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Democrats win control of Senate after Warnock, Ossoff victories

Democrats have won control of the Senate after securing victories in two runoff races in Georgia, a historic shift that will effectively give the party full control of the government under President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenRev. Barber says best way to undercut extremism is with honesty Biden requires international travelers to quarantine upon arrival to US Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 MORE.

Democrat Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' The Memo: Biden strives for common ground after Trump turmoil K Street navigates virtual inauguration week MORE defeated Sen. 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.), while Democrat Jon OssoffJon OssoffThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' The Memo: Biden strives for common ground after Trump turmoil K Street navigates virtual inauguration week MORE defeated Sen. 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, in hotly contested runoff races, giving each party 50 seats in the Senate. Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris takes up temporary residence at Blair House Amanda Gorman captures national interest after inauguration performance Democrats formally elect Harrison as new DNC chair MORE will cast the tie-breaking votes, giving Democrats control of the Senate for the first time since 2014.

Warnock’s victory over Loeffler was called early Wednesday morning. The race between Ossoff and Perdue was closer and was not called until the afternoon, as police clashed with a right-wing mob that stormed Capitol Hill to disrupt the Electoral College vote count.

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Hours earlier, President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE addressed tens of thousands of his supporters to claim that the November election and the Georgia Senate races had been stolen by Democrats through widespread fraud.

The Trump campaign lost more than 50 court cases centered around the president's allegations of fraud and the election results have been certified in all 50 states.

Trump campaigned for Perdue and Loeffler in the days before the election, but GOP turnout was down in rural Republican strongholds. Black voters turned out for Democrats in record numbers, while the GOP’s weakness in the Atlanta suburbs may have cost them in the traditionally red state.

Once the vote count is certified, Sen. Charles SchumerChuck SchumerNRSC chair says he'll back GOP incumbents against Trump primary challengers Schumer becomes new Senate majority leader US Chamber of Commerce to Biden, Congress: Business community 'ready to help' MORE (D-N.Y.) is expected to become the next Senate majority leader, ousting current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial McConnell proposes postponing impeachment trial until February For Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief MORE (R-Ky.).

McConnell on Wednesday issued a blistering rebuke of the Republicans who had joined an effort to challenge the Electoral College vote.

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Schumer is expected to work closely with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Biden unveils virus plan and urges patience | Fauci says it's 'liberating' working under Biden | House to move quickly on COVID-19 relief Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 On The Money: Pelosi says House will move immediately on COVID-19 relief | Biden faces backlash over debt | 900,000 more Americans file for unemployment benefits MORE (D-Calif.), his longtime ally in the House.

Democrats last controlled the House, Senate and White House when President Obama was first elected in 2008.

The victories by Biden, Warnock and Ossoff in Georgia this cycle represent a seismic shift in electoral politics.

Biden defeated Trump in Georgia by about 11,000 votes, making Trump the first GOP presidential candidate to lose Georgia since 1992. That was also the last time Democrats had two elected senators in the state.

Warnock, the senior pastor at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King, Jr. once preached, follows Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottGOP senator calls Biden's COVID-19 relief plan a 'non-starter' GOP senator questions constitutionality of an impeachment trial after Trump leaves office Biden's minimum wage push faces uphill battle with GOP MORE (R-S.C.) to become the second Black senator to represent a Southern state since Reconstruction.

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Ossoff will become the first Jewish senator from Georgia.

Republicans only needed to win one of the two Georgia runoffs to maintain a slim majority in the Senate..

Many Republicans believe Trump’s sustained attacks against GOP officials in the state and his persistent claims that the election had been stolen from him played a major role in the upset losses.

The president is also being blamed by Republicans for the riots on Capitol Hill, which came directly after he incited his crowd of supporters to demand Congress overturn the outcome of the election.