Former President Barack Obama Was Like Warnock
Barack Obama issued a statement to congratulate Ebenezer Baptist Church pastor, Raphael Warnock on his historic victory. Warnock defeated his Republican opponent Kelly Loeffler in the contested senate runoff. Loeffler was named to the seat in 2019 by Georgia governor Brian Kemp.
Warnock became the 11th Black senator, while Obama became the 5th Black senator in Illinois back in 2005.
“My friend John Lewis is surely smiling down on his beloved Georgia this morning, as people across the state carried forward the baton that he and so many others passed down to them,” Obama explained.
The former President continued: “I want to congratulate Reverend Raphael Warnock on his election as Georgia’s next U.S. Senator—and while we’re still waiting on final results in the other runoff, it’s clear that last night’s showing, alongside President-Elect Biden’s November victory in Georgia, is a testament to the power of the tireless and often unheralded work of grassroots organizing and the resilient, visionary leadership of Stacey Abrams. Georgia’s first Black senator will make the chamber more reflective of our country as a whole and open the door for a Congress that can forego gridlock for gridlock’s sake to focus instead on the many crises facing our nation—pandemic relief for struggling families, voting rights, protecting our planet, and more.”
Georgia Voter Turnout
Warnock has a list of people to thank for helping him secure his seat. Stacey Abrams is on the top of the list of pushing to turn Georgia purple. Warnock’s victory occurred as a result of voter mobilization in Georgia and active engagement of Democrats in the voting process.
“Democrats in Georgia and across the country should feel good today. But the past four years show us that even outside of election season—and outside of races that garner national attention—we’ve got to remain engaged in civic life.”
Things happen when minorities put their feet down and exercise their right to vote. Now it’s time to see some change!