Georgia Is Headed to a Senate Runoff. What Happens Next?
Neither Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock nor Republican Herschel Walker gained over 50% of the vote in Georgia on Election Day, multiple outlets projected, likely pushing the race into a December 6 runoff.
For Context: If other battleground Senate races go the way they’re currently leaning, Georgia will determine whether Republicans or Democrats control the Senate in January. This isn’t the first time it’s all come down to Georgia — the state’s runoffs after the 2020 election handed Democrats their current razor-thin majority.
Third-Party in Focus: While Warnock and Walker respectively received 49.41% and 48.52% of the vote, according to The New York Times (Lean Left bias), Libertarian candidate Chase Oliver received 2.07%. Oliver’s role in preventing a first-round winner stands in contrast with Arizona Libertarian Marc Victor, who dropped out of the race one week before Election Day to avoid drawing support away from Republican Blake Masters.
How the Media Covered It: Coverage was widespread across the spectrum, particularly in politics-focused outlets like Politico (Lean Left bias) and Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias). Several top homepage headlines said the election was “Down to Georgia.”
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From the CenterPivotal Georgia Senate race between Warnock and Walker headed to a runoff, secretary of state says
The hotly contested Georgia Senate race will head to a runoff between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican former NFL player Herschel Walker, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said.
Neither candidate will garner the 50% of the vote needed to clinch the seat outright under state rules. The two Senate hopefuls will head to a Dec. 6 runoff.
“Right now we have less than 20,000 total votes still out to be counted. That’s not enough to change the race. So this is headed for a runoff,” Raffensperger said Wednesday morning on...
From the LeftWalker, Warnock headed for runoff next month in Georgia Senate race
In the Georgia Senate race, ABC News reports that no candidate will receive more than 50% of the vote in Tuesday's midterm elections.
There will be a Dec. 6 runoff election between Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker.
As of Wednesday morning, with 96% of the expected vote reported, Warnock and Walker are tied at 49% each with Warnock leading by some 17,000 votes.
The Georgia Senate race was one of the most competitive in the country and seen as both a key part of Democrats' plans...
From the RightMidterm update: Walker and Warnock advance to runoff in Georgia Senate race
The Georgia Senate race has advanced to a runoff after neither Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) nor Herschel Walker (R-GA) secured 50% of the vote.
Warnock and Walker will compete once again on Dec. 6 after ending the general election with 49.4% and 48.5% of the vote, respectively, as of Wednesday afternoon. Georgia law requires the top two candidates to advance to a runoff if no one nabs a majority of ballots cast.
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