Election 2022 Senate Georgia

This combination of photos shows, Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Aug. 3, 2021, left, and Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker speaking in Perry, Ga., Sept. 25, 2021. (AP Photo)

Herschel Walker staged a dramatic come from behind victory over incumbent U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock in Baldwin County.

Walker’s victory helped assure Republicans of a sweep in the contested races in Baldwin County.

But elsewhere across Georgia, the two candidates were running neck and neck in early statewide returns.

At one point in Baldwin County, Walker trailed Warnock by a mere 30 votes. The numbers stayed that way until three additional precincts were tallied and Walker captured his biggest lead of the night — a lead he never relinquished.

Unofficial election returns released by Baldwin County Elections Superintendent Todd A. Blackwell revealed that Walker garnered 7,416 votes to Warnock’s 7,324 votes.

The election marked Walker’s first time running for political office. The Republican candidate, a former football great and Heisman Trophy winner at the University of Georgia, grew up in the tiny town of Wrightsville in Johnson County.

During the campaign, Walker visited Milledgeville and received a lot of interest from local Republican supporters.

Warnock also visited Milledgeville on his bus tour across the state during the campaign. He received a rousing welcome when his bus rolled up to Allen’s Market in downtown Milledgeville.

Warnock, a Democrat and senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used to preach, has served in the U.S. Senate for nearly two years. 

For the past month, political polls have indicated that the race between the two candidates was at a dead heat.

Both candidates have jabbed each other repeatedly in political ads over the past few weeks.

Early returns from several counties across the Peach State on Tuesday night revealed the race between the two men going back and forth.

Larger counties in the metro-Atlanta area were still tallying votes as of press time Tuesday night.

The matchup will help decide which party controls the Senate for the final two years of President Joe Biden’s term.

Georgia requires a majority to win statewide office, and with polls suggesting a close race and a third-party candidate on the ballot, it’s possible neither Warnock nor Walker will surpass the 50% threshold, resulting in a runoff on Dec. 6.

 

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