UPDATED: 4:00 p.m. ET, Friday (November 6)
In the election of our lifetime, seven Black candidates are running for U.S. Senate. Given that out of nearly 2,000 politicians to ever serve in the Senate and only 10 of them having been Black, these candidate are looking to make history.
From New Jersey to Georgia to Michigan to Tennesse, these seven current and potential legislators are hoping to bring about a new era to the U.S. Senate.
See the results of the Senate races to watch below.
(Results will be updated throughout the day)
Cory Booker (D), New Jersey - Won (60.6%, 1,715,304 votes)
Incumbent Democratic Sen. Cory Booker is defending his Senate seat against Rik Mehta (R) in New Jersey. Booker was first elected into the US Senate in 2013 in a special election. In 2014, he retained his seat against Republican challenger Jeff Bell.
Mike Espy (D), Mississippi — Defeated (42.2%, 436,236 votes)
Former congressman and Democratic challenger Mike Espy was vying for Republican Incumbent Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith's seat in a rematch race in Mississippi. The Democratic challenger, who served as the secretary of agriculture during the Clinton administration, becoming the first Black American to hold that cabinet post, was previously defeated by Hyde-Smith in 2018 in a runoff election.
Adrian Perkins (D), Louisiana — Defeated (19%, 393,866 votes)
Barack Obama-endorsed Mayor Adrian Perkins was looking to unseat Senator Bill Cassidy in Louisiana. Perkins, the Mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana, is a military veteran who was deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan, achieved the rank of Captain and Company Commander in the United States Army and was awarded the Bronze Star for his service. He Is also a Harvard Law School grad.
Raphael Warnock (D), Georgia — The special election Senate race will advance to a January runoff between Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R) and Warnock
Rev. Raphael Warnock is the Democratic candidate in the special election for a Georgia Senate seat. The first-time political candidate was running against Republicans Rep. Doug Collins and Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who was appointed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to fill former Sen. Johnny Isakson’s seat in January.
Warnock is the senior pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. He has held the position since 2005.
Jaime Harrison (D), South Carolina — Defeated (43.6%, 487,795 votes)
Democratic Senate candidate Jaime Harrison lost to senior U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-inc), who was seeking his fourth term in South Carolina. Harrison, a 44-year-old associate chair of the Democratic National Committee, was a fundraising powerhouse, raising a record-breaking fundraising amount of over $100 million — the most of any Senate candidate in American history.
Marquita Bradshaw (D), Tennessee — DEFEATED (36.3%, 850,673)
Environmental justice organizer and activist Marquita Bradshaw was hoping to succeed retiring Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in Tennessee. Bradshaw, a Democrat. She was up against former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty, a Republican businessman, who got the endorsement of President Donald Trump.
Bradshaw a Memphis native, defeated former Tennesse Assistant Attorney General Robin Kimbrough Hayes and US Army veteran James Mackler, who had been endorsed by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, in the primary.
John James (R), Michigan — Defeated (48.3%, 2,636,892)
Republican Businessman and Iraq war veteran John James did not unseat Democratic Sen. Gary Peters to represent Michigan, a critical swing state for control of the U.S. Senate. James was hoping to defy the odds as Michigan hasn't elected a Republican to the Senate since 1994.
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