Despite still not accepting the 2020 Presidential Election result, and telling a Georgia election official to “find me votes”, Donald Trump suffered another – perhaps his final – humiliation, after the Democrats held the Presidency, House and Senate for the first time in a decade.
More than two months after election day, Georgians were asked to go to the polls again, after no candidate reached the required 50% mark in the state, triggering a runoff election.
Americans in the state headed to the polls on Tuesday 5th January, sending a Democrat to Washington D.C. for the first time since 2000.
Raphael Warnock was the first over the top, gaining 50.6% of the vote to defeat Kelly Loeffler, who had been the interim Senator since early 2020, following the resignation of Johnny Isakson for health reasons.
Jon Ossoff followed suit later in the night, gaining 50.2% of the vote with 98% reporting. Ossoff defeated incumbent Republican David Purdue, meaning that the Senate now has a 50-50 split between the Republicans and Democrats.
This essentially gives the Democrats control of the Senate, as Vice President Kamala Harris will hold the deciding vote in the event of a tie, as the vice president acts as the president of the Senate.
Chuck Schumer will now become the Senate majority leader, with Mitch McConnell leading a Republican minority for the first time since 2015.
The Democratic control of the Senate will make it far easier for President Biden to pass his agenda ver the first two years of his presidency when the mid-terms will likely alter the makeup of the House and Senate once again.
Before the Georgia runoff, Biden had promised that he would pass a new stimulus bill that would improve on the $600 cheque that was given to Americans across the country in the run-up to Christmas.
Speaking after his victory last night, Raphael Warnock, a pastor from Atlanta, said:
“The other day – because this is America – the 82-year-old hands that used to pick somebody else’s cotton went to the polls and picked her youngest son to be a United States senator”.