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Mob overshadows Georgia win

The election of the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff was a political triumph for the Democratic Party in a state that has stymied it for decades
Reverend Raphael Warnock
Reverend Raphael Warnock
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Astead W. Herndon And Rick Rojas   |   Atlanta   |   Published 08.01.21, 02:57 AM

Democrats gained control of the Senate on Wednesday by winning both of Georgia’s run-off races, an electoral repudiation of President Trump that will give the incoming Democratic administration broader policy latitude even as the victory was temporarily overshadowed by a violent mob storming the US Capitol in the name of the ousted incumbent.

The election of the Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff was a political triumph for the Democratic Party in a state that has stymied it for decades. It was also a jarring split-screen encapsulation of the politics of progress and grievance that have defined Trump’s administration and the changing country he is sworn to serve.

On the same day that Georgia elected Ossoff, a 33-year-old Jewish documentary filmmaker, and Warnock, a 51-year-old pastor who will become the state’s first black senator, an almost entirely white crowd of aggrieved Trump supporters descended on Washington.

Warnock’s own Twitter feed showed how quickly the mood among Democrats had shifted. At 1.55pm Eastern, he toasted his victory by thanking Georgia voters, saying he was “forever grateful”. Within two hours, he was quoting another pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church — the Rev. Dr Martin Luther King Jr. — with a message of togetherness in the face of hatred and bigotry.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that,” Warnock wrote. “Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” He added, in his own words, “Let each of us try to be a light to see our country out of this dark moment.”

New York Times News Service



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