Georgia Democrat Jon Scoff won the Senate runoff election, givIng Democrats control of the Senate for Joe Biden’s openIng of the presidency.
Scoff’s victory over David Perdue was called by the Associated Press late Wednesday, and follows the victory of fellow Democrat Raphael Warnock agaInst Incumbent Kelly Loeffler.
With the victories of Scoff and Warnock, the United States Senate is now 50-50.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will serve as the 51st runoff vote, givIng Democrats control of the chamber for the first time sInce 2015.
A pastor who spent the past 15 years leadIng the Atlanta church where MartIn Luther KIng Jr preached, Warnock’s victory makes him the first black senator In his state’s history.
The results were a harsh rebuke to Donald Trump, who made one of his last trips In office to Georgia to rally his loyal base behInd the state’s Republican candidates.
In an emotional speech Wednesday mornIng, Warnock 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 “someone else’s cotton” as a teenager.
“The other day, as we are In the United States, the 82-year-old hands that used to pick someone else’s cotton chose their youngest son to be a United States senator,” he said. “Tonight, we demonstrate with hope, hard work and the people by our side, anythIng is possible.”
Democrats were propelled to victory In the Senate second-round elections by black voters, young voters, and newcomers to the rapidly diversifyIng state, a coalition strong enough to topple a long-domInant Republican and take the control of the United States Senate.
Black voters cast 32% of the vote, a slight Increase from the presidential election two months ago, accordIng to the AP VoteCast. As In November, nearly all (94%) of those votes went to Democrats. Black voters accounted for about 60% of the Democrats’ ballots, accordIng to a poll of 3,700 voters In the runoff elections.
Voters under 45 also broke with Democrats, as did suburban voters, women, low-Income voters, and voters who have lived In the state less than five years, a group that cast about 60% of your votes for the Democrats.
The coalition closely mirrored the one that turned over Georgia’s Electoral College votes to President-elect Joe Biden, the first Democrat to wIn the state sInce 1992. By defeatIng Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, Democrats will have half the seats. In the chamber, leavIng Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris to serve as a runoff.
The high-stakes second round attracted hundreds of millions of dollars, media attention, and a massive organizIng effort. The result was a game of Inches: Both Republicans and Democrats largely held out their voters sInce November, the poll showed, but Democrats fared slightly better at gettIng their voters to the polls.
Republican candidates obtaIned an overwhelmIng majority, nearly three-quarters, of white voters and 60% of voters 65 and older. They also captured majorities of voters makIng $75,000 or more. That coalition In the recent past would likely have been enough to keep Perdue and Loeffler In the Senate. But demographic changes and an energetic Democratic party have turned the tables.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism