Sen. Warnock’s victory in Georgia

December 7, 2022
black voting box with person inserting piece of paper

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.

Senator Raphael Warnock in his victory speech on Tuesday night. Sen. Warnock (D) beat Herschel Walker (R) in the runoff election, securing the U.S. Senate an outright Democratic majority for 2023.

Why It Matters: Senator Warnock's re-election will give Democrats a 51-49 majority in the Senate beginning in January. Prior to Sen. Warnock's win, Vice President Harris had to break ties in the 50-50 Senate. The Georgia race was reportedly this year's most expensive race with more than $400 million spent.

Important Context: Georgia is only one of two states – alongside Louisiana – that requires a runoff election when no candidate receives at least 50% of the vote.

In Walker's concession speech Tuesday night, he said, “There’s no excuses in life, and I am not going to make any excuses now because we put up one heck of a fight.”

Democratic Sen. Warnock wins Georgia runoff against Walker (The Associated Press)

by Jenna Lee,