The first of two Georgia Senate seats has been decided with Democrat Raphael Warnock defeating Sen. Kelly Loeffler. With 98% of the precincts reporting, Warnock has a little over a 50,000 vote lead from the roughly 4.5 million votes cast.
A pastor at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once preached, Warnock becomes the first black man elected to represent Georgia in the Senate.
In a virtual address to supporters, Warnock said, “Georgia, I am honored by the faith that you have shown in me, and I promise you this tonight, I am going to the Senate to work for all of Georgia, no matter who you cast your vote for in this election.”
Donald Trump weighed in on the Democrats’ strong showings in Georgia, tweeting “They just happened to find 50,000 ballots late last night. The USA is embarrassed by fools. Our Election Process is worse than that of third world countries!”
Kelly Loeffler, meanwhile, has not conceded the race. In a speech on Tuesday night, Loeffler said, “We got some work to do here. This is a game of inches. We’re going to win this election. We’re going to save this country,” Loeffler said.
Loeffler is co-owner of the WNBA team in Atlanta, The Dream. On Wednesday morning, LeBron James chimed in on her election loss by tweeting that he wants to take the WNBA team from her as well. “Think I’m gone put together an ownership group for The Dream. Whose in? #BlackVotesMatter,” James said.
With Warnock’s narrow victory, the Democrats inch closer to seizing back control of the Senate, which is looking good for Democrats as Jon Ossoff currently has a 15,000 vote lead with 98% of the precincts reporting.