Georgia Senate seat for Democrat Raphael Warnock
The Associated Press reported that Democrat Raphael Warnock won the decisive round of the election to fill a seat in the Senate from the US state of Georgia. This gives the Democrats a 51-seat majority in the Senate, compared to the Republicans’ 49.
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Incumbent Sen. Warnock beat Republican Herschel Walker, a former NFL player who was emphatically supported by Donald Trump, in the second round. In last month’s midterm congressional elections, none of the candidates managed to win a majority. Now, according to the Associated Press, Black Reverend Warnock stands at 50.9 percent to Walker’s 49.1 percent after 96 percent of the ballots were counted.
The 51st seat gives Democrats President Joe Biden more room to implement his plans. At 50-50, Vice President Kamala Harris’ vote should have been the deciding factor, and Democrats can’t afford a single sleeper in the Senate.
Commenting on his victory, Warnock told supporters that it was an “honour” to utter “the four most powerful words of democracy”: “The people have spoken.” In his victory speech, the pastor also thanked his mother, who he said grew up in 1950s Georgia “while picking someone’s cotton.” Tonight she helped her youngest son become a United States Senator.
Georgia people in the run up water runoff Political ads flooded. According to the non-profit organization OpenSecrets, the two parties together spent a total of $401 million during the campaign, the equivalent of €383 million. Walker discredited her in the run-up to the election for allegedly paying to have two ex-girlfriends get abortions, while presenting himself as staunchly anti-abortion.
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