Why Warnock and Ossoff Won in Georgia

Far more people of both parties voted than usual in a runoff, but the Democratic turnout was stronger, largely because of Black voters.

By Nate Cohn

Graphics by Charlie Smart

Two months ago, Republicans in Georgia won more votes for Senate than the Democratic candidates, even as Joe Biden defeated President Trump at the top of the ticket. On Tuesday for the runoff races, the Georgia electorate was very different; so was the outcome.

Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock prevailed in Georgia with the help of superior Democratic turnout, especially among Black Georgians, which allowed them to overcome their disadvantage with voters who might have been decisive in Mr. Biden’s victory but voted Republican down-ballot.

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