With over 50%, Ossoff claims outright victory, avoids runoff, and advances to General Election where he will face Senator David Perdue (R) and Libertarian Shane Hazel
Election results were slow to come in even Wednesday afternoon, but after final tallies, Jon Ossoff prevailed in a crowded primary among his fellow Democrats.
Ossoff won 51% in the seven-way Democratic primary, a surprise to political pundits who believed Sarah Riggs Amico or Teresa Tomlinson would force Ossoff into a runoff.
From a news release from the Ossoff campaign Wednesday night:
Ossoff’s historic and decisive victory was driven by overwhelming support among Black voters statewide. Ossoff bluntly attacked racism and corruption in the criminal justice system, and closed his primary campaign by calling for a New Civil Rights Act to remedy racial inequity and repair race relations.
Recent polling has found the Ossoff-Perdue matchup is a dead heat. Perdue’s reelection prospects have faded amidst revelations of corruption and self-dealing and in light of Ossoff’s consistent strong polling versus Perdue, The Cook Political Report recently upgraded the race for Democrats.
“Our momentum is unstoppable. We will build a country with great health care for every citizen, with equal justice and civil rights for all, with world-class sustainable infrastructure, and a clean political system,” said Ossoff.
“Yesterday’s election debacle lays bare the need to ensure a free and fair election for every Georgia voter, and our campaign will not stop working to achieve that goal. The people of Georgia deserve to have their voices heard, and that promise of our democracy must live up to its ideals.
“This is the beginning of a new chapter in Georgia’s history and the beginning of the end for disgraced David Perdue.”