BLACK VOTERS TURN GEORGIA BLUE: Warnock & Ossoff To Prevail; Senate Control Will Swing To Democrats

With a massive electoral turnout, Black voters led the way as Georgia–a former slave state, birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr., and home of some of the most brutal acts of civil rights oppression in U.S. history–flipped to blue, delivering Senate control to Democrats, and electing the state’s first Black U.S. Senator.

Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church where the late Martin Luther King, Jr. preached, was projected as the winner in his race against Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who was handpicked by Republican governor Brian Kemp to replace retiring Senator Johnny Isakson.

Loeffler, a reported billionaire who owns the New York Stock Exchange, bragged about holding a “100 pro-Trump voting record” during a campaign that eventually saw Joe Biden prevail in the November election.

Although most news networks have declined to confirm Jon Ossoff as the winner in his race against Republican Sen. David Perdue, another close Trump ally, Ossoff led Wednesday morning by a margin of about 17,000 votes–with thousands more votes left to count, but in heavily Black, Democratic areas in Atlanta, and its home county of Fulton, and neighboring Dekalb county, where Decatur is located.

Political watchers credit the work of former Georgia state Minority Leader Stacey Abrams for the wins: Abrams became the state’s primary voting rights organizer and advocate after she came up short in her 2018 race for governor against Kemp, who controversially was able to oversee his own election contest as then-Secretary Of State.

In that position, Kemp proceeded to purge hundreds of thousands of Georgia voters from the voter rolls, and still only ended up defeating Abrams by around 35,000 votes statewide.

Abrams reportedly turned down offers to join the Biden administration and she also declined to seek either Senate seat in a sign that she may be preparing for a rematch with the unpopular Kemp.

Democrats are now poised to retake control of the U.S. Senate–relegating Mitch McConnell to Minority Leader–and potentially pursuing additional Covid relief, justice system reform, and voting rights protections.

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