Although the race was still too short, Warnock’s speech echoed a number of prominent Democrats who praised the candidate as the winner. Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and organizer Stacey Abrams congratulated Warnock on Twitter, writing: “Soon he will be walking through these Augusthallen and voting as a leader with courage, justice and integrity.”
For his part, Loeffler showed no signs of concessions. The Georgia Republican was speaking to a live audience of supporters as Warnock spoke and said, “We’re going to win this election.”
Meanwhile, Democrat Jon Ossoff, who faces former Senator David Perdue to occupy Georgia’s other Senate seat, celebrated the night as a victory, despite falling behind Perdue by less than 2,000 votes.
“When all the votes are counted, we will assume Jon Ossoff won this election to represent Georgia in the United States Senate. The pending vote will take place in the exact parts of the state where Jon’s performance has dominated, “Ossoff’s campaign manager Ellen Foster said in a statement.” We look forward to seeing the process through for the hours ahead and moving on so Jon can start fighting for all Georgians in the U.S. Senate. “
During his statement, Warnock spoke about his family’s long history in the state and about following in the footsteps of Rep. John Lewis and Martin Luther King Jr. The Democrat serves as the senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, King’s spiritual home.
He talked about his parents’ humble origins in the Deep South and overcoming the odds in a race against one of the richest senators in US history.
“A son of my late father who was a pastor, veteran, and small business owner. And my mother, who grew up in Georgia as a teenager, used to pick someone else’s cotton,” Warnock said. “But the other day, because this is America, the 82-year-old hands who used to pick someone else’s cotton went to the polls and elected their youngest son as United States Senator.”
He continued, “May my story be an inspiration to a young person trying to grasp and seize the American dream.”