Even though the presidential race has been decided, election season is far from over – especially if one is living in the state home to the Atlanta Dream.
One of the closely watched Senate races happened to be in Georgia – between Dream co-owner, Georgia senator and staunch Black Lives Matter opponent Kelly Loeffler and Raphael Warnock, whose candidacy began an incremental rise after WNBA players wore “Vote Warnock” T-shirts inside the wubble this past season.
The results proved the polls correct – Warnock and Loeffler will be heading to a runoff. The other Senate race in Georgia between Jon Ossoff and David Perdue will also do so as Perdue did not reach the required 50% needed to stave off a January runoff.
Needless to say as the presidential results appear to indicate, Georgia is not the easy layup it used to be for Republicans. Atlanta’s population growth has contributed to Georgia becoming the purple state it now is. And even with Georgia’s recent history, Warnock may have a legitimate shot.
On that note, in Georgia, where pre-election polls were pretty accurate, the head-to-head outcomes for Warnock vs Loeffler are:
— Sam Wang (@SamWangPhD) November 8, 2020
One has to believe that one of the Warnock campaign stops over the next couple of months will include at least one WNBA figure on the stump.
President-elect Joe Biden appears to be on track to capturing Georgia’s 16 electoral votes. He currently has a 10,000 vote lead in the Empire State of the South. The gains of Democrats in Georgia are being widely credited to Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost her bid for Georgia governor two years ago – and is a member of the WNBPA’s Board of Advocates.