A Republican from Georgia resisted demands to admit he lost his Senate seat in the latest election.
Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) is refusing to concede defeat to Democratic rival Jon Ossoff at the Georgia runoff on Jan. 5.
Perdue’s campaign team vowed to challenge the election result and verify every single vote was completely within the law.
“We will mobilize every available resource and exhaust every legal recourse to ensure all legally cast ballots are properly counted,” the team said on Twitter.
Although such a recount is expected to take several days or even weeks to finish, the Republican is confident that he will be returned to public office.
“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,” the team said. “We believe in the end, Sen. Perdue will be victorious.”
The remarks came after Reuters declared both Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock winners of their respective runoffs.
At the time of publication Ossoff allegedly attracted 50.4 percent of the vote while Warnock had 50.8 percent according to the Google website.
Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) had neither conceded nor confirmed she would contest the election result at the time of publication.
Former President Barack Obama supported the election campaign after Democrats discovered that winning those two seats would allow the party to expand its influence on the Senate, in which the GOP had a 52-seat majority.
If Ossoff and Warnock are still named winners, it would theoretically equally divide the floor and allow Kamala Harris to cast the tie-breaking vote and ultimately give Democrats control of both the House and Senate.
The former president claimed the stakes “could not be higher.”
“We are seeing how far some will go to retain power and threaten the fundamental principles of our democracy but our democracy is not about any individual, even a president—it is about you,” he said on Twitter.
Obama’s successor Joe Biden quickly declared the Democratic Party candidates as winners, even though the election outcome is still being contested.
“I called Rev. Warnock and Jon Ossoff this morning to congratulate them on their hard-fought campaigns,” Biden said on Twitter. “Georgia voters delivered a resounding message yesterday: they want action on the crises we face and they want it right now. Together, we will get it done.”
However, the White House expressed serious concerns about the integrity of the Peach State’s electoral system.
“Why are they stopping the vote count in Democrat Chatham County, Georgia?” press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Twitter. “This sounds familiar!”
“Does anyone truly believe that an anti-military, anti-police, Fidel Castro-inviting, Rev. Wright-loving Marxist embroiled in a child abuse scandal won fairly in the state of Georgia? I do not!” she added on Twitter.