The Democratic candidate Rapahel Warnock has won a run-off election in Georgia in the first of two critical races in the state that will decide which party controls the Senate.
Mr Warnock, 51, the pastor of Martin Luther King’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, narrowly beat the Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler and will become the first black senator to represent Georgia as well as the first black Democratic senator from a former slave state. When he was born in Savannah in 1969, Georgia was represented in the Senate by two staunch segregationists.
“I am going to the Senate to work for all of Georgia,” Mr Warnock said last night. “I come before you tonight as a man who knows that the improbable journey that led me to this place in this historic moment in America could only happen here.”