Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock has won the second round of midterm legislative elections in the state of Georgia in the United States over his Republican rival and former American football player Herschel Walker.
Warnock—with 50.7 percent of the vote—received 1.4 percent more votes than his opponent this Tuesday, reaching 49.3 percent. However, in the first round, held on 8 November, Warnock edged out Walker by only nine-tenths, neither breaking the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid the runoff.
Senator Warnock’s victory gave Democrats an absolute majority in the Senate, with 51 seats to Republicans’ 49, after two years in a tied division that required Vice President Kamala Harris, Speaker of the House, Alta., to also cast the tie-breaking Was lying. vote.
This additional seat allows Democrats to hold a majority in each committee – making it possible to speed up legislative processes – they will have more power to issue subpoenas for investigations, and may fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court , where he does not have a majority, reports CNN…
US President Joe Biden congratulated Warnock in a Twitter message highlighting the failure of Trumpism, accompanied by a photo from the time.
Biden said, “I called Warnock to congratulate him on his victory. Tonight, Georgia voters stood up for our democracy, rejected ultra magnanimity, and most importantly elected a good man to the Senate.” Sent back in. It’s for six years.”
The Vice President of the country has also congratulated the senator after knowing the results. Harris wrote on her Twitter profile, “Georgia voters said they wanted a senator who fought for them, and they did when they re-elected Warnock to the United States Senate. Congratulations my friend.” “
According to CBS, more than 1.8 million people have voted at the start of the second round, breaking previous participation records. The anticipated high turnout in this round has been in Democratic-leaning counties around Atlanta.
Warnock was one of the weakest Democratic senators in the polls, but Walker proved to be a weak candidate, with inaccuracies and contradictions, such as rejecting abortion despite the fact that he paid for an abortion to an ex-girlfriend or unconditionally endorsing Donald Trump. did. ,
Georgia established itself as one of the most competitive states in the 2020 presidential election. Warnock also failed to reach 50 percent in the first round in 2020, so he faced a re-election on a special election day two months after the ‘mid-terms’.
Warnock thanked his voters
The Democratic nominee, who is re-elected, thanked his voters, celebrating that “the people have spoken.”
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart and glory be to God for the great things you have done. After a very close campaign, or should I say campaign, it is an honor for me to speak the four most powerful words. Democracy : The public has spoken”, he expressed after knowing the election results.
He said, “I want all of Georgia to know that whether you voted for me or not, I will continue to work for you every day.”
Warnock, after his victory, emphasized his humble origins, noting that his mother grew up picking cotton and tobacco in the 1950s, while his father was “a very hard-working pastor and small business owner.”
The Democrat, following Tuesday’s result, has become the state’s first black senator to win a full six-year term, in the Upper House.
“My roots, like the roots of those oak trees, go deep into the soil of Savannah and Waycross, Screven County and Burke County. I am Georgia. I am an example and reiteration of their history,” he said.
Walker accepts his failure
The Republican candidate thanked his supporters for their support without mentioning or congratulating his opponent on his victory.
“There are no excuses in life and I am not going to make any excuses now. We had a great fight,” he assured while urging Georgians to “believe in the United States” and “always cast your vote”. .
He insisted, “Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t. I will never stop fighting for Georgia. I will never stop fighting for you.”
Republicans blame Trump
Republicans are pointing to Walker’s defeat as a reason for calling on the GOP to remove Donald Trump from the leadership for the 2024 election, as the former president endorsed the senatorial candidate.
Iowa Republican Bob Vander Platts called Walker’s loss “another blow to the former president”. Conservatives across the country are tired of losing. 2024 is the key to re-conquering the future. Let’s choose well”, he indicated via his Twitter account.
Trump’s team had expected a Republican victory in Georgia, while concerns are growing that the anti-Trump movement could build momentum within Republicans, hindering the presidential race, CNN reports.