Democrats woke up elated Wednesday after four agonizing years under Donald Trump and were on the verge of taking control of the United States Senate.
In closely controlled runoffs in Georgia, Democrats appear on the verge of scoring two spectacular victories over incumbent Republican senators.
The senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Martin Luther King once preached, Raphael Warnock, won his race against Kelly Loeffler.
Jon Ossoff led David Perdue, his Republican rival, narrowly in the second race, by around 17,000 votes on Wednesday morning and claimed victory.
It’s a moment full of historical meaning. The 51-year-old Warnock, who was born when two segregationist senators served Georgia, became the first black Democratic senator ever elected from the South and the first black senator ever elected from Georgia.
“The 82-year-old hands that used to pick someone else’s cotton went to the polls and elected their youngest son as a United States senator,”The 82-year-old hands that used to pick someone else’s cotton went to the polls and chose their youngest son as a senator for the United States.
For Democrats, the importance of his win went beyond the race. On the same day, the U.S. Congress was expected to formally accept the victory of Joe Biden in the presidential race – the last formal hurdle before his inauguration on Jan. 20 as the 46th president of America. Chairman of America. Although some Republicans were prepared to reject the vote, the numbers needed to override those objections were already available to Democrats.
Soul-searching is likely to occur as to whether Trump’s inability to admit defeat in the November presidential race and his continuing efforts to reverse the election outcome have affected the party’s reputation with moderate Republicans.
If his race is kept as anticipated by Ossoff, the U.S. The Senate will be divided 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans.
But the Democrats are going to dominate the chamber because Kamala Harris, the vice president, is going to cast a decisive vote.
Senate Democratic control would give the party total control of the U.S. Congress and massively broaden the possibilities that Biden will accomplish in his presidency over the next four years.
Democrats would have the ability, among other items, to pass laws to significantly extend voting rights and protect the environment.
How ambitious they will be with their slim majority remains uncertain.
In a statement Wednesday morning, Biden congratulated Ossoff and Warnock but also vowed to collaborate with both parties.
“Georgia’s voters sent a resounding message yesterday: They want action on the crises we face, and they want it now. On Covid-19, on economic relief, on climate, on racial justice, on voting rights and so much more,” “They want us to move, but they want us to move together.”
Just two months after Biden became the first Democratic presidential nominee to win there in nearly three decades, the results in Georgia solidify the remarkable transformation that has transformed the state from a Republican stronghold in the South into a diverse and increasingly progressive state. When minority voters make up an increasingly large share of the electorate, the transition comes.
Organizers, led by Democrat Stacey Abrams, have registered and mobilized those voters for nearly a decade to turn the changing electorate into a political power.
“Once again, the nation is realizing what we’ve always known: Georgia is a battleground state thanks to the tireless work of investing in and engaging voters of color,” said Nsé Ufot, executive director of the New Georgia Project, launched by Abrams in 2014 and working to register and organize new voters. “We are undoing a history of voter suppression and injustice in black and brown communities.”
Voters were also cheering at polling locations Tuesday because they knew their votes could change the country.
Everyone’s really excited. Particularly because Georgia isn’t really a state where people feel like when they vote blue they’re heard – until now,”Everybody is really excited. Especially because Georgia isn’t really a state where people feel like they’re being heard when they vote blue – until now,”
The significance of the two runoff elections in the Georgia Senate is underlined by the fact that more than 4 million Georgians cast ballots in the two races, exceeding the number of votes cast during the 2016 presidential race in the state.