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Walker Warnock Runoff Georgia Senate Result

(NewsNation) – After neither candidate got enough votes to win the Georgia Senate race, incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and his Republican opponent Herschel Walker will head to a runoff election, according to NewsNation/ Decision Desk HQ.

The race between Warnock and Walker has been fraught with controversy that thrust opponents into the national spotlight for months before Election Day.

Now that the two Senate candidates are separated by less than 1%, with neither meeting the 50% threshold, voters will return to the polls on December 6.

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“We hope voters don’t get tired because that’s where you can exercise your invaluable right to vote: the right to vote,” Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said in an interview with NewsNation on Wednesday.

“So we’re going to ask everyone to come out one more time. I know candidates do it on both sides. Ultimately it’s up to the voters to decide, but we’re going to make sure we have a fair and honest election,” Raffensperger said.

NewsNation contacted Warock and Walker’s teams, but received no statement.

However, last night at their watch parties, they told their supporters that they knew it was going to take a while and that everyone felt confident of winning this Senate race.

Walker, who ran on an anti-abortion platform, was plagued with criticism after several women came forward alleging he pressured and paid for their abortions. Walker argued that the women were lying and said he supports Georgia’s heartbeat bill, which bans nearly all abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. On the other hand, Warnock said he supports a woman’s right to choose.

Warnock — a pastor at the famed Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta — was not without controversy during the campaign. He was accused of attempting to evict chronically homeless residents from a public housing complex owned by his church. Warnock argued that the allegations are false. Asked about personal integrity during a debate, Warnock did not directly answer several questions on the expulsion issue.

Faith played an outsized role in Georgia’s Senate race — a state where nearly 80% of adults identify as Christian — with the two candidates discussing their faith during the campaign trail. The sitting senator is pastor of the famous church where Dr Martin Luther King Jr. co-pastored in the 1960s. Meanwhile, Walker regularly describes himself as a ‘man of faith’ and has credited God with having him helped overcome his mental health issues.

Walker and Warnock took starkly different positions on President Joe Biden’s executive action in August, canceling some federal student loan debt. Warnock said canceling the loans would ‘stimulate entrepreneurship, home ownership, it would help kids in technical schools and vocational schools, not just four-year colleges, but we need reform “. Walker expressed his position on the matter bluntly, saying the student loan forgiveness was “unfair”, adding, “I didn’t co-sign for anyone’s loans.”

In the months and weeks leading up to Election Day, polls indicated the race was close, with less than two points between the two opponents just days away. Warnock held a large advantage over Walker in campaign finances, with the incumbent raising $86.5 million and spending $75.9 million compared to the $31.6 million raised and $24.2 million spent by the former soccer star.

The outcome of this race will affect the partisan balance of the US Senate. Of the 100 Senate seats, 35 will see midterm elections, including a special election. Democrats have an effective majority in the chamber, with a 50-50 split and Vice President Kamala Harris casting the deciding vote. Democrats hold 14 seats and Republicans 21 seats for the 2022 midterm elections.

This is a developing story. Please check for updates.

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