Democrats took control of the Senate on Wednesday by winning both races in Georgia’s second round, an electoral repudiation by President Trump that will give the incoming Democratic administration greater political leeway even as the victory has been temporarily overshadowed by the violent Trump supporters who stormed the United States Capitol. the name of the evicted holder.
The election of Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff was a political triumph for the Democratic Party in a state that has blocked it for decades. It was also a jarring split-screen encapsulation of the policies of progress and grievances that defined Mr. Trump’s administration and the changing country he has sworn to serve.
On the same day Georgia elected Mr. Ossoff, a 33-year-old Jewish documentary maker, and Mr. Warnock, a 51-year-old pastor who would become the state’s first black senator, an almost all-white crowd of aggrieved Trump . partisans, some carrying Confederate flags, descended on Washington to challenge political reality.
Mr Warnock’s Twitter feed showed how quickly the mood of Democrats has changed. At 1:55 p.m. EST, he wire rack his victory by thanking Georgian voters, saying he was “forever grateful”. In two hours it was quoting another pastor from Ebenezer Baptist Church – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – with a message of solidarity in the face of hatred and bigotry.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do it,” Mr Warnock wrote. “Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can.” He added, in his own words: “May each of us try to be a light to see our country come out of this dark moment.”
Georgia has not sent a Democrat to the Senate for two decades, and the party has succeeded this year by focusing heavily on voter registration and turnout, especially in suburban counties and Atlanta and Savannah. . It was a strategy devised in part by Stacey Abrams, a former state House leader and gubernatorial candidate, who focused on tackling voter suppression in the state.