Politics

  Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy returns home after hospital visit

Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont was taken to the hospital for observation “out of an abundance of caution” after being examined by Congress’ attending physician.

  Biden orders end of federally run private prisons

SC House has Santee Cooper; Senate has abortion on calendars

House Speaker wants to add 2 justices to SC Supreme Court

From SC to DC: Jaime Harrison focuses on Democrats’ national goals as new DNC chair

  Biden orders review of domestic extremism threat in US

  6 in 10 older Americans don’t know how to get vaccine

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  Absentee ballot delays lead to questions about the process

WATCH: Interview with Sen. Raphael Warnock

  Georgia Southern professor reflects on importance of inauguration

  Bomb threat called into Supreme Court, all-clear given

  Two candidates already qualified for Richmond Hill City Council special election

Ga. Secretary of State’s Office certifies runoff election results; Warnock, Ossoff to be sworn in after Inauguration

Protestors gather at State House over free speech concerns

Florence resident Shawn Laurie organized the event, titled “Drive4America”.

‘An unconstitutional act of political vengeance:’ Graham pens new letter opposing impeachment of Trump

Graham reaffirmed his position in a letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

  Georgia lawmakers discuss 2021 legislative priorities

State leaders, including Governor Brian Kemp, talked about their determination to give local communities, schools, and businesses the tools they need to get through the COVID-19 crisis and move forward in 2021.

Richmond Hill prepares to hold special election for city council seat

The city of Richmond Hill is looking to fill yet another vacant city council seat.

  Chatham Co. BOE meets to discuss allegations against former board member, runoff election results

  New session of Ga. General Assembly begins

  Chatham County elections workers tabulating last of absentee and provisional ballots

Perdue concedes in Senate runoff race

  Rep. Carter clarifies why he objected to certifying election results after riot

  Member of Trump Cabinet says he has not discussed invoking 25th Amendment with colleagues

Loeffler concedes to Warnock in Senate race

Loeffler congratulated Warnock on his victory. The outgoing senator also pledged to continuing fighting for what she dubbed the “American Dream.”

  Graham on riots: ‘They could have killed us all’

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham called for a task force to identify and prosecute those who forced their way into the U.S. Capitol and forced lawmakers out of their chambers as they worked to affirm the Electoral College vote.

  South Carolina state senator responds to Wednesday’s riot at US Capitol

State Senator Tom Davis, from South Carolina, represents thousands of people across the Lowcountry in Jasper and Beaufort counties.

President Trump’s legal team withdraws Ga. election challenges

President Donald Trump’s legal team has withdrawn its election contests against Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger as well as several other challenges against top state officials, according to a press release from Raffensperger’s office.

  Chatham County leaders discuss safety procedures day after riot at U.S. Capitol

A few Chatham County leaders addressed the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday while members of Congress were certifying the electoral college votes.

Ga. SoS answers election questions from Congress

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger addressed the letter to these officials because they had previously said they would object to Georgia’s electors

Georgia leaders denounce US Capitol riot, say state secure

Georgia’s governor and two other top Republican officials are denouncing the violent occupation of the U.S. Capitol by a mob incited by President Donald Trump.

Jon Ossoff becomes the youngest Democrat elected to the Senate since Joe Biden in 1973

Ossoff, 33, will be the youngest Democrat to serve in the U.S. Senate since President-elect Joe Biden, who assumed office in 1973 at the age of 30.

Some Trump Cabinet members begin to whisper about invoking the 25th Amendment

Some of President Trump’s own Cabinet members have been whispering about whether to move forward with formal proceedings to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove him from office days before his term ends.

SC political leaders react to chaos in Washington

Current and former U.S. legislators are reacting to the violence at the Capitol in Washington. Some of them are calling the events “heartbreaking and shocking.”

  One-on-one interview with Rev. Raphael Warnock, projected winner of Ga. Senate race

With a more than 50,000 vote lead, Reverend Raphael Warnock has been declared the winner of one of the US senate runoff races.

  Kayton/Frazier area reacts to Rev. Warnock’s Senate victory

Reverend Raphael Warnock has broken plenty of barriers on his way to becoming a U.S. Senator. Although he’s now a long way from where he started here in Savannah, he says he hasn't forgotten his roots and we found some residents who haven’t forgotten him either.

Local lawmakers prepare to gather in Atlanta next week

State lawmakers from across Georgia gather next week in Atlanta. They’ll decide issues that affect Georgians for the year to come and beyond.

Sen. Tim Scott to propose commission to examine integrity of November election

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott will introduce a bill Wednesday to establish the 2020 Bipartisan Advisory Committee, which would scrutinize the November election, his office says.

  Ga. Secretary of State’s Office gives update on runoff election results

As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, there were about 60,000 votes to be counted in Georgia.

The Latest: Ossoff claims a win, but race too early to call

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

  Election officials continue working to finalize Ga. runoff results

The Secretary of State’s Office is gearing up for another busy day as America waits to see which party will control the U.S. Senate.

  Warnock makes history with Senate win as Dems near majority

Warnock’s victory is a symbol of a striking shift in Georgia’s politics as the swelling number of diverse, college-educated voters flex their power in the heart of the Deep South.

  Chatham Co. absentee ballot counters sent home, returning Wednesday morning

Workers who’ve been at the Chatham County elections annex processing absentee ballots since 8 Tuesday morning, have been sent home for the night.

LINK: Georgia Runoff Election Results

As results come in, check out the WTOC Election Results page for the latest numbers.

  UPDATE: Hours extended at two Chatham Co. voting precincts

Hours have been extended at two Chatham County voting precincts

  Poll watcher removed from Chatham County voting precinct

A Chatham County Board of Elections member says a poll watcher had to be removed from the Island Christian Church voting precinct on Tuesday.

  Historic voter turnout in Ga. for runoff elections

One location in Savannah known to have a high voter turn out is the First Presbyterian Church on Washington Ave.

Voting underway in Georgia’s Senate runoffs

Election officials want voters to keep a few things in mind when casting their ballot on Election Day.

Decision day in Georgia with Senate majority at stake

Georgia voters are set to decide the balance of power in Congress in a pair of high-stakes Senate runoff elections.

Georgia voters encouraged to report issues

Many Georgians have already cast their ballots ahead of the runoff election day.

  WTOC Investigates: Concern over election flyers ahead of Georgia runoff

There have been a lot of political commercials and online ads leading-up to Tuesday’s runoffs. But people have also been bombarded with flyers.

  Sen. Loeffler makes campaign stop in Savannah ahead of Tuesday’s Senate runoffs

Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler spent much of Monday flying around the state for last-minute campaign stops.

Mace on GOP objection to Electoral College vote: ‘We must respect Constitution’

First Congressional District Rep. Nancy Mace says she will not join dozens of GOP colleagues who have said they plan to object the Electoral College’s selection of President-Elect Joe Biden when Congress convenes on Wednesday.

SOS Raffensperger holds news conference; Sterling rebuffs fraud claims

Georgia Public Broadcasting made the news conference available online.

  Early voter turnout in Chatham Co. more than double a typical runoff election

“When you see a 33% turnout in a runoff election like we’ve seen, you usually don’t see that. You may see a 15% turnout so, we might have doubled that turnout of what we’re used to seeing,” said Chatham County Board of Elections Commissioner Antwan T. Lang.

  One-on-one interview with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris while she campaigned in Garden City

Ahead of Tuesday’s Senate runoff election, Democrats and Republicans are spending their final hours campaigning all over the state.

State Elections Board member requests investigation of President Trump’s phone call with Sec. Raffensperger

Georgia Board of Elections member Matthew Mashburn has confirmed to WTOC that another board member, David Worley, has asked the Secretary of State’s Office to investigate a phone call from over the weekend between President Donald Trump and Secretary Brad Raffensperger.

Stakes high for U.S. Senate runoffs in Georgia

Voters in Georgia still have unfinished business to resolve two months after the November elections.

  Sen. David Perdue to campaign virtually as Sen. Tim Scott makes stop in Savannah

While Jon Ossoff is out campaigning around the state, Republican incumbent Senator David Perdue will campaign virtually.

Vice President-elect Harris campaigns for Ossoff and Warnock in Savannah

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is expected to visit Savannah Sunday.

Graham says colleagues challenging election results have a ‘high bar’ to clear

However, Graham did not go as far as some of his colleagues like Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) to criticize some of their fellow Republican’s efforts.

  Last day for early voting in Ga. runoff elections

Early voting for Georgia’s senate runoff races is closed.

Sen. Perdue quarantining after being in close contact with COVID-19 positive individual

Sen. David Perdue is quarantining after he was notified he came into close contact with someone on the campaign who tested positive for COVID-19, according to his campaign team.

Get Out and Vote rally held in Savannah

A Get Out and Vote rally was held Wednesday afternoon at Bethel AME Church.

  Early voting location cleared after possible threat

The Chatham County Police Department evacuated the Islands Library on Wednesday due to a possible threat.

  Sen. Loeffler makes campaign visit to Savannah

We’re now less than a week out from the runoff election here in Georgia. At stake of course two crucial senate seats. Early today one of the candidates vying for a seat, Senator Kelly Loeffler made a stop in Savannah.

President-elect, Vice President-elect travel to Georgia ahead of runoff election

The President-elect and Vice President-elect will be in Georgia a few days after the New Year.

President Trump calls Ga. leadership ‘a disaster’ in Twitter post

The president’s statement comes after Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger debunked claims of election fraud for the third time in the 2020 presidential election.

Raffensperger: No fraud found in Cobb Co. ballot signature audit

The audit found “no fraudulent absentee ballots” with a 99 percent confidence threshold.

  Large early voting turnout in Chatham Co. for January runoffs

Georgia’s runoff election is now exactly a week away.

  Gov. Kemp discusses runoff election, out-of-state voters

This week, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is taking action to prevent out-of-state voters from attempting to move to Georgia just to cast a ballot in the runoff election and then leave again.

Chatham Co. begins early counting of absentee ballots

The Chatham County Board of Elections will begin processing absentee ballots ahead of next month’s senate runoff.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to visit Columbus Monday

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is scheduled to make two stops in Georgia Monday to campaign for Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.

  Chatham Co. Voter Registration shows how signatures are verified on ballots

Georgia’s Secretary of State announced on Monday a signature audit of absentee ballot envelopes in Cobb County.

  Chatham Co. operations manager describes security measures for voting machines

Voting security is at the top of many voters’ minds.

Hip-Hop artist Common to perform at campaign rally in Garden City

Hip-Hop artist Common will perform at a campaign rally event in Garden City this Saturday.

  Huge turnout in Bryan Co. for first day of early voting

A non-profit organization made a stop in Bryan County on Tuesday to encourage people to get out to the polls as we inch closer to the Senate runoffs in January.

Biden returns to Georgia as validator for Ossoff, Warnock

President-elect Joe Biden is heading to Georgia Tuesday to campaign for the Democratic candidates in the state’s two critical U.S. Senate runoffs.

Georgia to audit one county’s signatures on ballot envelopes

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is to help with that audit, which is expected to be completed in two weeks, Raffensperger said.

  A new ‘sign’ of the times

While out supporting their candidates, of opposite political parties, Curran Ford & Karen Haythorne seemed to break from the norm. Offering help and kindness to each other during a contentious runoff election.

Georgia Democratic electors cast 16 votes for Joe Biden

Georgia’s 16 Electoral College votes have been cast for Democrat Joe Biden for president.

  Early in-person voting begins in Georgia Senate runoffs

Early in-person voting begins Monday in Georgia for the state’s twin U.S. Senate runoffs.