Herschel Walker prepares supporters for a long night
Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker spoke to his supporters at an Atlanta hotel late Tuesday and said final results would take a long time to come.
“I didn’t come here to lose,” said Mr Walker, who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump. He said of incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock: “He will be hard to beat.” He said he understands supporters need to go home, but will stay with the staff in what he calls a “war room”.
Mr. Walker, 60, a former professional football player who plays for the University of Georgia, is challenging the 53-year-old Atlanta pastor.
By about 11 p.m., the two candidates were almost tied, with neither candidate having more than 50% of the vote. A moderate candidate had about 2% of the vote. Under Georgia law, if no candidate wins by more than 50%, the two top vote getters must face each other.
If there is a runoff in the Senate race, it will be held on December 6. Runoff is not uncommon in Georgia. Mr Warnock was elected in a runoff in January 2021.