U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker were locked in a tight race in Georgia on Tuesday night as elections officials continued to count ballots in the state that determined partisan control of the Senate nearly two years ago and could do so again in these midterm elections.
The question is whether either contender can win the contest outright or they head to a Dec. 6 runoff. Georgia requires a majority to win statewide office, and with incomplete returns showing a close race with a third-party candidate on the ballot, it remained possible that neither Warnock nor Walker will surpass the 50% threshold. It was too early for The Associated Press to call the race.
“We’re not sure if this journey is over tonight or if there’s still a little work yet to do,” Warnock told the supporters who remained in an Atlanta hotel ballroom just before 2 a.m. Wednesday.
“I understand that at this late hour you may be a little tired,” the Senator continued, “but whether it’s later tonight or tomorrow or four weeks from now, we will hear from the people of Georgia.”