CBS News predicts that incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock won the runoff vote for the Senate in Georgia, defeating Republican challenger Herschel Walker.
This will be Warnock’s first full six-year term.
In his victory speech, Warnock referred to his “hard-fought campaign” and said, “People have spoken” amid cheers of “Six more years!”
“Some people will look at the results and say there is no voter suppression in Georgia,” Warnock said. “Let’s be clear, just because people endured long lines, long lines a few blocks long around the building, endured the rain and the cold, endured the ruse to vote. That doesn’t mean voter suppression doesn’t exist, it just means people have decided not to silence your voice.”
In the general election, Warnock edged Walker with more than 37,000 votes, but with 49.4% of the votes, Warnock failed to cross the 50% threshold required to avoid the runoff vote.
A record-breaking number of early voters turned up in the runoff, breaking all previous records. More than 1.8 million people voted early, according to Gabriel Sterling, one of his top election officials in the state. On Friday, the final day of early voting, more than 353,000 Georgians turned out to vote, making it the largest day of early voting in history. According to Sterling.
early voting Democratic-leaning counties around Atlanta, including Fulton, Gwinnett, and DeKalb counties, had the highest runoff rates. Some Republican leaders are looking forward to the next election, knowing they need more early voting to stay competitive.
“What we need is for voters to vote early.” RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said on Fox News early Tuesday. “I’ve said this many times. In 2020, there were a lot of people saying, ‘Don’t vote by mail, don’t vote early.’ We have to stop that.”
But former President Trump has said the opposite: when he announced his candidacy for the third term, he called for “paper ballots, same-day voting, voter ID” and said that “every ballot is I hope it counts in elections.Night.”
ever sinceSuccessful defenses of other seats in November’s midterm elections ensured Democrats control of the Senate regardless of Tuesday’s outcome. But they don’t have to strike a power-sharing pact with the Republicans, so they have more power to control the 51-49 House.
Walker got last-minute endorsement from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and former President Donald Trump held a tele-rally for Walker over the weekend. Walker told CBS News’ Nicole Killion Tuesday morning that he believes they will win by 100,000 votes.
Warnock spent Tuesday with campaigners to campaign. He told Nikole Killion of his CBS News he felt early turnout was good for his campaign and “now we’re going to win this election.”
according to election day exit pollsGeorgia voters were split on the most important qualities in a candidate: 36% said it was most important for a candidate to share values, and 32% said the candidate’s They said that honesty and honesty are of the utmost importance to them.
Ahead of the general election, Walker’s campaign launched in OctoberThat he paid for at least one woman to have an abortion. He denies the allegations, and Republicans nationwide are sticking with him.
Georgia played an important role in that 2020 electionwhen the race for both Senate seats began , eventually changing both seats from Republicans to Democrats. Incumbent Republican Senator David Perdue led John Ossoff with 49.7% of the vote on election night, but fell short in the Jan. 5, 2021 runoff. In his 21-man campaign on Election Day, he won a special election to fill the vacancy left when Senator Johnny Isakson resigned.
Elizabeth Campbell and Aaron Navarro contributed to this report.
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