Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Raphael Warnock of Georgia speaks to supporters during a rally on November 15, 2020 in Marietta, Georgia.
Raphael Warnock projected to win Georgia runoff against Kelly Loeffler
03:18 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

Rev. Raphael Warnock will make history when he becomes Georgia’s first Black senator and the first Black Democrat to represent a southern state in the Senate.

Once sworn in, Warnock will be the 11th African American to serve in the US Senate – a group that includes former President Barack Obama, who served as a US senator from Illinois, and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who is a US senator from California.

CNN projected early Wednesday morning that Warnock beat incumbent GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler, with Black voters in the Atlanta metro area, the cradle of the Civil Rights Movement, and suburbs turning out to help Warnock win the seat.

On Wednesday, Warnock told CNN’s John Berman that his victory was “stunning, but I think in America anything is possible.”

“That’s why I love this country so much and I refuse to give in to the forces of cynicism. It takes hard work. Change is slow, often it comes in fits and starts,” he said. “Our democracy tends to expand and then there are moments when it contracts.”