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Warnock delivers 51-seat Senate for Democrats, and much more

Raphael Warnock
J. Scott Applewhite/AP
Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., arrives at the Capitol after defeating Republican challenger Herschel Walker in a runoff election in Georgia last night, in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. The Democrats' new outright majority of 51-49 in the Senate means Schumer will no longer have to negotiate a power-sharing deal with Republicans and won't have to rely on Vice President Kamala Harris to break as many tie votes. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Two Way Talk host Gabe Ortis and Rev. Dr. Kevin Slayton discuss the results of the Georgia Senate race

WASHINGTON (AP) — Raphael Warnock’s victory in swing-state Georgia gives Senate Democrats a 51-49 majority.

It's a “lift,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday at the Capitol.

Schumer said Democrats want to “get things done.”

The extra seat ends one of the longest evenly split 50-50 Senates in modern memory.

With a full majority Schumer is confident Democrats can sideline Trump-inspired Republicans and reach across the aisle for bipartisan priorities in the new year.

Just to start, Senate Democrats will be able to have an easier time organizing committees and conducting routine votes over Republican objections.