Today, Georgia decided the future of America. And she chose blue.

Today, Georgia decided the future of America. And she chose blue.

Side by side photos of Ossoff and Warnock

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Georgia made history today.

Democrat Raphael Warnock became the first Black Senator to represent the state, beating incumbent Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler. Another record was forged by Jon Ossoff, who unseated the Republican Senator David Perdue. At just 33 years old, Jon Ossoff will be the youngest Democratic Senator to take a seat since Joe Biden’s win in 1973.

America’s nerves were on edge for the Senate run-off election in Georgia, which remained neck-to-neck right until the final stretch. Both Democrats won by narrow margins, Warnock unseated Kelly Loeffler by a margin of just 0.6%.

‘A proud American, and a son of Georgia’

Georgia Senate candidate, the Rev. Dr Raphael Warnock gets ready for the Georgia election runoff.

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Warnock gave a rousing victory speech in which he thanked his voters, saying he came before them as a “proud American, and as a son of Georgia.” He alluded to his parents, his late father was a pastor and veteran, and his mother who as a teenager grew up in Waycross, Georgia, where she “used to pick somebody else’s cotton.”

He moved many listeners to tears as he added, “Because this is America, the 82-year-old hands that used to pick somebody else’s cotton went to the polls and picked her youngest son to be a United States Senator.”

Warnock, himself a Reverand at the Ebenezar Baptist Church in Atlanta, promised he would go to the Senate to work for all of Georgia. He ended his speech with words of hope:

It’s dark right now. But morning comes and Scripture tells us that weeping may endure for the night, the joy comes in the morning. Let us rise up. Greet the morning and meet the challenges of this moment. Together we can do the necessary work and win the future for all of our children.

Let’s rush economic relief to the American people

Jon Ossoff waving to the crowd

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Once an investigative journalist, Jon Ossoff will be the youngest Democrat in the Senate since Biden’s win in the 70s. In 2017, he ran for Congress in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, but lost to Republican Karen Handel. Today, he defeated Republican David Perdue on a knife-edge margin.

Many predicted Perdue would hold his seat, and the fact both Democrats unseated their Republican opponents reflects an important shift in the partisan geography of the nation.

Ossoff thanked the people of Georgia for their “confidence and trust,” and called for unity to “beat this virus and rush economic relief to the people of our state, and to the American people.”

Biden holds the reins to the Senate

Joe Biden

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The victory of these two men is historic and will shape America’s future. With both seats won, Democrats have now regained control of the Senate. With a Democrat House of Representatives and Senate, Biden will be unimpeded by unsurmountable Republican roadblocks in his first term.

During the inauguration on the 20th of January, Joe Biden Jr. will become the 46th President of the United States. With Democrats holding the reins of legislative power and the purse strings, Biden will be able to pass more economic stimulus to the millions of Americans struggling from the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic and job losses.

Georgia will chart the course for the next generation

Stacey Abrams says keep calm and vote on.talks to voters in Georgia.

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As Biden put it at a rally to support Ossoff and Warnock:

The power is literally in your hands. Unlike any time in my career, one state can chart the course — not just for the next four years, but for the next generation.

Republicans and Democrats now have 50 seats each in the Senate. As the incoming Vice-President, Kamala Harris will have the critical tie-breaker vote for a simple majority. For votes that need a supermajority, consensus between the parties will still be required.

Of course, passing bills through a 50-50 Senate will present difficulties for both parties, but at a moment where partisanship is at an all-time high in the nation, this could present an opportunity for dialogue and better relations between the Republicans and Democrats.

Democrats will now have the final say on Biden’s Cabinet choices and his picks for the federal judiciary and the U.S. Supreme Court which bills are presented to the Senate floor. Finally, and crucially, thanks to Warnock and Ossoff, it will be the Democrats — and not Mitch McConnell — who decide which bills come to the Senate floor.

Today will go down in the history of the United States of America, and Georgia has played a key role in shaping the future of the nation.

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