Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia has won over Trump-endorsed Herschel Walker for Senate in the runoff election that ended Tuesday. This gives Democrats an outright majority in the Senate, ensuring that Sen. Chuck Schumer can maintain his position as majority leader. It means Republicans have lost one seat in the Senate, and Democrats no longer need Vice President Kamala Harris to break a tie.
Warnock was leading Walker 50.4% to 49.6% when the race was called by the Associated Press, which determined not enough votes remained uncounted to change the outcome. This victory gives Warnock a full six-year term, after he won a two-year term when he beat Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler. Loffler had been appointed to the seat by Gov. Brian Kemp after Sen. Johnny Isakson resigned in 2019 for health reasons.
The Warnock-Walker race was the most expensive in 2022 across the country, according to OpenSecrets.org, with spending by general election candidates and outside groups exceeding to $380.7 million as of Nov. 29. Warnock raised more money than any other federal candidate this election cycle, according to OpenSecrets data. He raised twice as much money as Walker raised.
This win by Democrats not only gives the party more power, it also hobbles Republicans who hope to take back control of the Senate in 2024.