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Republican Perdue concedes Georgia U.S. Senate race to Democrat

FILE PHOTO: Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jon Ossoff speaks after the runoff election against Republican Senator David Perdue in a still image from video in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. January 6, 2021. Jon Ossoff for Senate/Handout via REUTERS.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator David Perdue conceded his Georgia Senate race to Democratic rival Jon Ossoff on Friday after a pair of victories in runoff elections handed control of the U.S. Senate to Democrats.

“I want to congratulate the Democratic Party and my opponent for this runoff win,” Perdue said in a statement. Two U.S. Senate seats were up for grabs in Wednesday’s runoffs.

Reporting by Doina Chiacu

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