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Democrat Raphael Warnock wins Georgia second round against Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler

ATLANTA – Georgia state elected its first black US senator: On Tuesday Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, defeated Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) in one of two state polls.

Warnock’s victory puts Democrats one seat to achieve a majority in the US Senate. If Jon Ossoff defeats Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) in the too close second round, the party will effectively control the chamber, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris serving as the deciding vote.

Longtime preacher at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the congregation once led by Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., Warnock was a familiar figure in Democratic circles in Georgia for years, known for his activism on healthcare, criminal justice and other questions. But he had never run for office before, and the 2020 campaign has become perhaps the most grueling test imaginable for a novice candidate.

Warnock spent most of the 2020 campaign preparing for a face-to-face face-to-face with Loeffler or former Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), as the two Republicans were locked in a bitter fight to ensure a place in the second round in January. As a result, he was not attacked for most of the year – which changed immediately after Loeffler edged Collins in the November 3 election.

Backed by hundreds of millions of dollars, Loeffler and his GOP allies have funded a full blitz of television attack announcements targeting Warnock. They copied footage from his many hours of preaching as a preacher at Ebenezer Baptist Church in an attempt to portray him as a far-left radical who admired Communist dictators and disparaged the military and police. In the heated final leg of the race, they used a March 2020 dispute between Warnock and his ex-wife to claim he was a domestic abuser.

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