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 LewisDebt ceiling fight pits corporate America against Republicans House Democrats unveil legislation to curtail presidential power Michelle Obama looks to mobilize voters for midterms MORE (D-Ga.) after Sen.-elect Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockTrump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Trump stokes GOP tensions in Georgia The Memo: Trump's Arizona embarrassment sharpens questions for GOP MORE (D) defeated Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerWarnock picks up major abortion rights group's endorsement in reelection bid Trump endorses Hershel Walker for Georgia Senate seat Herschel Walker's entrance shakes up Georgia Senate race 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 JayapalSunday shows preview: Pelosi announces date for infrastructure vote; administration defends immigration policies On The Money — House pushes toward infrastructure vote Biden's baffling decisions leave allies wondering where they stand 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 PascrellProgressive poll finds support for solar energy tax credit legislation Democrats brace for toughest stretch yet with Biden agenda LIVE COVERAGE: Tax hikes take center stage in Ways and Means markup 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 HarrisTwo 'View' hosts test positive for coronavirus ahead of Harris interview Rep. Karen Bass to run for mayor of Los Angeles: report Biden taps big bank skeptic to for top regulatory post 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 PerdueTrump stokes GOP tensions in Georgia GOP sees Biden crises as boon for midterm recruitment Trump campaign, RNC refund donors another .8 million in 2021: NYT 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.