(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock will face a runoff election for the second time in a row after neither he nor Republican challenger Herschel Walker were able to garner at least 50% of Georgia’s vote to win the race on Election Day.
Election laws in Georgia state that at least one candidate needs to get at least 50% of the total vote to win the election outright. Warnock was only slightly ahead of Walker after Election Day, but they weren’t able to garner enough votes to win the election then.
That means that Walker and Warnock will face off directly in a runoff election on December 6. Libertarian Chase Olive won 2.1% of the vote during the general election this week, but he won’t be on the runoff ballot.
Walker, who’s a former football star at the University of Georgia and in the NFL, received the backing of former President Donald Trump. That in part helped catapult him to a neck-and-neck race with Warnock, who has been serving on the Senate for two years after winning a runoff election in 2020.
Warnock ran his campaign based around accomplishments he claims he played a part in while in Congress. He also attacked Walker, who has faced a variety of criticism, including that he apparently exaggerated success he’s had in business and reports that he paid for a woman’s abortion in 2009 and then fathered a child with her at a later time.
Now, the two will be embroiled in yet another campaign, albeit a mini one this time around as the runoff will take place in just a few weeks. Early voting will start at the latest by November 28, though some counties may be able to start that sooner. The early voting period will end December 2.
Warnock is no stranger to runoff elections. He won one in 2020 in what ultimately ended up deciding the majority in the Senate for Democrats. The same thing could happen this time around, too, depending on how some of the other elections pan out.
As of Friday morning, Senate elections in both Nevada and Arizona were still too close to call. If those two elections hold as they stood Friday morning, then Republicans would hold 50 seats in the Senate, while Democrats would hold 49.
Under that scenario, the Georgia runoff would once again decide which party would hold power in the upper chamber of Congress. If this does indeed pan out as the situation, then it’s likely that even some potential 2024 presidential candidates could try to weigh in on the election.
That’s because the outcome of who has control of the Senate starting in 2023 could have ripple effects on which party controls the upper chamber of Congress for the first two years of the next president’s term.
As such, many groups associated with the top potential 2024 presidential candidates might start spending money in the lead-up to the Georgia runoff election to get their party’s candidate in office.