January 5th, 2021, raphael warnock, the democratic candidate, won the georgia senate seat, giving democrats a 51-49 majority in the us senate. his opponent, herschel walker, a republican candidate supported by former president donald trump, lost the race. mr. warnock received 50.6% of the votes cast, while mr. walker received 49.4%. this was the first time a black senator had been elected in the deep south. the election took place in georgia, where 1.4 million people cast their votes, with a record 1.9 million having already cast early or postal ballots.
The campaign, mr. warnock had a significant fundraising advantage, spending approximately $170 million compared to kelly loeffler’s nearly $60 million. president biden and former president trump both largely stayed away from the race. republicans ran an attack ad during the campaign that highlighted an allegation by mr warnock’s ex-wife that he had run over her foot with a car during a domestic dispute in march 2020. mr. walker also had to acknowledge that he had fathered three children that he had not mentioned publicly, despite his criticism of absentee fathers.
Warnock’s win provided democrats with an easier pathway for president biden to appoint judges and members of his administration. had democrats lost georgia, the party’s control of a 50-50 senate would have depended on us vice-president kamala harris’ tiebreaking vote. at a victory party in an atlanta hotel ballroom, mr warnock thanked his mother, who had grown up picking cotton in georgia in the 1950s. donald trump is now vying for the republican presidential nomination in 2024.