Perdue’s re-election race goes to a runoff in Georgia, leaving the Senate majority in limbo.

first_img– Advertisement – Senator David Perdue, Republican of Georgia, was fighting for his political life on Saturday in a contest that could determine which party controls the Senate, as his re-election bid headed to a January runoff against Jon Ossoff, his Democratic challenger.Mr. Perdue had a razor-thin lead over Mr. Ossoff in a contest that demonstrated Democrats’ emerging strength in what was once a Republican stronghold in the Deep South. Neither candidate claimed a majority of votes amid a protracted count, according to The Associated Press.- Advertisement – If Mr. Biden wins the White House and Democrats take both of Georgia’s seats, they would draw the Senate to a 50-50 tie, effectively taking control of the chamber, given the vice president’s power to cast tiebreaking votes. But that is a tall order in a state with deep conservative roots, and Republicans felt reasonably confident they could hang onto at least one of the seats needed to deny Democrats the majority.- Advertisement – Two other Senate races, in North Carolina and in Alaska, had not yet been called. But Republicans were leading in both and expected to win, putting them at 50 seats to the Democrats’ 48. The inconclusive result set up a drastic rematch between Mr. Perdue and Mr. Ossoff on Jan. 5, and thrust Georgia into the center of the nation’s political fray as Joseph R. Biden Jr. appeared on track to win the White House. The state had already been scheduled to decide the fate of its other Senate seat in a special-election runoff between the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, and Senator Kelly Loeffler, a Republican, on the same day. That makes it nearly certain that the twin Georgia races will determine which party controls the chamber just two weeks before the next presidential inauguration.“Change has come to Georgia,” Mr. Ossoff said at a rally on Friday, “and Georgia is a part of the change coming to America.”last_img read more

Andreescu Becomes Canada’s First-Ever Grand Slam Champion

first_imgNew York: Teenager Bianca Andreescu stunned 23-time major champion Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 to become Canada’s first Grand Slam singles champion here in the US Open finals.Williams was denied a record-equaling 24th Slam title as the 19-year-old Andreescu on Saturday became the youngest Grand Slam winner since Maria Sharapova at the 2006 US Open.While it was the fourth successive defeat in the finals for Willams, Andreescu tied Monica Seles, who lifted the 1990 Roland Garros trophy in her fourth major, for the record as the fastest player to grab a first Slam crown in the Open era.The morning showed the day as Williams by conceded her opening service game with successive double faults at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Andreescu did not let the gifts go in vain as she capitalized on them and took the first set as Williams handed her the first with another double fault.In the second set, Andreescu, who had failed to reach the main draw at Flushing Meadows in the previous two years, surged 2-0 ahead.Williams fought back from being 5-1 down to level 5-5 by hitting 14 of 17 points in a pulsating contest.The Canadian then held for 6-5 and Williams erred on a backhand to give Andreescu two more shots at the title. Williams hit an ace to save the first but Andreescu secured victory on the next with a crisp forehand return. IANSAlso Read: Sachin Tendulkar Explains What Sets Smith Apart From Other BatsmenAlso Watch:AJYCP forms Human Chain against NHPC at Gogamukh in Dhemaji | The Sentinel News | Assam Newslast_img read more