Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff is excited to see his rematch against incumbent GOP Senator David Perdue on January 5th. Though Perdue won more votes than in the November election, he fell just under half a point behind in the final victory over Ossoff, the Georgia Democrat, believing the runoff result may be different.
The general election was split: Democrat Joe Biden won the state, but Republicans across Georgia and in the two Senate races attracted the most votes. The Republican in the other race, Senator Kelly Loeffler, got fewer votes than the leading Democrat, Reverend Raphael Warnock, but she ran in a field of 20 and the third highest voter was GOP Representative Doug Collins, who won 20% of the vote .
In an interview with CBS News on Wednesday, Ossoff said he received fewer votes than Joe Biden and Perdue received more votes than President Trump, predicting that a more focused head-to-head race would be different.
Ossoff remarked, “I have received more votes than any Georgian Democrat in the history of this state,” pointing out that “Georgia has become younger and more diverse every year over the past decade.”
Among the voters the Democrats want to target are “tens of thousands of people who were eligible to vote because they turned 18 between November and January,” Ossoff said. “We are continuing to build our momentum to get a record turnout. We achieved a record turnout in November. We will do this again in January.”
Although the turnout in a Senate runoff is usually dramatically lower because there is no presidential competition on the ballot, runoffs in Georgia are different because the two seats determine who controls the Senate when Mr Biden takes office. Voters and politicians, including Ossoff, see this race as a joint ticket with Warnock.
“What’s going on in Georgia is special, and people wouldn’t have believed it ten years ago – that you have the young Jewish son of an immigrant who is cared for by Congressman John Lewis and walks next to a black preacher named Dr. Die The king’s pulpit in the Ebenezer Church as standard bearer in these two Senate races to control the Senate, which runs in the country’s most competitive state, “said Ossoff.
Ossoff always mentions Warnock in his blunt speech, emphasizing the fact that Warnock is the pastor of the church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached. He calls Warnock “the moral voice for our state and our country”.
“We run together very well and travel the state together,” he said. “We met with President-elect Biden yesterday. We meet in Savannah on Saturday and it will send an extraordinary statement if we elect the senior pastor of Ebenezer Church as one of Georgia’s two senators.”
CBS News has asked all candidates for interviews. Loeffler and Perdue did not respond to our inquiries.
Kathryn Wienner and Kelly Johnstone contributed to this report.