Raphael Warnock Elected as Georgia's First Black U.S. Senator in Epic Runoff
For the last couple of weeks, the country's eyes have been focused on Georgia and its U.S. Senate runoff election that determines who will control the Senate. Georgia shocked everyone when it turned blue during the 2020 Presidential Elections that put John Biden in The White House.
And the great state of Georgia has done it again by electing Raphael Warnock, 51, senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Chruch, to the U.S. Senate. Warnock also makes history as the first Black person in Georgia to be elected to the U.S. Senate.
He's also the first Black Democrat in the south elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Georgia Democrat elected in 20 years.
"I am an iteration and an example of the American dream," the senator-elect told CNN's John Berman Wednesday morning on "New Day." He added, "When I think about the arc of our history, what Georgia did last night is its own message in the midst of a moment in which so many people are trying to divide our country, at a time we can least afford to be divided."
A Savannah, GA native and Morehouse College alumni, Warnock was able to beat out his opponent, Kelly Loeffler, despite the vicious television advertisements that called him a radical, a traitor to America, and an enemy to the United States' armed forces.
His victory was made possible by Stacey Abrams, who worked tirelessly after her failed attempt to win the 2019 Georiga Governor's Election to remedy voter suppression in Georiga and turn the state from red to blue.
These efforts helped Biden with his 2020 Presidential Election.
Warnock's historic win makes him the eleventh Black person to serve in the U.S. Senate with Republican Hiram Revels of Mississippi was the first African American senator, in 1870.
Current Black U.S. Senators include Republican Tim Scott of South Carolina and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris of California until she takes office alongside Biden later on this month.