By Rachel Epstein published
As of Tuesday, January 5, more than 3 million Georgians voted in the 2020 Georgia runoff elections, where voters cast their ballots for two crucial Senate races: Jon Ossoff (D) vs. incumbent David Perdue (R), and Reverend Raphael Warnock (D) vs. incumbent Kelly Loeffler (R). In the early hours of Wednesday, January 6, AP News confirmed that Warnock has defeated Loeffler and will become the state's first Black senator. Around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, NBC News confirmed that Ossoff has defeated Perdue.
Prior to the 2020 election, Republicans held a 53-47 majority in the chamber (plus two independents who historically vote with the Democrats). Since the Democrats picked up two Senate seats in November (Captain Mark Kelly of Arizona and John Hickenlooper of Colorado), Ossoff and Warnock's wins in the runoff election will draw the Senate to a 50-50 tie and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be the tie-breaker. This means the House of Representatives and the Senate will both hold the Democratic majority when President-elect Joe Biden enters office on January 20, 2021. It's a feat that wouldn't have been possible without the tireless efforts of organizers like Stacey Abrams and LaTosha Brown, amongst many others, who have been laying the groundwork in the state for the past decade.
See the best reactions to the Georgia Senate runoff election results from celebrities, politicians, organizers, and constituents alike, below.
I believe! https://t.co/rpKwrcEbYmJanuary 6, 2021
This is a GA organizer stan account tonight. Waiting for GA results to come in with nothing but appreciation and shine 💥💥💥for my sisters leaving it all on the field for our democracy, for our lives, for our futures.January 6, 2021
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The Voting Rights Act was only signed 55 years ago. Tonight I'm thinking about all the Black folks in Georgia who have lived on both sides of it. Who voted in this election and who remember a time when they wouldn't have been able to. It wasn't that long ago. Not at all.January 6, 2021
Thank you 🙏🏽@NewGAProject Thank you 🙏🏽 @fairfightactionThank you 🙏🏽@ConMijenteThank you 🙏🏽@GALEOorgThank you 🙏🏽@AsianAAFThank you 🙏🏽@songpowerc4Thank you to ALL the people and grassroots organizations doing the thankless, often-overlooked, mission-critical work of change.January 6, 2021
No matter what happens tonight, I just want Mitch McConnell to know that I hate him. ❤️January 6, 2021
Never let anyone tell you your vote doesn’t count. Every single vote.January 6, 2021
LET'S HEAR IT FOR BLACK RURAL VOTERS!!!! Like in Randolph Co, GA where turnout is at **97%** of presidential election for a special election over the holidays in the middle of the pandemic.January 6, 2021
I really hope we get a senate with a Black pastor who openly supports people who have abortions and a dude whose wife is an OBGYN and advocates for abortion access for her patients.January 6, 2021
Just practicing: Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell. Sounding very, very good.January 6, 2021
When Stacey Abrams declined to run for the Senate and focus on voting reform and mobilization, there was a LOT of skepticism in response. But she had a vision, she knew what her state needed in this moment, and she followed through on it. Thank goodness. A leader of leaders.January 6, 2021
John Lewis’ pastor and that kid who became a resistance hero but ultimately lost back in season 1 both getting elected and flipping the Senate (with a major assist from Stacey Abrams, fan favorite from season 2) really would be a wild end to this season of “Trump’s America”January 6, 2021
Congratulations to our next U.S. Senator, @ReverendWarnock. Last January, I endorsed my dear friend in his quest to serve. Soon, he will walk those august halls & cast votes as a leader with courage, justice and integrity. God bless you and keep you in your service to us all. pic.twitter.com/lzdDxRA5zvJanuary 6, 2021
Georgia!!! 🙏. Organizers, @staceyabrams , Black women, Black people, Latinos and the @wnba players and everyone else in Georgia who showed up and saved America 🙏. Thank you, we owe you. 🇺🇸January 6, 2021
Warnock's Beagle better get the biggest bone tonight.January 6, 2021
"I'm Blue (da ba dee da ba di)" -GeorgiaJanuary 6, 2021
I don’t know who needs to hear this but Reverend Raphael Warnock was polling at 9% when the Atlanta Dream and WNBA players threw their full support behind him and elevated his national profile. Now he’s Georgia’s first black Senator.January 6, 2021
Now THAT would be a DREAM come true. #BlackVotesMatter https://t.co/RTsyMSzyw0January 6, 2021
When I moved to Georgia 19 years ago Roy Barnes, the last Democratic Governor, was about to be tossed out for opposing the Confederate flag. The fact that the state is now *this* close to being represented by a black man and a Jew in the US Senate is stunning.January 6, 2021
Sending endless respect and admiration to you tonight @staceyabrams.January 6, 2021
We got Georgia y'all! We got the Senate! Down goes Mitch!Huge shout out to all of the organizers, and to everyone who helped in any way. This is what happens when we come together!January 6, 2021
What this woman has done for her country must never be forgotten. https://t.co/K97tbNoMAMJanuary 6, 2021
Let this sink in, A PASTOR, @ReverendWarnock supports reproductive rights and LGBTQ rights! That’s what you call LEADING with the light of LOVE! #GaSenateRaceJanuary 6, 2021
I think I’ll wear blue today!January 6, 2021
@MsLaToshaBrown "Organized power is realized power." @BlackVotersMtrJanuary 6, 2021
Congratulations to @ReverendWarnock! Cannot wait to see your leadership in action in the United States Senate. Wow does that sound good. https://t.co/9kd9QCZwzcJanuary 6, 2021
Black people didn’t save you. Black people saved ourselves, once again. Black people saved themselves in a state that tried VERY hard to prevent that from happening again.But that’s the funny thing about justice: When *Black people* win... *everybody* benefits.Fancy that. pic.twitter.com/c76ket6IkcJanuary 6, 2021
Today things are possible that were not yesterday. 😀🚀🇺🇸January 6, 2021
Black women did this—but this isn't just "Black Girl Magic." This is the result of pure organizing, labor, and love that Black women have poured into GA.Gratitude to every one of my sisters who willed the possibilities of this moment into existence. We see you and we love you.January 6, 2021
Black. Voters. Matter.January 6, 2021
The nation is realizing what we have known all along: Georgia is a battleground state. Thanks to the relentless work done toward investing in & turning out voters of color. Senator-elect Raphael Warnock’s win is an extraordinary moment in Georgia’s & our country’s history.January 6, 2021
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What a great day for America. The people of Georgia give us reason to be hopeful, to expect great things for this country. Electing Warnock & Ossoff is the perfect response to the seditious dead enders trying to overturn the Presidential election & imperil our democracy.January 6, 2021
Congratulations, @ossoff! You’ve given hope to working people in Georgia—and across the country—that we can have a government that works for everyone, not just the rich and powerful.January 6, 2021
Woo-hoo, @ReverendWarnock! You ran against corruption with courage and conviction, you fought off cynical mudslinging, and you had a historic win. I can’t wait to fight by your side in Washington.January 6, 2021
Congratulations @Ossoff and @ReverendWarnock on your historic victories last night and THANK YOU to the organizers in Georgia who have fought so very hard for the future of our country. We are all in awe of what you have accomplished. You put justice on the ballot and won.January 6, 2021
History made. Congratulations @ReverendWarnock and Jon @Ossoff on your hard-fought campaigns. Together we can give Americans the relief they deserve and restore America’s moral leadership around the world.January 6, 2021
I called Reverend Warnock and Jon Ossoff this morning to congratulate them on their hard-fought campaigns. Georgia voters delivered a resounding message yesterday: they want action on the crises we face and they want it right now. Together, we'll get it done. pic.twitter.com/TPBEbgOwzHJanuary 6, 2021
The Georgia Senate Runoffs Could Flip the Senate
Rachel Epstein is an editor at Marie Claire, where she writes and edits culture, politics, and lifestyle stories ranging from op-eds to profiles to ambitious packages. She also manages the site’s virtual book club, #ReadWithMC. Offline, she’s likely watching a Heat game, finding a new coffee shop, or analyzing your cousin's birth chart—in no particular order.
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