The Associated Press reports:
Democrat Raphael Warnock won one of Georgia’s two Senate runoffs Wednesday, becoming the first Black senator in his state’s history and putting the Senate majority within the party’s reach. A pastor who spent the past 15 years leading the Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached, Warnock defeated Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler.
It was a stinging rebuke of outgoing President Donald Trump, who made one of his final trips in office to Georgia to rally his loyal base behind Loeffler and the Republican running for the other seat, David Perdue.
The focus now shifts to the second race between Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff. That contest was too early to call as votes were still being counted.
Democrats near majority as Warnock makes history with Senate win in Georgia; Congress set to confirm Biden’s electoral win over Trump https://t.co/yUbUHqa7Hq
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) January 6, 2021
BREAKING: 156 years after Gen. William Sherman entered Savannah, triggering the end of the Civil War, Rev. Raphael Warnock, a son of Savannah, wins the Georgia Special Election Runoff, becoming the eleventh Black U.S. Senator & the first from Georgia https://t.co/XQahY8RCtE
— Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) January 6, 2021
New: First Martha McSally. Now Kelly Loeffler. The GOP strategy to appoint women to Senate seats, on the hope that they could hold the Trump base and appeal to suburbanites fleeing the party, has flopped.
And it could cost them Senate control.https://t.co/b9SBxdMDGw
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) January 6, 2021