As Georgia voters head to the polls for the critical Senate runoff elections, early voting trends are looking positive for Republican nominee Herschel Walker.
Despite Sabato’s Crystal Ball shifting the race from Toss-up to Leans Democratic, the Trump-endorsed Walker is expected to benefit from a strong showing on Election Day.
The Democratic incumbent, Sen. Raphael Warnock, may face challenges in rallying Republican voters as Democrats are set to retain their Senate majority regardless of the outcome in Georgia. This could make it difficult for Warnock to gain the support he needs to secure a victory.
Early voting in the Peach State hit a record high, with over 352,000 ballots cast on Friday alone. The total early vote count is expected to reach nearly 2 million, but this may not be enough to give Warnock the edge he needs.
In order to win the race, Warnock “needs a big Election Day showing,” according to Sabato’s Crystal Ball. However, with Republican voters energized and ready to support Walker, it remains to be seen whether Warnock will be able to overcome this obstacle and secure a win.
Regardless of the outcome in Georgia, Democrats will be defending 23 of the 34 Senate seats up for grabs in the 2024 midterm elections. A win for Walker could provide a much-needed boost for the Republican party and put them in a strong position to take back control of the Senate.
As the polls open, it’s clear that the Georgia Senate runoff elections will be a crucial test for both parties. The outcome will have significant implications for the balance of power in the Senate, and could provide a glimpse into the future of American politics.