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Jon Ossoff
Thu, 2021-Jan-07 11:07 UTC
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With 1,010,513 views on Wednesday, 6 January 2021 our article of the day is Jon Ossoff.

Thomas Jonathan Ossoff ( OSS-off; born February 16, 1987) is an American politician who is a United States senator-elect from Georgia. He was previously a documentary film producer and investigative journalist.

Ossoff was the Democratic nominee in the historically expensive 2017 special election for Georgia's 6th congressional district, which had long been considered a Republican stronghold. After finishing first, but without a majority in the all-party primary election, he lost the runoff with 48.2% of the vote to Republican Karen Handel's 51.8%. In mid-2020, Ossoff won the Democratic Party nomination for the 2020 U. S. Senate election in Georgia to run against incumbent Republican senator David Perdue. Neither candidate reached the 50% threshold on the November 3 general election, triggering a runoff election on January 5, 2021. On January 6, most news outlets projected Ossoff as the winner of the election. Ossoff will serve alongside fellow Democrat, Raphael Warnock, who defeated incumbent Republican Kelly Loeffler in the 2020 Senate special election runoff, also on January 5, 2021. The two races attracted significant national attention and spending, as they decided who would control the Senate in the 117th Congress. With Warnock's and Ossoff's victories, Democrats and Republicans will each hold 50 Senate seats, but Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' tie-breaking vote will give Democrats an effective majority. With his victory, Ossoff will become the youngest member of the Senate in the 117th Congress, as well as the first Jewish member of the Senate from Georgia and the first Jewish senator from the Deep South since Benjamin F. Jonas of Louisiana, who was elected in 1879. Ossoff will be the first Democrat elected to a full term in the Senate from Georgia since Max Cleland in 1996. He and Warnock will be the first Democratic U. S. senators from Georgia in 16 years since Zell Miller left office in 2005. Ossoff is also the first millennial senator to be elected.

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