Raphael Warnock’s victory Tuesday over Republican Herschel Walker in Georgia’s runoff is exactly what the Democrats needed.
The win will encourage African Americans to turn out in a red state dominated by Republicans, according to Axios. But the win could motivate African Americans across the nation. The Dems now have an important 51st Senate seat. Currently, Vice President Kamala Harris had to break ties.
According ABC News, “While the race didn’t determine control of the Senate, it did increase Democrats’ power in the chamber — where Vice President Kamala Harris currently has to break ties — rather than see the Republicans win a 50th seat and create procedural obstacles.”
The victory allows Biden to pick judicial appointments. More wins for Biden, experts believe, will motivate African Americans to come out during the election in 2o24. Voting numbers in Georgia broke all kinds of records and Black voters came out in droves, which can provide us a peek at 2024:
A new article by The Associated Press examines the palpable differences between Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker before Tuesday’s election.The Associated Press breaks down the choice for Black voters:
“Black voters say the choice is stark: Warnock, the senior minister of Martin Luther King’s Atlanta church, echoes traditional liberal notions of the Black experience; and Walker, a University of Georgia football icon, speaks the language of white cultural conservatism and mocks Warnock’s interpretations of King, among other matters.”
The piece also gives quotes from a senior at Morehouse College, a state employee from Jonesboro and a realtor who resides in Marietta. Even though the first two questioned Walker’s political legitimacy—and stated how he was being used by the Republican party—the third expressed that Walker doesn’t possess “enough relatable life experience to the average Black American for them to identify with him.”
Walker’s run for Senate has been a problematic one to say the least. From his fictitious claims of being in law enforcement (remember that toy badge?) to hiding children to not remembering if he paid for abortions, scandal after scandal still couldn’t shake his campaign enough to prevent him from possibly entering Congress.
According to a poll conducted by CNN, 52% of tentative voters stated they planned on supporting Warnock in Tuesday’s runoff, with 48% choosing Walker. That same poll stated that almost all Democrats (99%) will support Warnock and 95% of Republicans will back Walker.