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Georgia’s historic blue switch overshadowed by Capitol siege

Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston speaks to reporters with Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, left, and Gov. Brian Kemp, during a press conference Wednesday evening, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, to condemn the breach of the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)
Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston speaks to reporters with Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, left, and Gov. Brian Kemp, during a press conference Wednesday evening, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, to condemn the breach of the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/Ben Gray) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

BRUNSWICK, Ga. – The reaction is just coming in from locals and lawmakers over the results of Georgia’s runoff elections after Trump’s mob siege on the Capitol overshadowed the historic outcomes.

Political newcomers and Democrats Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock defeated their opponents, both incumbent Republicans Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.

One Camden County voter said he predicted the state would turn towards Democrats.

“It’s a major day. Finally, Georgia is going to be a blue state after 30 years. This state could use a little help,” Clarence said.

President-Elect Joe Biden, whose own victory was just certified, issued a public and personal congratulation to the Senator-elects.

“I called Reverend Warnock and Jon Ossoff this morning to congratulate them on their hard-fought campaigns. Georgia voters delivered a resounding message yesterday: they want action on the crises we face and they want it right now. Together, we’ll get it done,” Biden wrote on Twitter.

Ossoff and Warnock quickly condemned the American carnage at the Capitol.

“The insurrectionist attack on the U.S. Capitol was incited by Trump’s poisonous lies & flagrant assault on our Constitution. The GOP must discard and disavow Trump once and for all, end its attacks on the electoral process, & commit fully to the peaceful transfer of power,” Ossoff tweeted.

Warnock cited a Martin Luther King Jr. quote in response to the mob of Donald Trump supporters rioting in the nation’s capital.

“In this moment of unrest, violence, and anger, we must remember the words of Dr. King, ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.’ Let each of us try to be a light to see our country out of this dark moment,” Warnock wrote.

David Perdue’s term as Senator ended Sunday. Kelly Loeffler will remain a senator until the results of Tuesday’s election are finalized. The Secretary of State’s deadline to do that is January 22.


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