The likely victories conclude a remarkable electoral cycle in which Biden became the first Democrat to receive the Georgian vote since Bill Clinton in 1992. You would also see Democrats reverse a long history of turnout in runoff elections, originally conducted precisely to prevent black candidates from winning the office, making Warnock's impending victory all the more extraordinary.
This unlikely turn of events was triggered by major changes in the Georgian electorate, which has become more diverse in recent years, with many once loyal Republican voters leaving their party in disgust for Donald Trump. The last time the Democrats won a Senate seat in Georgia 20 years ago was the notorious Conservative Zell Miller, who later served as keynote speaker for George W. Bush at the 2004 Republican National Convention.
In contrast, Warnock and Ossoff ran campaigns that reflected a newer south and affirmed the progressive values of the mainstream, including supporting $ 2,000 in support for COVID aid checks – an issue central to the last few days of the race Meaning and brought both Republicans into conflict with Trump.
If Warnock and Ossoff's victories continue, the Democrats will assume responsibility for both Houses of Congress and the White House for the first time in a decade. While many challenges await, that alone will remove the biggest barrier to Democratic priorities – including Biden's cabinet appointments and judicial officer nominations – by removing Mitch McConnell as Senate majority leader.
The durability of the political transformation in Georgia will soon be tested again: Since the Warnock-Loeffler race was a special election for the last two years of the tenure of former Republican Senator Johnny Isakson, Warnock would have to run again for a full six-year term 2022. Ossoff, on the other hand, would not go before the electorate again until 2026.
P.S. The last time a state's entire Senate delegation changed hands that night was in November 1994, when Republicans won two elections in Tennessee, including a special election for the seat previously held by Al Gore.