe Biden represented Delaware as a 30-year-old in 1973.

The race has been called by as well as the Decision Desk, and was first called by Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political Report.

As of right now Ossoff leads 50.2% to 49.8% over Perdue, though we won’t know the exact final tally for several days. Right now it sits at 2,208,717 for Ossoff, and 2,192,347 for Perdue. The automatic recount threshold in Georgia is 0.5% of the vote, and this race should finish well outside that range as 98% of the vote has been counted statewide. The remaining vote is overwhelmingly centered around Metro Atlanta, a stronghold of the Democratic party.

Ossoff had the more difficult race by the polling before the election, and he will replace his opponent Perdue in the Senate. Perdue was originally elected in 2015, and previously served as a senior vice president for Reebok and a management consultant.