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Perdue concedes to Ossoff in Georgia

Republican David PerdueDavid PerdueSuburbs pose challenge for GOP in post-Trump era Democrats swear in three senators to gain majority Schumer becomes new Senate majority leader MORE conceded his loss in his Senate runoff election in Georgia on Friday, acknowledging Democrat Jon OssoffJon OssoffRepublicans plan voting overhauls after Biden's win Refreshing the tree of liberty Ossoff sworn in on Hebrew Bible from synagogue bombed by white supremacists in the 1950s MORE as the winner.

In a statement, Perdue noted that while he finished ahead of Ossoff in the November general election, he had fallen short in the Jan. 5 runoff election, one of two in Georgia that helped hand Democrats control of the Senate.

“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.” 

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Perdue’s concession came two days after The Associated Press and several media outlets declared Ossoff the winner. The latest returns show Ossoff leading Perdue by a single percentage point, a narrow margin but still big enough for Democrats to avoid a recount.

In acknowledging his loss, Perdue joins his state’s other senator, Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerLimbaugh falsely says Biden didn't win legitimately while reacting to inauguration Suburbs pose challenge for GOP in post-Trump era Democrats swear in three senators to gain majority MORE (R-Ga.) in conceding. Loeffler lost her runoff to Democrat Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockRepublicans plan voting overhauls after Biden's win Refreshing the tree of liberty Limbaugh falsely says Biden didn't win legitimately while reacting to inauguration MORE on Wednesday, as well. 

The dual Democratic wins mean that for the first time in nearly 20 years, Georgia will be represented by two Democratic senators in Washington. 

Warnock and Ossoff’s wins also mean that Democrats will effectively control the Senate when President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBudowsky: A Biden-McConnell state of emergency summit DC might win US House vote if it tries Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models MORE takes office later this month. The upper chamber will be split 50-50 among Democrats and Republicans, though Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisInaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models Overnight Defense: Biden lifts Trump's transgender military ban | Democrats, advocates celebrate end of ban | 5,000 guardsmen staying in DC through mid-March The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP senator retires MORE will cast tie-breaking votes.

Loeffler and Perdue’s concessions came at a tumultuous time in Washington and for the GOP, following pro-Trump riots at the U.S. Capitol spurred by President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE’s months-long refusal to acknowledge his own loss in the 2020 presidential election.

Perdue, a former corporate executive, was first elected to the Senate in 2014. His first term in the chamber expired last Sunday. 

“Bonnie and I are deeply grateful for the support millions of Georgians have shown us this year and in the six years since we first ran for the United States Senate,” Perdue said on Friday. “Serving our home state has been the honor of a lifetime, and I am very proud of how our team in Georgia and Washington, D.C. fought every day to deliver real results for all 11 million Georgians.”