By Bill Barrow, The Associated Press
Atlanta (AP) – Rev. Rafael Warnoch, a Democrat, unanimously defeated Sen. Kelly Loeffler in a special election on Tuesday for the U.S. Senate seat. Georgia. Warnock will become the first black senator in Georgia history. A second race is yet to be called between Democrat John Osoff and Republican David Perdue, who have sought a second term since their first term ended on Sunday. Control over the Senate is in limbo.
Here are some key takeaways:
Black voters rip the scale
Warnock, the church’s senior pastor where Martin Luther King Jr. preached to the height of the civil rights movement, made history with an increase in black turnouts until he was assassinated.
To ensure that a narrow win out of 4.4 million votes involves too many variables. But black voters were a force on early voting and election day. In particular, it was not just in metro Atlanta, but also in rural and small-town counties in South Georgia, where blackouts have historically lagged behind.
This means that it was a coalition of Atlanta’s most affluent black residents, who were involved in recent transplants of Georgia, to those black Georgia natives who are from the state’s most financially strapped pockets.
This electoral cycle saw a confluence of factors for black voters: The first general election in 2020, following Stacey Ebers’ disappointment, disappeared in 2018 after becoming the first black female governor in American history and was the first general election after her death. John Lewis of Rape, Atlanta’s civil rights icon, who once marched with King and publicly walked out with Trump.
Loeffler and his Republican colleagues used a two-month runoff campaign to hammer advertisements calling Warnock “dangerous” and “radical”. He used Ebenezer Baptist Church’s snippets of his sermons to accuse him of “hate speech” and “racial” divisions.
But black voters can point to Tuesday’s counting and take credit for that strategy ending in defeat.
Georgia Showing Battlegrow Sow Fees
When President-Elect Joe Biden won Georgia by 12,000 votes out of 5 million, many observers recognized it to be a Trump backlash. Certainly, it had something to do with it. But following this with a Senate runoff victory and a possible second, Democrats proved their status as a two-party battleground.
Troops make mistakes, fight with voters
Trump may have lost the presidency, but his campaign to reduce the legitimacy of the election with Republican voters in Georgia was clearly a success.
Nearly three-quarters of voters who supported Perdew and Loeffler told an AP VoteCast poll that Biden was not legitimately selected in November. The AP Votecast interviewed more than 3,600 voters to gauge voters’ views on various topics.
9 out of 10 Republican backers said they lacked confidence that votes were counted correctly in the November presidential election. Nimmi said that she does not believe in counting votes at all. That is nearly five times what Republicans said in November, they had no confidence that the votes would be counted correctly.
This notion clearly tracks Trump’s false rhetoric about electoral fraud, a claim that has been rejected by Attorney General William Burr, dozens of federal courts, and several prominent Republican senators. And the findings demonstrate Trump’s continued grip on Republican grounds, with some of his GOP politicians contesting the election even after he steps down.
Trump Still A Travel Driver – For Both Sides
While it took risks, Pardew, who has been trying to win a second term since the end of his first term, and Loeffler, an appointed senator who was trying to win his first election, himself at every stage of the campaign Equaled Trump.
Initial return and turnout estimates explain why.
Democrats were running stronger in early voting in early November, and this upset Republicans. Trump went on weeks of railing after concerns that Biden had stolen the election, with the GOP fearing he would drive a few of his loyalists out of protest, repeating liberals and GOP-leaning independents in urban and suburban areas will do.
GOP strategists felt somewhat better on Tuesday as they watched the turnout in conservative counties and in the outer ring of metro Atlanta, where Republicans still hold an army of votes.
But, as it has gone into Trump’s era, Democratic turnout remained strong, as well, with Fulton and DeKalb nearly in the core of Metro Atlanta at match speeds or higher than their normal electoral turnout. This newfound swing forms a steep hill for Republicans in the state.
Despite Trump’s constant beating of the voting process, state election officials and officials from both parties called Tuesday’s vote and the count appeared to be smooth. There were no reports of hours-long lines. Election officials took advantage of the change in rules since November that allowed the advance processing of absentee ballots – so they could be counted more quickly. As the count moved on Wednesday, Georgia officials were managing the process without major issues.
Trump endorsed Brian Kemp of Georgia’s Republican government in 2018 during a controversial GOP primary, only calling him “incompetent” and promising to campaign against him in 2022 as he called on the president to reverse the Georgia presidential results Ignored the demands.
According to the AP Votecast, Republican voters are siding with Trump: about 6 out of 10 who handle Kemp after Kemp’s election. In November, the AP Votecast approved Kemp’s overall job performance found 9 out of 10 Trump backers.
Kemp was already facing the prospect of a strong general election challenge from Abrams, a Democrat who is expected to survive the 2018 loss. She would come into the race with a boost from all her voter registration tasks that paid off with the wins of Biden and Warnock. And now Kemp needs to put his side in his party before thinking of Abram or any Democrat.
Hi-tow geology game of DEMOCRATS
Democrats have a wider reach than Republicans in contacting voters. About 10 out of 10 voters say they were approached on behalf of Democratic candidates, compared to about half of Republican candidates.
The grassroots game of the Democrats may have helped them drive out voters. In total, about 4 out of 10 said they were approached and responded with a pledge or commitment to vote. These voters were in favor of Osph and Warnock compared to Parasu and Loeffler.
New content politics is changing
The AP Votecast indicated that newcomers in Georgia were more democratic than longtime residents of the state. Those who have been in the state for more than 20 years have reduced Republican leanings, while those who have recently been in favor of Democrats.
Associated Press reporters Josh Baak and Hannah Finghut in Washington and Kate Brumback in Atlanta contributed to this report.
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