Herschel Walker and Sen. Raphael Warnock Appear Headed Toward Runoff in Georgia Senate Race

CNSNews.com Staff | November 9, 2022 | 2:51pm EST
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(CNSNews.com) - Republican candidate Herschel Walker and incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock appear headed toward a December 6 runoff election in Georgia to see who will be elected to the U.S. Senate.

Georgia law requires a candidate to win 50 percent of the vote plus one to be elected.

With 99 percent of the vote reported, Warnock had 49.2 percent and Walker had 48.7 percent. Libertarian candidate Chase Oliver was in third place with 2.1 percent of the vote.

Write-in candidates also had received 1,588 votes.

Warnock dominated the vote in the Atlanta area and in Savannah. Walker dominated in more rural areas of the state.

In Fulton County, where Atlanta is located, Warnock led Walker 73 percent to 25.2 percent with 95 percent of the vote reported.

In DeKalb County to the East of Atlanta, Warnock had 84.1 percent and Walker had 14.1 percent with 91.3 percent of the vote reported. In Cobb County to the North and West of Atlanta, Warnock had 56.7 percent and Walker had 40.5 percent with 95 percent of the vote reported. In Douglas County to the West of Atlanta, Warnock had 64.7 percent and Walker had 33.29 percent with 91.7 percent of the vote reported.

In Chatham County, where Savannah is located, Warnock  had 59.4 percent and Walker had 38.9 percent with 95 percent of the vote reported.

By contrast, in rural Rabun County in the northeast corner of Georgia, Walker had 75,3 percent and Warnock had 22 percent with 95 percent of the vote counted. In rural Camden County in the southeast corner of Georgia, Walker had 65.4 percent and Warnock had 32.2 percent with 95 percent of the vote reported.

In rural Dade County in the northwest corner of Georgia, Walker had 80.7 percent and Warnock had 17.1 percent with 95 percent of the vote reported. In Seminole County in the southwest corner of Georgia, Walker had 71 percent and Warnock had 27.3 percent with 90.1 percent of the vote counted.

Walker, a Georgia native, played running back for the University of Georgia and won the Heisman Trophy in 1982. He then played professional football in the USFL and the NFL.

In a tweet sent out in the early hours of Wednesday, Gabriel Sterling, the chief operating officer for the Georgia secretary of state, said: “While county officials are still doing the detailed work on counting the votes, we feel it is safe to say there will be a runoff for the U.S. Senate here in Georgia slated for December 6.

 
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