Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) conceded the Georgia Senate runoff race to Jon Ossoff
Perdue thanked supporters in a statement before acknowledging his loss in Tuesday’s election, saying “I want to congratulate the Democratic Party and my opponent for this runoff win.”
“Although we won the general election, we came up just short of Georgia’s 50% rule, and now I want to congratulate the Democratic Party and my opponent for this runoff win,” Perdue said. “Bonnie and I will continue to pray for our wonderful state and our great country. May God continue to bless Georgia and the United States of America.”
Perdue’s statement did not mention Ossoff by name. A spokesperson for Ossoff’s campaign said Ossoff didn’t receive a personal call conceding the race from Perdue, adding that they learned about the concession through media reports.
Perdue, a close ally of President Trump, was first elected to the Senate in 2014. He led Ossoff by about 88,000 votes in November’s general election, but failed to top 50% required to avoid the runoff.
Ossoff’s win along with Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock whom defeated Sen. Kelly Loeffler flip the Senate to Democrats, giving President-elect Joe Biden unchecked power to enact sweeping liberal legislation and push his through majority if not all Cabinet nominations without Republican objection. The Senate’s will split will be 50-50 with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris being the one to cast the tie-breaking votes.
Loeffler conceded to Warnock Thursday night.
Ossoff and Warnock will be officially sworn in after the results of the election are certified. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has until Jan. 22 to certify the runoff results.