Georgia Senate Runoff concludes today
Georgia voters will decide today between Republican Herschel Walker and incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock in the state's US Senate runoff amid record-breaking early voting. Warnock finished ahead of Walker in the first round of voting, 49.4% to 48.5%, but failed to pass the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff. Support for Warnock, a pastor who won a similar runoff in January 2021, is focused in Atlanta precincts as well as several smaller cities around the state. Walker, a former football star, won more counties than Warnock, although each candidate carried the same number of precincts across the state at roughly 1,300. Key election factors include the roughly 81,000 voters who supported Libertarian candidate Chase Oliver during the first round of voting, as well as undecided suburban independents. Democrats have secured a Senate majority when factoring in Vice President Kamala Harris acting as the tiebreaker. Surveys suggest Warnock enters with a few percentage point lead that remains within the margin of error. Polls close at 7 pm ET.