Democrat Jon Ossoff has defeated Republican David Perdue of their Georgia Senate runoff, NBC News projected. The win, together with the projected win of Democrat Raphael Warnock over Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, places the Democratic Party answerable for the Senate.
Runoff voters had been about evenly cut up on which occasion ought to management the Senate, with 49 p.c saying the Democratic Party ought to management it and 48 p.c saying the Republican Party, based on NBC News Exit Poll outcomes of early and Election Day voters.
The Democratic Party was pushed to victory with the help of 9 in 10 Black and liberal voters, about 7 in 10 voters underneath 30, 67 p.c of city voters, 63 p.c of moderates, 5 in 10 faculty graduates and 5 in 10 ladies.
Eight in 10 of those that thought the presidential election was performed pretty in Georgia voted for the Democrats. And 6 in 10 of those that thought the votes in Tuesday’s election can be counted precisely voted for the Democrats.
Seventy-six p.c of those that prioritize containing the coronavirus over the economic system voted for Democrats, as did 59 p.c of those that stated they had been fearful about contracting the coronavirus.
According to the exit ballot, Ossoff gained the help of conventional voting blocs for Democrats — 92 p.c of Black voters (up from 87 p.c within the November election), 92 p.c of liberals (up from 85 p.c in November), 67 p.c of voters underneath 30 (up from 54 p.c in November) and 63 p.c of moderates.
Ossoff gained the help of 54 p.c of faculty graduates, 55 p.c of ladies and 52 p.c of independents.
Warnock additionally won the support of traditional voting blocs for Democrats — 93 p.c of Black voters, 93 p.c of liberals, 68 p.c of voters underneath 30 and 63 p.c of moderates, based on the exit ballot. Fifty-five p.c of faculty graduates, 54 p.c of ladies and 52 p.c of independents voted for Warnock, the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Martin Luther King Jr.’s former church in Atlanta.
Older voters within the runoffs broke for Perdue and Loeffler (each 62 p.c) over Ossoff and Warnock (each 38 p.c), based on the exit ballot.
When requested whom that they had voted for in November, runoff voters had been about evenly divided between President Donald Trump (48 p.c) and President-elect Joe Biden (47 p.c), based on the exit ballot.
The NBC News Exit Poll was performed with voters as they left polling locations in Georgia on Tuesday. To account for the excessive variety of early and absentee voters and guarantee a pattern that precisely represents all Georgians, the exit ballot additionally contains in depth interviews with in-person early voters, in addition to a phone survey.
Stephanie Perry is the supervisor of polling at NBC News.
Mara Haeger is an elections specialist at NBC News.