Live Updates: Georgia Senate runoff election

Live Updates: Georgia Senate runoff election

Obama congratulates Warnock

An ex-President Barack Obama sent a tweet Wednesday morning congratulating incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock for his victory in the runoff election against Republican Herschel. He said, “Once more, Georgians have proven that they will vote for a leader who will fight their cause.” Congratulations, @ReverendWarnock. “

Once again, Georgians have proven that when it comes time to vote, they’ll show up and vote for a leader who will fight for them. Congratulations, @ReverendWarnock!

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 7, 2022

Obama stumped hard for Warnock in Georgia before the general election and again before the runoff, holding spirited rallies.

Biden calls Warnock to congratulate him

President Biden called Warnock to congratulate him on his win, the president posted on Twitter.

“Tonight Georgia voters stood up for our democracy, rejected Ultra MAGAism, and most importantly: sent a good man back to the Senate. Here’s to six years more,” Mr. Biden tweeted.

Just called @SenatorWarnock to congratulate him on his win.

Tonight Georgia voters stood up for our democracy, rejected Ultra MAGAism, and most importantly: sent a good man back to the Senate. Here’s to six more years.

— President Biden (@POTUS) December 7, 2022

Warnock says “the people have spoken”

Warnock’s crowd was enthusiastic as the senator and senator-elect expressed his gratitude.

“After a hard-fought campaign — or should I say, campaigns,” Warnock said to cheering. “It is my honor and privilege to utter the four strongest words ever spoken in a democracy: They have spoken.”

“I often say that a vote is a kind of prayer for the world we desire for ourselves and for our children,” the reverend continued. “Voting is faith in action. Georgia, you’ve been praying with your lips as well as your legs. Your hands and your feet. Your head and your heart. You have done the hard work and we are now standing together.

Walker says he’s “not going to make any excuses now because we put up one heckuva fight”

Georgia Republican Senate Candidate Herschel Walker Holds Runoff Election Night Event
Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker delivers his concession speech as his wife Julie Blanchard and former football player Doug Flutie look on during an election night event at the College Football Hall of Fame on December 6, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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In brief remarks to his supporters, Walker acknowledged after the race was called for Warnock that the numbers don’t add up for him.

“I don’t want any of you to stop believing in America,” Walker said. Walker stated, “I want you believe in America and to continue to believe the Constitution and to believe that our elected officials are legitimate and to pray for them.”

Walker didn’t mention Warnock by name in his brief remarks. The former football star praised his faith and thanked his wife. He also thanked his team for their support, saying that they “put up with quite a lot.”

“There’s no excuses in life,” Walker said. Walker said, “And I’m going to make no excuses now because it was a helluva fight. “

Schumer says Warnock’s projected win is a victory “for democracy”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will have one more vote at his chamber in Januar. He stated that Warnock’s win “shows once more that Democrats are in harmony with America and MAGA Republicans not”.

“Reverend Warnock’s well-earned win is not just a victory for Georgia, but also for democracy – as the last brick in our firewall against extremist MAGA Republican policies that threaten the very essence of our democracy,” Schumer said. “Tonight we celebrate Raphael, my friend, for Georgia, for a Democratic Senate and most importantly, for our country. Tomorrow we will get back to work. “

CBS News Projects Warnock will defeat Walker

CBS News projects Warnock will beat Walker and retain his seat in the Senate, securing Democrats 51 seats in the Senate.

Warnock’s projected win strengthens Democrats’ leverage in the Senate, allowing them to more easily confirm the president’s nominees and making it less likely they’ll often need Vice President Kamala Harris to break ties.

This is Warnock’s first full six year term.

Long-term impacts of Georgia runoff on Capitol Hill

Long-term impacts of Georgia runoff on Capitol Hill

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As votes in the Georgia runoff election are being tallied, political analysts are examining the long-term effects of the race on Capitol Hill. CBS News political correspondent Caitlin Huey-Burns and CBS News chief election and campaign correspondent Robert Costa joined “Red and Blue” to explain the lasting impacts heading into the 2024 presidential election.

“We’re going to win Georgia,” Biden says

On Tuesday night, President Biden made an optimistic projection to reporters after returning from a day trip in Phoenix.

“We’re going to win,” the president said, asked how he feels about the Peach State. “We are going to win Georgia. “

CBS News describes the race as lean Democratic

CBS News describes the Georgia Senate runoff race to be Democratic. This rating can change as more precincts report total votes.

Polls close in Georgia Senate runoff election

Polls close in Georgia Senate runoff election

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Polls are now closed in Georgia, where Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock is defending his Senate seat against Republican challenger Herschel Walker in a runoff election. CBS News congressional correspondent NikoleKillion joined John Dickerson from Atlanta to discuss the latest.

Ossoff says election outcome “matter deeply to me and to every Georgian”

Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff, who has been campaigning for Warnock, told CBS News’ Nikole Killion on Tuesday that despite that the balance of power is already set, the runoff election is still important.

“Putting aside the national balance of power, national politics, it matters deeply to me and to every Georgian who represents us for the next years in the U.S. Senate,” Ossoff said. “The contrast between Sen. Warnock’s character, in competence, and in integrity is as great as I have ever seen.”

Polls close

The polls are now closed in the Peach State. However, it is unlikely that comprehensive results will be available immediately. Anyone who was present at a polling station prior to 7 p.m. can still vote.

Final day of voting in Georgia Senate runoff underway after hotly contested race

Final day of voting in Georgia Senate runoff underway after hotly contested race

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Tuesday is the final day of voting in Georgia’s hotly contested Senate runoff. The incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock will be fighting for his seat against Trump-backed challenger Herschel Wade. Aaron Navarro, a CBS News political reporter, discussed the latest developments in Norcross (Georgia).

Biden set the “messaging” for Democrats in midterm elections, Jean-Pierre says

When asked Tuesday if President Joe Biden would do any last-minute outreach to Georgia, Karine Jean-Pierre, White House press secretary, reiterated Tuesday that Mr. Biden had phonebanked Warnock over the weekend. Jean-Pierre stated that Mr. Biden was responsible for the “messaging” of the Democrats during the midterm elections.

Mr. Biden did not travel to Georgia to campaign ahead of the runoff, although former President Barack Obama campaigned with Warnock over the weekend.

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