by Nathan Layne
atlantaDec. 7 – Democrat Raphael Warnock won re-election to the US Senate in a close runoff in Georgia on Tuesday, consolidating his party’s razor-thin majority by facing Republican former football star Herschel Walker.
Warnock’s projected victory was tight. With 99% of the vote counted, according to Edison Research, he led Walker 50.8% to 49.2%.
The result cements Georgia as a battleground state that is certain to play a major role in the 2024 presidential election. Democrats have won three Senate races in the past two years in the former Republican bastion, and Democratic President Joe Biden won the state. In 2020.
“Let us celebrate for a while on this mountain. Let’s dance because we deserve it. But tomorrow we’ll be back in the valley to work,” Baptist preacher Warnock told the crowd of supporters.
Walker’s defeat is also a setback in Donald Trump’s quest for the Republican nomination again in the race for the White House in 2024. The former president endorsed Walker and dozens of other high-profile Republicans in this year’s midterm elections, but found them with mixed results in the most competitive races.
Walker’s campaign has been plagued by bitter allegations. A staunch defender of abortion, he was also plagued by reports that he had paid several ex-girlfriends to have abortions, allegations he denied.
Warnock brought up these issues on the campaign trail and in a barrage of television commercials that made the race the costliest of the 2022 midterm election season, with more than $400 million spent.