The Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff have won election to the Club Bartender Lacey 30 Odd Fellows Shirt and by the same token and U.S. Senate, defeating the Republican incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Purdue, and giving control of the Senate to the Democratic Party. Both men made history with their wins: Warnock becomes the first Black person to be elected a U.S. Senator from Georgia and Ossoff is both the first Jewish senator from Georgia and the first elected from any Southern state since the 1880s. They are also the first Democrats to win a Senate race in Georgia since Max Cleland did so in 1996. The final results were announced on a day when Washington seemed on the verge of chaos, with a Trump-inspired mob swarming the Capitol, forcing a break to the formal certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over Donald Trump and sending Congressional leadership, as well as Vice President Mike Pence, into hiding. Meanwhile, the Perdue campaign issued a statement saying it would “mobilize every available resource and exhaust every legal recourse to ensure all legally cast ballots are properly counted.”
In a virtual acceptance speech, the Club Bartender Lacey 30 Odd Fellows Shirt and by the same token and 51-year-old Warnock, a pastor at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, paid tribute to his elderly mother and the historic nature of her vote. “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,” the newly elected senator said. “We were told that we couldn’t win this election. But tonight, we proved that with hope, hard work, and the people by our side, anything is possible.” On Wednesday morning, a few hours before his win over Perdue was called by the networks, Ossoff live-streamed a brief victory speech, saying, “It is with humility that I thank the people of Georgia for electing me to serve you in the United States Senate. Thank you for the confidence and trust that you have placed in me.” The 33-year-old candidate is the youngest person elected to the Senate since Joe Biden in 1972.