Jon Ossoff by the Forward

A century after Leo Frank, Jewish Twitter reacts to the first Jewish Senator from the Deep South since reconstruction

The Associated Press has called the the two contests for Georgia’s senate in favor of the Rev. Raphael Warnock, and Jon Ossoff, both democratic candidates.

Ossoff — who became the first Jewish Senator from the Deep South since Reconstruction — already declared victory in a thank-you video to his voters Wednesday morning.

Warnock will be the first Black senator from Georgia, a state that was home to the rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan. Ossoff will be the first Jewish senator from the state that saw both the lynching of a Jew, Leo Frank, and the bombing of a synagogue in the late 1950s.

The historic moment was not lost on Jewish Twitter users.

Nor have the modern incidents of antisemitism that marked Ossoff’s own campaign been forgotten.

For southern Jews, who are often less visible in American society than the larger communities on the coasts, an Ossoff win would create a powerful moment of recognition.

There were also some more light-hearted takes.

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David Ian Klein

David Ian Klein

David Ian Klein covers breaking news and international Jewish communities for the Forward. You can reach him at Klein@forward.com and on Twitter @davidianklein .

Twitter reacts to a Jewish Senator from the South

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