‘Thank you so much’: Ossoff claims victory in race against Perdue

AP has not officially called the race; Perdue campaign issues statement

FULL VIDEO: Jon Ossoff claims victory in Senate runoff race

ATLANTA (WALB) - U.S. Senate Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff gave remarks early Wednesday morning following the Tuesday runoff election.

Ossoff claimed victory over Republican Incumbent David Perdue Wednesday. The Associated Press has not called the race in Ossoff’s favor but Ossoff does have a small lead over Perdue.

“It is with humility that I thank the people of Georgia for electing me to serve you in the United States Senate,” Ossoff said in his speech Wednesday. “Thank you for the confidence and trust that you have placed in me.”

Below is the full transcript of Ossoff’s speech:

“Good morning. It is with humility that I thank the people of Georgia for electing me to serve you in the United States Senate. Thank you for the confidence and trust that you have placed in me.

At this moment of crisis, as COVID-19 continues to ravage our state and our country, when hundreds of thousands have lost their lives, millions have lost livelihoods, Georgia families are having difficulty putting food on the table — fearing foreclosure or eviction, having difficulty making ends meet — let’s unite now to beat this virus and rush economic relief to the people of our state and to the American people.

I will work in the U.S. Senate to support a robust public health response so that we can defeat this virus, putting Georgia’s own Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the lead, trusting medical expertise, doctors, and scientists to bring the tools to bear, the technology to bear, the ingenuity to bear, and the resources to bear necessary to stop the spread of this virus to defeat it and to get our daily lives back — and to rush direct economic relief to people who need help right now.

This campaign has been about health and jobs and justice for the people of this state — for all the people of this state. And they will be my guiding principles, as I serve this state in the U.S. Senate, ensuring that every Georgian has great health care, no matter our wealth, ensuring that we invest in an economic recovery that includes all communities, that rebuilds our state’s infrastructure, that lays the foundations for prosperity in rural Georgia, suburban communities, and urban communities alike, and securing equal justice for all, following in the footsteps of leaders who have departed us in this last year like Congressman John Lewis and C.T. Vivian. I want to thank the people of Georgia for participating in this election, everybody who cast your ballot, everybody who put your faith and confidence in our democracy’s capacity to deliver the representation that we deserve, whether you were for me, or against me, I’ll be for you in the U.S. Senate. I will serve all the people of the state. I will give everything I’ve got to ensuring that Georgia’s interests are represented in the U.S. Senate. I want to thank all the volunteers who poured their hearts and souls into this campaign. I want to thank my family for their support and their patience. I want to thank my wonderful wife Alisha, who as we speak is at the hospital, helping Georgia mothers deliver healthy babies, helping save lives. Let’s emulate the spirit of courage and heroism of those who have given so much to the health response to this crisis, as we unite as a people, to overcome this challenge of COVID-19, and to build a republic that lives up to our highest ideals of equality in God’s eyes and equal justice under the law. Georgia, thank you so much for the confidence that you’ve placed in me.

I am honored — honored — by your support, by your confidence, by your trust, and I will look forward to serving you in the United States Senate with integrity, with humility, with honor and getting things done for the people of Georgia. Thank you so much.”

Prior to Ossoff’s speech, Ossoff’s campaign released a statement.

“As we’ve said repeatedly over the last several weeks and as recently as this evening, this is an exceptionally close election that will require time and transparency to be certain the results are fair and accurate and the voices of Georgians are heard. We will mobilize every available resource and exhaust every legal recourse to ensure all legally cast ballots are properly counted. We believe in the end, Senator Perdue will be victorious.”

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