With wins in both of the Georgia runoff races, Democrats would gain control of the U.S. Senate.
Perhaps never before has a runoff election garnered such interest across the nation, but the stakes have never been higher for one, either. That's why so many Hollywood celebrities stayed up into the wee hours of the morning as votes were counted in Georgia.
The special runoff election was triggered by state laws requiring a special election when no candidate earns more than 50 percent of the vote. That happened in both Senatorial races during the 2020 election.
What suddenly made it incredibly important for both parties is what became at stake after all the other races were settled. Suddenly, these two seats were poised to determine which party had control of the Senate.
This after Democrats had claimed both the presidency and held onto control of the House of Representatives. Either they gained full control of the legislature, or Republicans maintain some checks on President-Elect Biden's political agenda with continued control of the Senate.
Biden had already flipped the state blue in the presidential election, but could two newcomers unseat the Republican incumbents? As the night progressed, it looked like that was just what was going to happen.
If both Democrats won their seats, they would secure 50 seats in the Senate. And with incoming Vice President Kamala Harris casting any deciding votes, that would effectively give the Democratic party control of the Senate, allowing Biden to put forth his agenda almost unfettered.
First among those edicts is a move to up the recent $600 payment to American citizens to $2,000 amid the ongoing economic crisis spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the night progressed, CNN first predicted that Rev. Raphael Warnock had unseated incumbent Kelly Loeffler, becoing the state's first-ever Black Senator. Shortly thereafter, Jon Ossoff took a lead in the count against incumbent David Perdue -- and then began expanding that lead.
But while no major news outlets were quite ready to call that race during the overnight hours, that didn't stop the stars from coming out in jubilation and excitement at what they were certain was about to be a huge Democratic win on the night.
And while they were excited to tout the seismic shift that was poised to happen in Washington, they also took the time to thank Stacey Abrams for her tireless efforts in Georgia to get out the vote once again (she is largely considered a pivotal figure in the state flipping blue for Biden).
All of y’all saying Democrats rigged this runoff election are HILARIOUS. You know the Governor of GA is a Republican, right? Same goes for the Secretary of State. And yet Dems somehow managed to successfully rig the election yet didn’t think to do so back in November? GTFOH. 🤣
Thank you @staceyabrams for your tireless hard work. We never could have gotten here without you. We hope to meet you one day so we can thank you in person. You’re welcome at any A&A show in the future!!!! You are a hero😩💓.....also for anyone who’s not quite sure, see below pic.twitter.com/sNyEbiIKxA
We all must thank @staceyabrams & her team at @fairfightaction & all the other tireless, incredibly effective activists who’ve turned the tide in Georgia over these past couple of years. The future isn’t given to us; it must be earned. And they’ve earned the hell out of it.
The misogynist, racist President and his cowardly accomplices in Georgia were beaten in no small part because of Stacey Abrams’ and others’, voter registration efforts. And now, a Black man from Martin Luther King’s & John Lewis’ Church is heading to the Senate. Karma is a bitch.