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Senator Raphael Warnock made history this week by becoming the first Black senator from Georgia to win a full six-year term. Warnock’s defeat of Republican challenger Herschel Walker means that the Democrats will control 51 seats to the GOP’s 49. The victory also means that Democrats have defeated every GOP Senate and gubernatorial contender endorsed by Donald Trump this year in the five states that flipped from backing him in 2016. These five states are; Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia and Arizona.
Democrats scrambled to celebrate Warnock’s win on Twitter.
“Once again, Georgians have proven that when it comes time to vote, they’ll show up and vote for a leader who will fight for them. Congratulations, @ReverendWarnock,” former president Barack Obama tweeted.
Stacey Abrams also tweeted a message of support to the reverend: “Congratulations to my friend @ReverendWarnock on his re-election to the U.S. Senate, and a special thank you to Georgia voters and organizers who worked tirelessly to make this victory possible,” she wrote.
“I am Georgia,” Warnock told his crowd of supporters on Tuesday night. “I am an example and an iteration of its history, of its peril and promise, of the brutality and the possibilities. But because this is America because we always have a path to make our country greater against unspeakable odds, here we stand together,” he continued, adding, “The people have spoken.”