‘This is a historic second,’ Warnock says of projected victory

The first Black senator elected in Georgia spoke on “Good Morning America.”

January 6, 2021, 12:48 PM

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The Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, mentioned that his projected victory in one in all Georgia’s twin U.S. Senate runoffs is a “historic moment,” including that he “can’t wait” to be within the higher chamber of Congress “to represent the concerns of ordinary people.”

“I’m deeply honored that the people of Georgia decided to place their faith in me and have decided to send me to represent their interests in Washington, D.C.,” Warnock instructed ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America” Wednesday.

“Certainly this is a historic moment and I’m just deeply grateful to be a vessel in a moment in which we’re facing such large problems in our country, and I can’t wait to get to the U.S. Senate to represent the concerns of ordinary people,” he added.

Just earlier than 2 a.m. Wednesday, ABC News projected that Warnock will prevail over incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who was appointed to her seat by Gov. Brian Kemp in December 2019 to serve when Sen. Johnny Isakson retired till a particular election was held to find out who would serve till his time period ends in Jan. 2023.

Warnock, senior pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, the previous pulpit of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., is the primary Black senator Georgia has elected and solely the eleventh Black senator elected within the nation’s historical past.

“Georgia is in such an incredible place when you think about the arc of our history, we are sending an African-American pastor of Ebenezer Baptist church where Martin Luther King Jr. served,” he mentioned. “This is the reversal of the old southern strategy that sought to divide people. In this moment we’ve got to bring people together in order to do the hard work and I look forward to doing that.”

His win can also be history-defying as a result of it marks the primary time a Democrat has received a statewide runoff election in Georgia in 30 years. Stephanopoulos requested Warnock what affect he thought President Donald Trump’s fixed questioning of the final election outcomes and rhetoric that it was “rigged” had on his runoff marketing campaign.

GOP considerations mounted early, and by no means subsided earlier than the election, that Trump’s rhetoric of a “rigged” election would suppress Republican voters from popping out. Loeffler and the opposite GOP candidate competing in a runoff, former Sen. David Perdue, have been in lockstep with the president by means of the two-month dash to the runoff.

Warnock mentioned he would depart it to the “pundits who slice and dice” to hold forth on that, telling Stephanopoulos that he is “really focused on the people here in this state.”

“The Senate should have approved the $2,000 stimulus last week. People are really struggling,” he mentioned.

Asked what his primary purpose for this 12 months within the Senate was,

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