January 17, 2021
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Warnock Beats Loeffler In Senate Race: ‘I Am Going To The Senate To Work For All Of Georgia’

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Topline

Democrat Raphael Warnock has defeated Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler in a historic Senate runoff race that gives Georgia’s its first-ever Black Senator and, along with the race currently tied between Jon Ossoff and Sen. David Perdue, could put Democrats in a position to take control of the Senate.

Georgia Democratic Senate Candidate Raphael Warnock Campaigns On Election Day

Georgia Democratic candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock speaks at his Labor Canvass Launch at IBEW Local … [+] 613 on January 05, 2021 in Marietta, Georgia.

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Key Facts

Warnock won the tight race by one point, 50.5% to 49.5%, according to the Associated Press.

In speech given a few hours before the race was officially called, Warnock promised to work hard in the Senate for all Georgians regardless of who they voted for, adding that “we were told that we couldn’t win this election, but tonight we proved that with hope, hard work, and the people by our side, anything is possible.”

Warnock’s win flips a historically Republican seat blue, a testament to Georgia’s shifting demographics, as well as the power of a massive get-out-the-vote effort in communities that contributed to high Black turnout.

Warnock will be Georgia’s first Black Senator, and one of only three Black lawmakers in the Senate.

If Ossoff, a Democrat, also wins his runoff race against Republican Sen. Perdue, Democrats will control the Senate with Vice President Kamala Harris as a tie-breaker vote, along with control of the White House and House of Representatives.

Crucial Quote

“In this moment, Washington has a choice to make, in fact all of us have a choice to make: Will we continue to divide, distract, and dishonor one another or will we love one another as we love ourselves?” Warnock said.

Key Background

Warnock is a pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. preached and civil rights icon John Lewis worshipped. Throughout the race, Loeffler painted Warnock as a socialist or “radically liberal” while remaining loyal to President Donald Trump. She, along with Perdue, have both indulged Trump’s baseless election conspiracy theories, many of which were targeted at Georgia because it also flipped for Joe Biden in the presidential race.

Tangent

Ossoff’s team said in a statement early Wednesday morning that they “fully expect” that Ossoff will win the election when all the votes are counted. “The outstanding vote is squarely in parts of the state where Jon’s performance has been dominant,” the statement read.