Polls in the fiercely-contested Georgia Senate runoff races have closed, with early vote counts on Tuesday giving the Democratic challengers an initial lead that has since turned neck and neck.
With 67 percent of the vote counted at 9:20 p.m., GOP Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) pulled ahead of Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff by 16,000 votes at 50.35 percent-49.65 percent.
Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) was behind Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock by 12,000 votes, or 50.14- percent-49.86 percent.
The eyes of the nation are trained on the Peach State for the two races that will determine which party controls the Senate and whether incoming President-elect Joe Biden will have any congressional check against his left-leaning agenda.
Ossoff, a 33-year-old investigative journalist, and Warnock, a senior pastor at Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, pulled ahead as the vote count progressed on Tuesday evening but there are still many ballots to be tabulated.
The majority of the votes counted so far have been from early and mail-in votes in which Democrats always perform better,