WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, after Rev. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) was declared the winner of his U.S. Senate race in Georgia by the Associated Press and Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff increased his lead to over 17,500 votes in a race that has yet to be officially called, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) issued the following statement:

“I look forward to welcoming my new colleagues to the United States Senate.

“The outcome of this election was not dictated to the citizens of Georgia, it was decided by their votes.

“Reverend Warnock won his race with an inspiring message of hope and hard work and Jon Ossoff built strong, diverse coalitions.  When the people of Georgia send us their duly elected U.S. Senators we will have new energy in the effort to help combat COVID-19 and make our nation a healthier, more prosperous place for all Americans.

“The number one issue and challenge remains COVID-19.  The outgoing Administration failed to tackle the pandemic with the urgency it demands.  The new Congress and incoming Biden Administration will rally together to effectively boost vaccine distribution and deliver COVID-19 relief to help struggling families, businesses, and communities.

“We can’t let divisive, corrosive forces hold America back and undermine our democracy.  Our nation will move forward together.  With strong, steady leadership and partnerships, at the federal, state, and local level, we will overcome COVID-19 and build a brighter, healthier future.

“Election season is over.  Now it is time to deliver the change and progress the American people voted for.”