Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock on Tuesday defeated Republican challenger Herschel Walker to secure his re-election and a clean Democratic Senate majority, The Washington Post reports.
Warnock, a pastor, defeated the former NFL running back by nearly three percentage points in the Senate run-off after finishing about a point ahead of him in the general election.
Walker performed well in rural counties but could not match Warnock’s growing strength in urban and suburban districts.
Warnock previously won a special election in 2021, defeating Republican Kelly Loeffler in a run-off.
Warnock’s win gives the Democrats 51 seats in the Senate, which means the party will no longer need to take part in a power-sharing agreement with the GOP and can speed up federal and judicial nominations.
The result also caps off an embarrassing midterm slate for Trump that saw many of his candidates lose in competitive states.
Warnock on Tuesday said that he was honored to “utter the four most powerful words ever spoken in a democracy: the people have spoken.”
“I’m proud of the bipartisan work I’ve done,” he said, “and I intend to do more because I actually believe that at the end of the day, we’re all Americans.”
Walker conceded the race on Tuesday and said he would not make excuses because “we put out one heck of a fight.”
Walker’s son goes off:
Walker’s estranged son Christian, a right-wing influencer, celebrated his father’s defeat.
Christian Walker called his father a “backstabber” and lamented that the GOP made his father the candidate because “he was the same skin color as his opponent.”
“The Truth: Trump called my dad for months DEMANDING that he run. Everyone with a brain begged him: ‘PLEASE DON’T DO THIS. This is too dirty, you have an insane past… PLEASE DONT DO THIS,’” Walker tweeted. “We got the middle finger. He ran.”
“Republicans, we say we don’t play ‘identity politics’ and then you ran this man mainly because he was the same skin color as his opponent with no background other than football,” he added. “A boring old Republican could have won.”