Raphael Warnock projected to become Georgia’s first Black U.S. senator with victory!
Raphael Warnock, a reverend who grew up in public housing in Savannah and rose to occupy the pulpit that once belonged to Martin Luther King, Jr., will become the first Black U.S. senator from Georgia with a projected victory early Wednesday morning.
With counting done for the night and some outstanding votes remaining, Warnock held his lead over Sen. Kelly Loeffler, which was just enough for the Associated Press, NBC and other major news organizations to project him the winner.
Democrats Win the Senate as Ossoff Defeats Perdue
Democrats took control of the Senate on Wednesday with a pair of historic victories in Georgia’s runoff elections, assuring slim majorities in both chambers of Congress for President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and delivering an emphatic, final rebuke to President Trump in his last days in office.
The Rev. Raphael Warnock defeated Senator Kelly Loeffler, becoming the first Black Democrat elected to the Senate from the South. And Jon Ossoff, the 33-year-old head of a video production company who has never held public office, defeated David Perdue, who
recently completed his first full term as senator.
Both Democrats now lead their defeated Republican opponents by margins that are larger than the threshold required to trigger a recount under Georgia law.
The Democrats’ twin victories will reshape the balance of power in Washington. Though they will have the thinnest of advantages in the House and Senate, where Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will break 50-50 ties, Democrats will control the committees and the legislation and nominations brought to the floor. That advantage will pave the way for at least some elements of Mr. Biden’s agenda.