Democrat Raphael Warnock won one of the two Georgian Senate runoff on Wednesday became the first black senator in his country’s history and placed the majority of the Senate in the range of the party.
A pastor who spent the last 15 years led the Atlanta Church where Martin Luther King Jr. Preach, Warnock defeated Republican Incumbent Kelly Loeffler. It was a stinging of the president out of Donald Trump, who made one of his last trips in the office to Georgia to move his faithful basis behind the country’s Republican candidate.
In an emotional address early Wednesday, he vowed to work for all Georgians whether they voted for him or not, citing his personal experience with the American dream. His mother, he said, used to pick “somebody else’s cotton” as a teenager.
“The other day, because this is America, the 82-year-old hands that used to pick somebody else’s cotton picked her youngest son to be a United States senator,” he said. “Tonight, we proved with hope, hard work and the people by our side, anything is possible.”
His victory marks a “reversal of the old southern strategy that sought to divide people,” Warnock told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
The Associated Press declared Warnock the winner after an analysis of outstanding votes showed there was no way for Loeffler to catch up to his lead. Warnock’s edge is likely to grow as more ballots are counted, many of which were in Democratic-leaning areas.