Georgia run-offs make history

EllieAna Hale

The Democratic party took control of the Senate on Jan. 6. 

The Georgia run-off election has been an intense election that decided the fate of which party controls the Senate.

Democrats Jon Osself and Rev. Raphael Warnock faced off against Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeleffer.

Warnock won with a 64,488 vote lead.

Osself won with a 28,200 vote lead.

While the Senate is split with 50 Democrats, 50 Republicans The democratic party won the Senate on a 50-50 split with the majority vote due to the final vote of Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. 

Both candidates were endorsed by President-elect Joe Biden. 

Additionally, the democratic party now controls both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

This has made American history for a multitude of reasons.

Warnock is now the first black man to be elected to the senate from the south in American history, leaning the conservative state of Georgia to now shift to an increasingly progressive state. 

The political dynamics of the south are now being forced to face progressive ideals.

Warnock has also publicly stated that he believes that “activism is central to the mission of the Black church.”

Osself is named the youngest sitting senator at 33 years old and is also the first sitting Jewish senator in Georgia’s history. 

This is the first time since 2000 that democrats have represented Georgia.

Both men having liberal moral policies are working to change the politics and to give voice to democrats in the south. 

The two men also were very upfront with their liberal policies and “unashamed” to publicly urge for change.

Georgia has additionally made history by voting democratic in the 2020 presidential election for the first time since 1992.