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Georgia senatorial candidates Sen. David Perdue (L) and Jon Ossoff (R)
Georgia senatorial candidates Sen. David Perdue (L) and Jon Ossoff (R)(WTOC)
Updated: Jan. 6, 2021 at 11:49 AM EST
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ATLANTA (AP) - UPDATE, 11:20 A.M. - Georgia U.S. Senate candidate Jon Ossoff is claiming victory, thanking Georgians for “electing me to serve you.”

The Associated Press has not declared a winner in the race between Democrat Ossoff and Republican incumbent David Perdue, which is too early to call.

Ossoff made the comments early Wednesday in a speech on social media. He said the campaign has been about health, jobs and justice for Georgians. He added that he intends to serve all people in the state.

Georgia’s two Senate runoff elections will decide control of the U.S. Senate. In the other race, Republican Kelly Loeffler lost to Democrat Raphael Warnock

5:00 A.M.

The race for U.S. Senate in Georgia between incumbent GOP Sen. David Perdue and Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff is too early to call.

As of 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, Ossoff had a lead of 9,527 votes out of nearly 4.4 million counted, or a margin of less than 0.2 percentage points. There were still some mail ballots and in-person early votes left to be counted statewide, the majority of which are in Democratic-leaning counties.

Under Georgia law, a trailing candidate may request a recount when the margin of an election is less than or equal to 0.5 percentage points.

In Georgia’s other runoff election, Democrat Raphael Warnock unseated Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler.

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