ATLANTA - Georgia Democrat Raphael Warnock has won his Senate runoff election.
Warnock, who served as pastor for the same Atlanta church where slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. grew up and preached, becomes the first Black senator elected in Georgia.
The Tuesday victory gives Democrats a chance to seize control of the Senate for the opening of Democrat Joe Biden’s presidency.
Democrats need to win both of Georgia’s Senate runoff elections to claim the Senate majority.
Warnock defeated Republican incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler, a former businesswoman who was appointed to the Senate less than a year ago and had the strong support of outgoing President Donald Trump.
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia officials have begun counting the final votes of the nation's turbulent 2020 election season as polls closed in two critical races that will determine control of the U.S. Senate and, in turn, the fate of President-elect Joe Biden's legislative agenda.
The two Senate runoff elections on Tuesday are leftovers from the November general election, when none of the candidates hit the 50% threshold.
Democrats need to win both races to seize the Senate majority — and, with it, control of the new Congress when Biden takes office in two weeks. While voting was strong in some spots, state election officials reported light turnout early in the day.