Rev. Raphael Warnock Declared Winner in Georgia Senate Runoff

Rev. Raphael Warnock Declared Winner in Senate Runoff, Becomes First Black Senator From Georgia

Rev. Raphael Warnock
Reverend Raphael Warnock (Image: Screenshot)

The Associated Press announced that Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock has beaten Republican incumbent Senator Kelly Loeffler to become the first Black senator in Georgia’s history. His victory places the Democrats closer to having the majority in the Senate.

Warnock’s victory symbolizes the shift from a Republican stalwart in the Peach State following the victory of President-Elect Joe Biden in the general election in November. Before Biden, a Democratic presidential candidate hadn’t won Georgia since 1992.

“I come before you tonight 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,” Warnock said in a speech early Wednesday morning, according to CNBC. “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.”

Warnock, the senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church, defeated Loeffler, who had been appointed to temporarily fill the seat she currently occupies after former Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson retired early.

Warnock is the first Black senator elected from Georgia and the first Democratic Black senator elected from the South. He will join two other Black senators in Congress and will be the 11th Black senator to serve.

Following in the footsteps of outgoing President Donald Trump, Loeffler has refused to concede.

“We’ve got some work to do here. This is a game of inches. We’re going to win this election,” said Loeffler, a 50-year-old former businesswoman who is also co-owner of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream.