Over 500,000 voters have cast ballots in Georgia runoff, as poll shows Warnock, Walker tied

Even if Walker wins the runoff, the Senate will still be split 50-50.

Updated: November 29, 2022 - 5:07pm

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More than 500,000 ballots have been cast ahead of Georgia's Dec. 6 Senate runoff election, as a poll released Tuesday showed incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock tied with Republican challenger Herschel Walker.

Data from the Georgia Secretary of State's Office shows that 503,792 people have voted early so far in the election.

The voter turnout comes after a Georgia judge earlier this month ruled in favor of Warnock, the state's Democrat Party and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to allow early voting on Saturdays after holidays, including this past Saturday after Thanksgiving Thursday. 

While Democratic voters often make up the majority of early voters, a survey taken last week by FrederickPolls, COMPETE Digital and AMMPolitical shows Warnock and Walker tied at 50%.

Additionally, 11% of Kemp-Warnock voters said they will vote for Walker in the runoff.

Warnock beat Walker by less than a percentage point in November, but didn't cross the 50% threshold, resulting in a state-required runoff.

The survey polled 939 likely runoff voters and had a margin of error of 3.1%.

If Walker wins the runoff, the Senate will still be split 50-50, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he would still be happy with the win. 

"Fifty is better than 49, and we’re going to give it everything we’ve got,” he told reporters last week, according to The Epoch Times.