By backing Raphael Warnock against Kelly Loeffler, Sue Bird and the WNBA helped flip the Senate

SEATTLE — Five days before WNBA players wore black T-shirts that read “VOTE WARNOCK” last summer, the Rev. Raphael Warnock was polling at 9% and fourth among 21 candidates vying for a Senate seat in Georgia. Six months later, Warnock, a Democrat making his foray into politics, won a runoff against incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler on Jan. 5 to become the first Black senator in Georgia. Warnock’s victory combined with Democrat Jon Ossoff’s runoff win over Georgia incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue gave Democrats control of the Senate, in addition to their majority in the House and Wh…

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