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Watch live: Schumer holds press conference celebrating Warnock victory

Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.)
Peter Afriyie
Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) speaks to media as Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)looks on following a policy luncheon on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) will hold a press conference Wednesday morning following the reelection of Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) in Tuesday’s Senate runoff in Georgia against Republican challenger Herschel Walker.

The win is a major boon for Schumer and the Senate Democratic Caucus, moving the party into a decisive majority status rather than the more limited power-sharing agreement currently in place with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.). In one procedural advantage in the coming 51-49 Senate, Democrats will be able to hold majorities on committees, easing the process of moving legislation and appointments to a floor vote. The small increase in numbers also eliminates the power of any single Democratic senator to hold up votes that require only a simple majority.

Warnock’s win caps off an unexpectedly strong midterm performance for Democrats overall.

Schumer is slated to speak at 10 a.m. ET.

Watch the live video above.

Tags Charles Schumer Democratic Party Herschel Walker Mitch McConnell Raphael Warnock

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