Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock will win Georgia's runoff, CNN projects, defeating GOP challenger, former football player Herschel Walker, and solidifying the Democrats' majority in the Senate.
Warnock's win gives Democrats 51 seats in the Senate, providing the party with a majority that likely won’t have to rely as heavily on Vice President Kamala Harris' tie-breaking vote and also allows Majority Leader Chuck Schumer more control of key committees and some slack in potentially divisive judicial and administrative confirmation fights.
This election was Warnock’s fourth campaign in two years. In 2020, he ran against appointed GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler to finish former Sen. Johnny Isakson’s term. That race also went to a runoff that Warnock won in January 2021. Warnock and Georgia Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff’s runoff victories gave Democrats control of the Senate for the first two years of President Joe Biden's administration.
This runoff was held after neither candidate was able to receive more than 50% of the vote during the midterm election held on Nov. 8.
CNN's Nicquel Terry Ellis and Brandon Tensley contributed reporting to this post.
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