Former President Barack Obama counseled the Rev. Raphael Warnock on Wednesday for successful election as the primary Black senator from Georgia, casting Mr. Warnock’s historic victory for instance of why civic engagement — a difficulty Mr. Obama has lengthy championed — issues.
“My good friend John Lewis is unquestionably smiling down on his beloved Georgia this morning, as individuals throughout the state carried ahead the baton that he and so many others handed right down to them,” Mr. Obama wrote in an announcement, referring to the Democratic congressman and civil rights activist who died in August.
That President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. gained Georgia in November and that Democrats are poised to take each of the state’s Senate seats “is a testomony to the facility of the tireless and infrequently unheralded work of grassroots organizing,” Obama wrote, “and the resilient, visionary management of Stacey Abrams.” Ms. Abrams, the previous minority chief of the Georgia state Home, spent 10 years working to increase the Democratic citizens.
“Democrats in Georgia and throughout the nation ought to really feel good in the present day,” Mr. Obama wrote. “However the previous 4 years present us that even exterior of election season — and out of doors of races that garner nationwide consideration — we’ve obtained to stay engaged in civic life.”
And Mr. Obama appeared to not directly confer with Wednesday’s occasions in Congress, the place some Republicans, below the encouragement of President Trump, have objected to certifying Mr. Biden’s Electoral School victory.
“Lately, our establishments, our democracy, and fact itself have been drastically examined by those that’ve chosen to prioritize private acquire or political ambition over our democratic rules,” Mr. Obama wrote. “And even a great election is not going to remove these threats.”