Democrats near majority as Warnock makes history with Senate win in Georgia; Congress set to confirm Biden's electoral win over Trump

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America's turbulent and fraught 2020 election season is drawing closer to a final curtain in Georgia, where critical Senate races were being decided, and in Washington, where President-elect Joe Biden is set to have his victory confirmed by Congress.

Democrat Raphael Warnock won one of Georgia’s two Senate runoffs, becoming the first Black senator in his state’s history and putting the Senate majority within the party's reach, Steve Peoples, Russ Bynum and Bill Barrow report.

Warnock, a pastor who spent 15 years leading the Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached, defeated Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler.

His victory is a stinging rebuke of outgoing President Donald Trump, who traveled to Georgia to rally for Loeffler and the Republican running for the other seat, David Perdue.

The focus now shifts to the race between Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff. That contest was too early to call as votes were still being counted.

AP

06/01/2021