Georgians turned out in record numbers for a runoff election on Tuesday, casting more than 4 million votes. That high-water mark came weeks after the state surpassed 5 million votes, another record, in the Nov. 3 election. Yahoo News talked to several voters in Fulton County, which Warnock and Ossoff won by a margin of 72.5 percent and 71.6 percent, respectively. They shared why it was important for them to vote in this year’s runoff race.
TOBIAS BROWN: We've had four years of what we've had. It's time for a change. Just try something different. We definitely had to get rid of our President. We've done that. And now we've got to give this President an equal chance. And we learned from Obama that unless we give the President the Congress he needs, you don't get anything done.
KERRY O'BRIEN: I really wish that we could become more united as a country. I don't know that that's going to happen, but I did vote for the Democratic candidates today. I'm not a member of the Democratic party, but I just happened to really like Warnock and Ossoff. Atlanta, I realize, is becoming more of a bubble. And someone told me recently that there are so many transplants down here now that that's kind of what impacted the state turning blue. And I myself am from Rochester, New York, so I'm from up north as well, didn't grow up around here.
JASON MCCLENDON: It's been quite the experience to not be able to watch any television shows without seeing four political ads and receiving five text messages and two calls an hour. I think that it's unfortunate that so much national money gets brought into such a small-- no, it's not, it's a whole entire state, but I don't think that California should be donating to influence what happens in Georgia and vise versa. So I'm a little bit disappointed in the national attention that it got.
But I understand it's going to make or break Congress so I do understand the reality of it. And I think that we can all be friends no matter what side that we're on. And I think that that would be a great start to our country, is that it comes together instead of dividing and staying apart.
BERNITA BANKS: To be honest, I didn't want to come back out. But I've always voted every election since I began voting. So I feel like my vote counts at some point, or at least I hope that it does. So just trying to increase the numbers, that's it. I'm mostly a Democrat, but at the same time, this election has made me kind of not really be certain that both parties are for us.
- Why is that?
BERNITA BANKS: Um, just the politics.