"If Stacey Abrams doesn't win in Georgia, they stole it," Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said at a civil rights forum on Capitol Hill. "It's clear. It's clear," as Brown complained about efforts to close voting precincts in a more rural African-American area of the state.
"They can't win elections fairly; they win elections by redistricting and reapportionment, and voter suppression," Brown added to applause.
Soon after, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) told the same group there had been "massive voter suppression" in the state of Georgia, as Democrats vowed again to focus on the need for action on voting rights, especially in southern states.
But other than venting their frustration over Republican vote advantages in Florida and Georgia, there was little that Democrats could do from Washington - other than wait to see what would happen in Tallahassee and Atlanta.
"Every vote should be counted," Sen. Schumer said, as it seemed possible that legal battles would stretch for days in the two states.
Those legal battles had already left a sour taste in the mouth of Republicans as well.
"That isn’t a strategy to win an election, that is a strategy to steal an election," said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).