Last night, the world has Georgia on its mind as the state's voters went to the polls in an epic election for control of the U.S. Senate.
And this morning, Democratic Party candidate Jon Ossoff delivered a victory speech, even though he still hasn't been declared the winner over incumbent Republican David Perdue.
However, things are looking exceptionally well for the 33-year-old Ossoff, who's leading by more than 16,000 votes with 98 percent of the ballots counted.
In a livestreamed address, Ossoff thanked Georgia voters.
"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," Ossoff said. "To defeat it and to get our daily lives back. And to rush direct economic relief to people who need it 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. state."
Ossoff is a documentary film producer, investigative journalist, and former national-security staffer with Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson.
Last night, fellow Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock was declared elected over another Republican incumbent senator, Kelly Loeffler.
Warnock, the 51-year-old senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, will become Georgia's first Black senator.
"When I think about the arc of our history, what Georgia did last night is its own message in the midst of a moment in which so many people are trying to divide our country, at a time we can least afford to be divided," Warnock told CNN's John Berman this morning.
The two Senate elections were held because no candidate achieved the 50 percent necessary in the November 3 election to be elected under state rules.
If Ossoff remains ahead after all the votes are counted, the Democrats will have 50 members in the 100-seat Senate.
Under these circumstances, the incoming vice president, Kamala Harris, will cast the deciding vote.
It means that the Democrats will control Congress, the Senate, and the presidential administration, enabling Joe Biden to encounter fewer hurdles in advancing his legislative agenda.
Today, Congress is expected to certify the Electoral College results even as President Donald Trump continues to claim that he was defrauded out of the election.
Trump's campaign has lost approximately 60 legal challenges against the results in several states.
This morning, Trump called on Vice President Mike Pence to reject certifying the results of the presidential election, even though legal experts have stated that Pence has no authority to do this.
"States want to correct their votes, which they know were based on irregularities and fraud, plus corrupt process never received legislative approval," Trump tweeted this morning. "All Mike Pence has to do is send them back to the states, AND WE WIN. Do it Mike, this is a time for extreme courage!"
Twitter tagged this tweet with the following message: "This claim about election fraud is disputed".