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Hello, Broadsheet readers! Women business leaders have urged Congress to certify Joe Biden’s victory, only five female founders led IPOs in 2020 and all eyes are on Georgia. Have a productive Wednesday.

– Too close to call. The second round of the Georgia Senate attracts – always! – the attention of Americans this morning as state officials and election officials continue to count the votes in two races that will determine which party controls the Senate.

What we know so far is that Republican Kelly Loeffler does not have a seat. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, defeated the incumbent president, who was appointed to the Senate last year.

Loeffler’s strategy of rebranding herself an uncompromising Trump loyalist – she had sworn to vote against certification of Joe Biden’s victory today – has proved to be a loser. In evaluating its loss, let us also remember early activism WNBA players, who campaigned against Loeffler. The former businesswoman and basketball fanatic is part owner of the league’s Atlanta Dream franchise. When she entered the Senate, she painted herself as “Pro-Second Amendment, pro-Trump, pro-military and pro-Wall”– policies that clashed with the predominant tendencies of the players in the league, who externally advocated social justice and the Black Lives Matter movement. The players refused to say his name aloud and at one point wore ‘Vote Warnock’ t-shirts at games.

Loeffler did not concede. “We have work to do here. It’s a game of thumbs. We are going to win this election, ”she told supporters early Wednesday.

What is still unknown is the outcome of the second round in Georgia, which pits incumbent Republican David Perdue against Democrat Jon Ossoff. At the time of going to press, Ossoff was leading this race.

Race trajectories and the possibility that Georgia could hand over control of the Senate to Democrats are already attributed to the work of Stacey Abrams, who, along with other black activists, has spent years building infrastructure to register hundreds of thousands of new voters in the state. (Kristen wrote on the power of yesterday’s failure, and it should be noted that much of Abrams’ efforts came after she lost the governor of Georgia competition in 2018.)

“With new votes joining the tally, we’re on the right track,” Abrams tweeted Tuesday night, before Warnock’s victory. “But even while we wait for more, let’s celebrate the extraordinary organizers, volunteers, canvassers and tireless groups who have never ceased to exist ever since. [November]. Throughout our state we have roared. A few kilometers to go… but well done! “

The role of Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris is another outcome that depends on the second round. If Ossoff wins and lands the Senate for the Democrats, the chamber will be split 50-50, with the incoming Vice President serving as a tiebreaker. As No. 2 oldest president ever and his likely heir, Harris was already attached as the most senior vice president in US history. If Democrats take the Senate, its influence will only grow.

Claire Zillman
claire.zillman@fortune.com
@clairezillman

Today’s Broadsheet was organized by Emma Hinchliffe.



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