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Democrats moved a major step closer to gaining control of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday morning as Georgia voters elected the Rev. Raphael Warnock, the pastor at the storied Ebenezer Baptist Church, in a hard-fought runoff contest that became roiled by President Donald Trump’s false claims of voter fraud in the state.

Warnock’s victory over the Republican incumbent, Kelly Loeffler, represented a landmark breakthrough for African Americans in politics as well as for Georgia: He became the first Black Democrat elected to the Senate from the South.

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