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Ossoff, Warnock Set To Be Sworn In Wednesday Afternoon

On Jan. 4, President-elect Joe Biden campaigned in Atlanta for Raphael Warnock, center, and Jon Ossoff, left. Certification by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger officially sealed Warnock and Ossoff's victories over their Republican opponents in the Jan. 5 runoffs.
On Jan. 4, President-elect Joe Biden campaigned in Atlanta for Raphael Warnock, center, and Jon Ossoff, left. Certification by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger officially sealed Warnock and Ossoff's victories over their Republican opponents in the Jan. 5 runoffs.
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Georgia’s two new Democratic senators-elect are set to be sworn in Wednesday afternoon, after Georgia officially certified its election results Tuesday.

The state hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate since 2000. Nearly 4.5 million Georgians cast ballots in the Jan. 5 election.

Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff’s swearings-in are expected to happen Wednesday afternoon following President-elect Joe Biden’s own inauguration, according to a spokesman for Ossoff.

This comes after the candidates’ unprecedented dual runoff races, which are now the two most expensive Senate races in U.S. history.

Ossoff’s margin of victory over Republican incumbent Sen. David Perdue came to nearly 55,000 votes. Warnock’s victory over incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler was more than 90,000.

Both outperformed Biden in Georgia, who won the state by nearly 12,000 votes.

Their victories give Democrats the narrowest of majorities in the Senate, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as a tie-breaking 51st vote.

Warnock, the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, will be Georgia’s first senator of color. Ossoff, the owner and chief executive of an investigative journalism company, will be its first Jewish senator.

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