Democrat Raphael Warnock defeated Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler in their tight Georgia runoff race on Tuesday night. Democrat Jon Ossoff also defeated Sen. David Perdue. The 50-50 tie in Congress’s upper chamber means Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will now serve as a tie-breaking vote.
Warnock has pastored Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta for the past 15 years and previously pastored churches in New York and Maryland. Ebenezer is the same church where Martin Luther King Sr. served as pastor for 40 years and where his son, Martin Luther King Jr., served before leading the civil rights movement.
Warnock thanked Georgia and said, “May my story be an inspiration to some young person who is trying to grasp and grab hold of the American dream.”
He also shared that he was the son of a pastor, a veteran and a small businessman and my mother who, as a teenager growing up in Waycross, Georgia, used to pick somebody’s else’s cotton.
“But the other day, because this is America, the 82-year-old hands that used to pick somebody else’s cotton went to the polls and picked her youngest son to be a United States Senator…So, I stand before you as a man who knows that the improbable journey that led me to this place in this historic moment in America could only happen here.
We were told 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 will aid in President-elect Joe Biden’s agenda in both the House and Senate. However if Perdue wins, the Republicans could put a wrench in those plans.
President Donald Trump reacted to the news on Twitter.
“Reports are coming out of the 12th Congressional District of Georgia that Dominion Machines are not working in certain Republican Strongholds for over an hour. Ballots are being left in lock boxes, hopefully they count them,” he wrote on Twitter.
Loeffler said she will not concede. She told supporters early on Wednesday morning, “Every legal vote will be counted and I’m not going to stop working. So I’m asking for every single Georgian, every single American: stay in the fight with us. We are going to keep fighting for you.”
Article was updated.