The Democrats have an outright but slim, majority, 51-49.
Incumbent Democrat Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock beat his Republican challenger Herschel Walker on Tuesday to keep his seat and give Democrats a 51-49 majority in the chamber.
As of 6:31 AM, with over 95% votes in, the tally is at 51.4% to 48.6%. Warnock beat Walker by only 85,000 votes.
From Savannah Morning News:
Warnock’s campaign party had a celebratory mood all evening. Guests, including Hollywood director Spike Lee and Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, gave speeches as the results rolled in. But the announcement that Warnock had won brought the loudest and longest cheer yet.
Warnock himself took the stage just before 11:15 p.m. to deliver his victory speech.
“I want to say thank you from, thank you from the bottom of my heart, and to God be the glory -” he began, before pausing for a roar of approval from the crow. “- for the great things that God has done. And after a hard-fought campaign, or should I say campaigns, it is my honor to utter the four most powerful words ever spoken in a democracy: the people have spoken.”
Warnock recounted his family history, recalling how his mother grew up picking cotton and his father supported the family hauling cars, and his own history growing up in Savannah.
“I am Georgia,” he said. “I am an example and an iteration of its history, of its pain and its promise, of the brutality and the possibility. But because this is America and because we always have a path to make our country greater against unspeakable odds, thank you Georgia.”
Democrats outspent Republicans two-to-one during this four-week runoff:
The margin was $57.2 million for Democrats to $27.3 million for Republicans, according to data from Nov. 9-Dec. 5 provided by AdImpact, a nationally known ad tracking firm.
The biggest spender was the Warnock campaign, at $27.3 million, compared to just $11.5 million by Walker’s team. Campaigns get more bang for their bucks than outside groups such as super PACs when it comes to TV commercial rates.
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