Sullivan wins Alaska, Senate battle down to Georgia

Control of the Senate will now officially be determined by two January runoff elections in Georgia. That’s after Republican Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska won re-election Wednesday.

Sullivan defeated Al Gross - an independent who ran as a Democrat - in a race that some analysts had seen as an opportunity for Democrats to overtake a Republican Senate seat.

But the race was called, Wednesday, with Sullivan leading Gross by 20 percentage points.

Republicans now have 50 Senate seats... and are looking to add more.

All eyes are now on the upcoming showdown in Georgia… where Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler face challenges from Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, respectively.

On Wednesday - Republicans kicked off an intense campaign for their Georgia runoff candidates, with Florida Senator Marco Rubio rallying supporters.

If Republicans win either race, they will keep their majority in the Senate... giving them power to block most of President-elect Joe Biden's policy priorities.

Georgia is traditionally Republican-leaning, but Biden holds a slim lead in the state.

Democrats would need to win both Georgia races to gain 50 seats in the Senate, which would give Vice President-elect Kamala Harris the 51st tie-breaking vote.

Video Transcript

- Control of the Senate will now officially be determined by two January runoff elections in Georgia. That's after Republican Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska won re-election Wednesday. Sullivan defeated Al Gross, an independent who ran as a Democrat, in a race that some analysts had seen as an opportunity for Democrats to overtake a Republican Senate seat. But the race was called Wednesday, with Sullivan leading Gross by 20 percentage points. Republicans now have 50 Senate seats and are looking to add more. All eyes are now on the upcoming showdown in Georgia, where Republican senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler face challenges from Democrats John Ossoff and Rafael Warnock respectively.

KELLY LOEFFLER: Everything's at stake in this election.

- On Wednesday, Republicans kicked off an intense campaign for their Georgia runoff candidates, with Florida Senator Marco Rubio rallying supporters. If Republicans win either race, they will keep their majority in the Senate, giving them power to block most of President-elect Joe Biden's policy priorities. Georgia is traditionally Republican leaning, but Biden holds a slim lead in the states. Democrats would need to win both Georgia races to gain a 50 seats in the Senate, which would give Vice President-elect Kamala Harris the 51st tie-breaking vote.