Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate Runoff

Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate Runoff

In Georgia’s Senate runoff during early voting on Monday, more than a quarter million people cast their votes, setting the state’s record for a single early voting day as incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) and Republican challenger Herschel Walker compete for the crucial seat.

“Just…WOW! Georgia voters have broken the previous early voting turnout record with today’s 300,438 votes cast, thanks to the dedication of county election and poll workers, according to chief election official Gabriel Sterling’s Twitter update.

A representative for Georgia’s secretary of state told The Hill that the previous high for a single early voting day was roughly 233,000. According to Sterling, Georgia voters “blew up the old record” that was established on the final day of early voting for the 2018 midterm elections.

In the general election for the midterms, neither Warnock nor Walker received more than 50% of the vote. This forced a runoff and prolonged the heated campaigns until Dec. 6.

With 50 members, Democrats have already won the Senate, and Vice President Harris will vote to break ties. Whether they increase their upper chamber majority or whether Republicans maintain a 50-50 Senate divide will depend on the Georgia election.

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Georgia experienced record voter turnout during the midterm elections in November, and since the early voting period for the runoff election began over the weekend, the state has experienced similarly astounding numbers.

In the general elections of 2018, 2020, and 2022, as well as the 2021 Senate runoff, more Georgians cast ballots on Sunday than on any other Sunday, the Georgia secretary of state’s office verified to The Hill on Monday.

As of little after midnight on Monday, more than 181,000 Georgians have already cast their votes, according to data from the Georgia secretary of state. With a second chance to win the Senate seat, Warnock and Walker have accelerated their efforts. In the general election, the Democrats held a 1-point advantage.