Democrat Raphael Warnock won one of two runoff elections in the Georgia Senate on Wednesday, became the first black Senator in his state’s history, and established the U.S. Senate majority within reach of the party

A pastor who has led the Atlanta Church for the past 15 years in which Martin Luther King Jr Warnock defeated Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler It was a stinging reprimand for outgoing President Donald Trump, who made one of his final visits to Georgia to build his loyal base behind Loeffler and the Republican running for the other seat, David Perdue / p>

The focus now shifts to the second race between Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff This competition was too early to be called as votes were still being counted

There were still a few postal ballot papers and early personal votes that had to be counted nationwide, most of which are in democratic counties. p>

If Ossoff wins, the Democrats will have complete control of Congress, adding to the standing of President-elect Joe Biden as he prepares for office on January 20

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So one of the two runoff races in the Georgia Senate is too early to call

Warnock’s victory symbolizes a remarkable change in Georgian politics as the growing number of diverse college-educated voters unfold their power in the heart of the deep south. It follows Biden’s victory in November when he was the first Democratic presidential candidate since 1992 who led the state

Warnock, 51, confirmed his unlikely victory in a message to supporters early Wednesday, citing his family’s experience of poverty.His mother, said he used to pick someone else’s cotton as a teenager,

“The other day, because this is America, the 82-year-old hands who used to pick someone else’s cotton picked their youngest son to be a United States Senator,” he said. “Tonight we have hope, hard work and proved to the people by our side that anything is possible ”

The Associated Press named Warnock the winner after an analysis of the pending votes found Loeffler was unable to catch up with his leadership. Warnock’s lead is likely to increase as more ballots are counted, many of which were in democratic areas >

“We have something to do here. This is a customs game. We will win this election,” said Loeffler, a 50-year-old former businesswoman who was appointed to the Senate by the state governor less than a year ago

Loeffler, who remains a Senator in Georgia until Tuesday’s election results close, said she will return to Washington Wednesday morning to join a small group of senators who want to challenge the Congressional vote to confirm Biden’s victory

“We will continue to fight for you,” said Loeffler “This is about protecting the American dream”

In the other runoff elections in Georgia, Perdue, a 71-year-old former executive who held his seat in the Senate until his term expired on Sunday, ran against Ossoff, a former congressional assistant and journalist At just 33 years old, Ossoff would be the youngest Member of the Senate

Trump’s false claims of electoral fraud cast a dark shadow over the runoff elections, which were held only because no candidate reached the 50% threshold in the general election.He attacked the state election officer on the eve of the election, voicing the prospect that some votes might not be counted even if votes were cast on Tuesday afternoon

This week’s elections mark the official finale of the tumultuous 2020 election season, more than two months after the rest of the nation dropped out of the unusually high stakes, turning Georgia, once a solidly republican state, into one of the nation’s main battlefields for the final days of Trump’s presidency – and probably beyond

Both competitions tested whether the political coalition that fueled Biden’s November victory was an anti-Trump anomaly or part of a new electoral landscape. To win Tuesday and future elections, the Democrats needed strong support the African American

Due to its popularity with black voters, Biden won the 16 votes of Georgia with around 12, among other things000 of 5 million votes cast in November

Trump’s claims of election fraud in the 2020 elections, while unfounded, were well received by Republican voters in Georgia, with approximately 7 out of 10 agreeing with his false claim that Biden was beating Biden, according to AP VoteCast, a poll of more than 3600 voters in the runoff election, not the legitimately elected president was

Election officials across the country, including Republican governors in Arizona and Georgia, as well as Trump’s former Attorney General William Barr, have confirmed that there was no widespread fraud in the November election, and almost all legal challenges from Trump and his allies were from Judges dismissed, including two thrown from the Supreme Court where three Trump-nominated justices are presiding
Despite Trump’s claims, voters from both parties were drawn to the elections because of the high stakes AP VoteCast found that 6 out of 10 Georgia voters say Senate Party’s control is the most important factor in their vote

Even before Tuesday, Georgia broke its turnout record for a runoff election with more than 3 million votes by post or in personal pre-votes in December, including the vote on Tuesday, in the end more people cast ballots in the runoff elections than in the 2016 presidential election in Georgia / p>

In Atlanta, Buckhead, 37-year-old Kari Callaghan said she voted All Democrat on Tuesday, an experience new to her

“I’ve always been a Republican, but Trump and the way the Republicans work made me pretty disgusted,” she said. “I feel like the Republican candidates are still with Trump and the campaign pretty lazy with Trump These aren’t the conservative values ​​I grew up with ”

He said he was concerned about the recent support from Republican candidates for Trump’s challenges in the Georgia presidential election results, “but it didn’t really change the reasons I voted””

“I believe in balance of power and I basically don’t want any party to hold a referendum,” he said

People reported from New York Bynum reported from Savannah, Ga. Associate press writers Haleluya Hadero, Angie Wang, Sophia Tulp, Ben Nadler and Kate Brumback in Atlanta contributed to this report

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