Raphael Warnock is the first black man the state of Georgia sends to the United States Senate. (Sue Dorfman)
The black preacher of the Ebenezer Baptist Church Martin Luther King wrestles with his emotions as he reflects on what happened on election night. In a video message, Raphael Warnock talks about his life, which began as the eleventh of twelve children in a social housing in Savannah and made him one of the most powerful politicians in the United States with his election to the US Senate. The first African American to enter the Senate for the South Democrats illustrates the historic dimension of his victory with the experience of his mother, Verlene. “The 82-year-old hands who once picked the cotton elected their youngest son as a US Senator.” Like more than 2.23 million other citizens of the former stronghold of the Republicans.
That was more than enough votes to beat billionaire Kelly Loeffler. The AP news agency announced Warnock shortly after 2 a.m. with a lead of more than 50,000 votes, or 1.2 percent, as the winner of the runoff election against Donald Trump’s follower. Loeffler started with the promise to contest Joe Biden’s election victory in Congress. In the opinion of analysts, the counting of the remaining votes in Georgia, which, according to TV stations and news agencies, will bring the Democrats a double victory, is much more politically momentous than the show in Congress staged by Trump.
The 33-year-old Democrat Jon Ossoff was also able to expand his lead to more than 24,000 votes over the Republican incumbent David Perdue. Most of the remaining votes come from Democratic strongholds. The longtime employee of the late civil rights icon John Lewis would be the first Jewish senator from the south since 1880.
Warnock and Ossoff both campaigned with a promise to give President-elect Joe Biden a majority in the Senate. In a 50:50 Senate split, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has the role of ensuring a majority with her vote.
The Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell loses his power to the Democrat Chuck Schumer. The Democrats get control of the agenda and could pass laws.
Biden had emphasized the importance of the outcome on the eve of the Georgia runoff elections. “A state can change course not just for the next four years, but an entire generation.” The Democrats owe their victory once again to the record mobilization within the African American population, which makes up one in three voters in Georgia.
Trump did his best to split the Republican Party in Georgia by making false claims about alleged election fraud. The Republican responsible for the security of the electoral system, Gabriel Sterling, said on election night that the president was responsible for the defeat of his party. This is the consequence “when you tell people that their voice is not worth anything that it is stolen and people believe that”.