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John Lewis remembered after Warnock victory: 'Wish he were here tonight'

John Lewis remembered after Warnock victory: 'Wish he were here tonight'
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Democratic lawmakers paid tribute to the late Rep. John LewisJohn LewisAdvocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout 'Bloody Sunday' to be commemorated for first time without John Lewis Democrats worry Senate will be graveyard for Biden agenda MORE (D-Ga.) after Sen.-elect Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockAdvocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout 'Bloody Sunday' to be commemorated for first time without John Lewis LeBron James's More Than A Vote ad campaign focuses on defending voting rights MORE (D) defeated Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerAdvocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee Bipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks MORE (R) in Tuesday’s runoff Senate election.

Warnock would be the first Black senator to be elected from Georgia, one of the nation's first 13 colonies. 

Lewis, the civil rights legend, died last summer. 

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“Our beloved John Lewis still working his magic tonight in Georgia,” Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalProgressives won't oppose bill over limits on stimulus checks Democrats snipe on policy, GOP brawls over Trump House Democrats' ambitious agenda set to run into Senate blockade MORE (D-Wash.), chairwoman of the House Progressive Caucus, tweeted Tuesday night. “'Never give up, never give in.'”

“My friend John Lewis planted the foundation of this Georgia over his career. I wish he were here tonight to watch this,” Rep. Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellNJ lawmakers ask Gannett to stop 'union-busting' efforts at 3 state newspapers Biden cautious in making Trump tax returns decision Democrats hesitant to raise taxes amid pandemic MORE (D-N.J.) tweeted in the late hours of Tuesday.

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“Thinking about my friend John Lewis right now,” said Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.).

Other public figures also invoked the late congressman and civil rights activist, including lawyer Meena Harris, Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package It will be Vice (or) President Harris against Gov. DeSantis in 2024 — bet on it Trump sued by Democrat over mob attack on Capitol MORE’s niece, and director Rob Reiner.

Warnock serves as the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. served as co-pastor at the time of his assassination.

In 2020, he spoke at Lewis’s funeral at the church. He was projected the winner in the heavily-watched race Tuesday night after the November vote forced a runoff.

Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff is leading Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueAdvocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee Bipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks MORE (R-Ga.). If he prevails, it would give Democrats the Senate majority in a 50-50 Senate, with Vice President-elect Harris breaking ties.