Stacey Abrams Congratulates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff on Their Georgia Runoff Victories

On Instagram today, Stacey Abrams congratulated Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff on successfully winning Georgia’s senatorial runoff election, in which they defeated Republican incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.

“Congratulations to our next U.S. Senator, @raphaelwarnock,” she captioned a photo of herself and Warnock, who made history as Georgia’s first Black senator and the first Black Democrat senator to be elected in the South. “Last January, I endorsed my dear friend in his quest to serve. Soon, he will walk those august halls & cast votes as a leader with courage, justice and integrity. God bless you and keep you in your service to us all.”

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Abrams also congratulated Ossoff, posting a photograph of the two bumping elbows. “In 2017, Georgia’s next U.S. Senator @jonossoff confronted a dark chapter in our nation’s story by standing for office,” she wrote. “Now Jon Ossoff will stand for all of Georgia in the fight for healthcare, jobs + justice. And our nation will be all the better for having him. Congratulations!”

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Abrams, who made her own Georgia gubernatorial bid two years ago, has been one of the more prominent faces in the statewide struggle to register voters through her voting rights organization, Fair Fight Action.

“This is a nation built on voter suppression,” Abrams told Janelle Monaé in an interview for BAZAAR‘s September issue. “When we started, white men who owned land could vote. If you were Black, you were a slave. If you were a woman, you were supposed to be silent. If you were Native American, you were invisible. Then in 1790 we decided to shut the gates and say no one else can come in. So we’ve spent 230 years trying to reclaim the promise that was in our Declaration of Independence, this promise of equality. But we can only reclaim it if we have the power of the vote. I know it can sound like a slogan or a really pale solution to all of these challenges, but in a democracy, you can’t give up the power you have trying to get the power you want.”

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