UPDATE 11:19 p.m.
A major vote dump from DeKalb County, Georgia, put Democrat Raphael Warnock in the lead with a significant lead over Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler and put Jon Ossoff within a few thousand votes of incumbent Republican David Perdue.
Media, including conservative Newsmax, called the race for Warnock.
However, with about 97% of votes reported, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said he did not expect any sort of final results until lunchtime Wednesday after Chatham County — an area surrounding the heavily blue Savannah — appeared to close down around 11 p.m.
Left-leaning election officials claimed the same thing in the Nov. 3 election, sending home media and GOP poll observers before resuming the tallies, with many of the remaining votes breaking for Democrats.
Many were suspicious as counties like DeKalb and other Atlanta suburbs were exceedingly slow to report their returns.
Looks like they are setting up a big “voter dump” against the Republican candidates. Waiting to see how many votes they need?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
Those counties yet again claimed some of the same irregularities as they used to sway the outcome of the presidential election, including reports of machines malfunctioning and attempts to lock out Republican poll watchers at the last minute.
In November, activists working as election officials were caught on tape appearing to drag out suitcases of concealed ballots, rerunning the same ballot and shredding ballots.
Election workers were slow to commit to a deadline for when they would issue the returns, raising even more red flags.
Original story below:
With around 76% of precincts reporting in Georgia‘s Senate runoff, returns showed Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler both neck and neck with their respective challenges, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.
The closeness of the race did not bode well for Republicans, however, given the lingering concerns about vote fraud in the urban counties surrounding Atlanta—several of which still have less that 50% of votes reported.
Despite conservative outrage and heavy pressure from Republicans, including President Donald Trump, Georgia’s Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger have dug in their heels in refusing to address the fraud concerns.
Many of the same policies that allowed Democrat activists, led by failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, to undermine election integrity and flip the outcome of the Nov. 3 presidential race remained intact for the runoff.
Throughout the day, in fact, many social-media users and other poll watchers expressed alarm over what appeared to be suppression tactics in GOP-heavy counties.
Among those were failures of the machines operated by Dominion Voting Systems and blue-leaning counties where activists were allowed to videotape and confront voters.