The midterms aren’t over but in Georgia as incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker jockey for the state’s Senate seat in an intense runoff race after neither candidate scored greater than half the vote within the first go.
Right here’s what it is advisable to know because the runoff election will get underway:
The runoff is Dec. 6
The runoff election will likely be held Dec. 6, a couple of month after the November midterms and after a week-and-a-half of early voting.
Early voting began in some counties over the weekend after the Georgia Supreme Courtroom denied a Republican bid to dam a Saturday begin.
Early voting began statewide on Monday, Nov. 28, and runs till the Friday earlier than Election Day, Dec. 2.
Georgians seeking to solid their ballots within the runoff race have to have already registered by the Nov. 7 deadline forward of the midterms.
Early voter turnout is breaking data
Georgia has seen excessive voter turnout all through the midterms, and the runoff race is pulling in file numbers even weeks after November’s Election Day.
On Sunday, extra Georgia voters solid their ballots than on any Sunday previously three basic elections, together with this 12 months, or in final 12 months’s Senate runoff.
On Monday, voter turnout broke the state’s all-time file for a single day of early voting — with greater than 300,000 voters casting their ballots.
The race might increase Democratic management of Senate
Democrats seemed to Georgia all through the midterms as an essential pickup alternative of their battle to maintain management of the Senate.
Surprising wins in different states helped Democrats to 50 seats earlier than Georgia’s race was known as, however the seat continues to be key to figuring out the energy of the blue majority within the higher chamber.
A Warnock win would put Democrats up 51-50, whereas a Walker win would depend on the tiebreaker vote by Vice President Kamala Harris — as within the present 50-50 Senate.
The candidates are neck-and-neck
In November’s basic election, Warnock got here in with 49.44 % of the vote, only a hair forward of Walker with 48.49 %, in keeping with knowledge from the Georgia secretary of state.
A brand new ballot from Frederick Polls, COMPETE Digital and AMM Political launched Tuesday places the candidates deadlocked at 50 % forward of the runoff.
AARP launched a ballot final week that put Warnock forward by 4 proportion factors, although Walker was main amongst voters older than 50.
The candidates have ramped up their campaigns and fundraising because the already tight midterm race stretches into December.