Georgia Senate runoff live updates: Warnock projected to defeat Walker, expand Dem majority
The election was the final battle of the 2022 midterms.
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Georgia’s Senate runoff between Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker came to a close on Tuesday after more than a year of campaigning, several controversies and record-breaking turnout.
While the race didn’t determine control of the Senate, it did increase Democrats’ power in the chamber — where Vice President Kamala Harris currently has to break ties — rather than see the Republicans win a 50th seat and create procedural obstacles.
Walker, a businessman and local football legend, and Warnock, a noted reverend in Atlanta, first faced off in November’s general election. But neither got 50% of the vote as required by state law, leading to Tuesday’s runoff after about a week of early voting.
Warnock projected to defeat Walker, expanding Democrats’ Senate majority
Warnock has defeated Walker in Tuesday’s runoff election in Georgia, ABC News projects.
Warnock’s victory means Democrats will expand their majority in the chamber to 51 seats, compared to Republicans’ 49.
The Georgia runoff was the final election of the 2022 midterms.
Biden says: ‘We’re going to win Georgia’
As he stepped off Air Force Once on Tuesday night, President Joe Biden was asked by a reporter to comment on the election in Georgia.
“We’re going to win,” he replied on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, after returning from a trip to Arizona.
“We’re going to win Georgia.”
He then boarded his vehicle to drive back into Washington.
-ABC News’ Ben Gittleson