The Georgia Senate race between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker appears headed for a runoff, Politico reports.
Warnock, who won his special Senate election in a 2021 runoff, leads Walker 49.4% to 48.5% with 98% of the vote counted, according to the Associated Press.
The race is separated by just 35,000 votes and will head to a runoff if neither candidate passed 50% of the vote.
Warnock addressed the crowd at his election night gathering at around 2 am on Wednesday.
“We’re not sure if this journey is over tonight or if there’s still a little work yet to do,” he said.
Walker on Tuesday told his supporters that he did not “come to lose.”
Georgia was the site of two runoff Senate elections in 2021 that gave Democrats control of the Senate.
Republicans changed the rules after that election, shortening the time between the general election and the runoff. Instead of early January, the runoff election will be held on December 6.
The race is expected to draw a ton of money with control of the Senate on the line again.
“Groups and donors will spend money on Georgia regardless because it’s an important Senate seat, but it’s orders of magnitude larger if control of the Senate is at play,” a Democratic strategist told Politico.
Kemp cruises to re-election:
Georgia appears to have had an unusually large number of ticket splitters this election.
While Walker is at under 49%, Republican Gov. Brian Kemp easily cruised to re-election with more than 53% of the vote.
Democrat Stacey Abrams conceded defeat on Tuesday night.
“It looks like the reports of my political death have been greatly exaggerated," Kemp told supporters at his victory speech.