Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock won re-election in a fierce second round of the Georgia state election, Edison Research reported based on partial election results. Warnock’s victory means that the power distribution in the Senate will be 51-49 for Democrats for the next two years.
Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock won re-election in a duel for senator from Georgia, NBC News reported, based on partial results of the second round of the election. His victory means Democrats will have 51 seats in the 100-seat Senate, one more than before this year’s election.
After counting the votes with 97 percent. According to the electoral commission, Warnock, the Atlanta Baptist pastor, leads by 1.2 percentage points over former football star Herschel Walker, but the votes remaining to be counted strongly favor the Democrat.
Democrats hold a majority in the Senate
Warnock’s victory means that the power distribution in the Senate will be 51-49 for Democrats for the next two years. Currently, it is 50-50, but the vice president has the deciding vote Kamala Harriswhich gives Democrats a majority. The increased ownership will allow the president’s party to take over full power in committees, as well as the right to summon witnesses to testify or submit documents, which is important in the context of possible parliamentary investigations. It will also facilitate the approval of presidential candidates for federal judges and diplomatic posts.
Despite the victory in the Senate, the Democrats lost their majority in the House of Representatives, where from January the Republicans will have 222 seats and the Democrats – 213.
Warnock is the pastor of the Atlanta Baptist Church where Martin Luther King once preached. He was elected to the Senate in the 2020 by-election, becoming the first black senator from Georgia. Walker, also African American, was a former American football star and caterer whose candidacy was promoted from the beginning by the former president Donald Trump.
Tuesday’s second round was necessary after no candidate received the required 50 percent on November 8. votes. Their race was the “most expensive” election matchup in the country. The two parties spent over $80 million combined on the campaign in the second round alone.
Another Democrat victory in a former Republican stronghold
The Georgia campaign was also one of the most controversial, mainly due to moral issues related to Walker, who was accused of, among other things, paying for abortions to his partners (Walker strongly speaks out against abortion) and domestic violence.
Warnock’s victory is yet another win for Democratic candidates in a state that until recently was considered solidly conservative. In 2020 Joe Biden He became the first Democratic politician to win the state’s presidential election in nearly 20 years.
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