Loeffler, Perdue concede Senate runoffs to Democrats

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FILE- In this July 15, 2020, file photo Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., puts on a face mask as she walks with Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., right, at UPS Hapeville Airport Hub in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler have conceded their runoffs to the Democrats declared the winners earlier this week.

In a video shared on her social media accounts Thursday, Loeffler said she called Rev. Raphael Warnock to wish him well serving the Peach State.

“While my heart breaks at not being able to continue to serve Georgia and America, I’m tremendously proud of all we achieved together,” she said.

Loeffler said she intends to “stay in this fight for freedom, for our values, and for the future of this great country.”

Gov. Brian Kemp appointed Loeffler in December 2019 after Sen. Johnny Isakson resigned for health reasons.

“Marty, the girls, and I are very proud of her many accomplishments on behalf of all Georgians and deeply appreciate her willingness to answer the call to public service,” the governor tweeted after Loeffler’s video announcement.

He added: “I congratulate Senator-elect Warnock on his historic election to the U.S. Senate and look forward to working together on behalf of all Georgians.”

In a statement Friday, Perdue congratulated Jon Ossoff on his runoff win.

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. 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 eleven million Georgians.

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. 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.

With both of Georgia’s seats flipped, Democrats will control the Senate majority.

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