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CBS News projects Warnock wins Georgia Senate runoff

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Biden calls Warnock to congratulate him

President Biden called Warnock to congratulate him on his win, the president posted on Twitter. 

"Tonight Georgia voters stood up for our democracy, rejected Ultra MAGAism, and most importantly: sent a good man back to the Senate. Here's to six more years," Mr. Biden tweeted. 

Just called @SenatorWarnock to congratulate him on his win.

Tonight Georgia voters stood up for our democracy, rejected Ultra MAGAism, and most importantly: sent a good man back to the Senate. Here’s to six more years.

— President Biden (@POTUS) December 7, 2022
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Warnock says "the people have spoken"

Warnock's crowd was enthusiastic as the senator and senator-elect expressed his gratitude.

"After a hard-fought campaign — or should I say, campaigns," Warnock said to cheering. "It is my honor to utter the four most powerful words ever spoken in a democracy: The people have spoken." 

"I often say that a vote is a kind of prayer for the world we desire for ourselves and for our children," the reverend continued. "Voting is faith put into action. And Georgia, you have been praying with your lips and your legs. With your hands and your feet. Your heads and your hearts. You have put in the hard work, and here we are standing together." 


Walker says he's "not going to make any excuses now because we put up one heckuva fight"

Georgia Republican Senate Candidate Herschel Walker Holds Runoff Election Night Event
Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker delivers his concession speech as his wife Julie Blanchard and former football player Doug Flutie look on during an election night event at the College Football Hall of Fame on December 6, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.  / Getty Images

In brief remarks to his supporters, Walker acknowledged after the race was called for Warnock that the numbers don't add up for him.

"I don't want any of you to stop believing in America," Walker said. "I want you to believe in America and continue to believe in the Constitution and believe in our elected officials and most of all, continue to pray for them." 

Walker didn't mention Warnock by name in his brief remarks. The former football star pointed to his faith, and thanked his wife for her support. He also thanked his team, saying they "put up with a lot." 

"There's no excuses in life," Walker said. "And I'm not going to make any excuses now because we put up one heckuva fight."


Schumer says Warnock's projected win is a victory "for democracy"

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who will have one more vote in his chamber come Januar, said in a statement that Warnock's victory "shows once again that Democrats are in sync with America and MAGA Republicans are not." 

"Reverend Warnock's well-earned win is not just a victory for Georgia, but also for democracy – as the last brick in our firewall against extremist MAGA Republican policies that threaten the very essence of our democracy," Schumer said. "Tonight, we celebrate – for my friend Raphael, for his beloved state of Georgia, for a Democratic Senate, and most of all, for our country. Tomorrow, we will roll up our sleeves and get back to work."


CBS News projects Warnock will beat Walker

CBS News projects Warnock will beat Walker and retain his seat in the Senate, securing Democrats 51 seats in the Senate. 

Warnock's projected win strengthens Democrats' leverage in the Senate, allowing them to more easily confirm the president's nominees and making it less likely they'll often need Vice President Kamala Harris to break ties. 

This is Warnock's first full six year term.


Long-term impacts of Georgia runoff on Capitol Hill

As votes in the Georgia runoff election are being tallied, political analysts are examining the long-term effects of the race on Capitol Hill. CBS News political correspondent Caitlin Huey-Burns and CBS News chief election and campaign correspondent Robert Costa joined "Red and Blue" to explain the lasting impacts heading into the 2024 presidential election.


"We're going to win Georgia," Biden says

 President Biden offered an optimistic projection to reporters Tuesday night upon his return from a day trip to Phoenix. 

"We're going to win," the president said, asked how he feels about the Peach State. "We're going to win Georgia."


CBS News characterizes the race as lean Democratic

CBS News characterizes Georgia Senate runoff race as leaning Democratic. This rating can change throughout the night as more precincts report their vote totals. 


Polls close in Georgia Senate runoff election

Polls are now closed in Georgia, where Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock is defending his Senate seat against Republican challenger Herschel Walker in a runoff election. CBS News congressional correspondent Nikole Killion joined John Dickerson on "Prime Time" from Atlanta to discuss the latest.


Ossoff says election outcome "matter deeply to me and to every Georgian"

Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff, who has been campaigning for Warnock, told CBS News' Nikole Killion on Tuesday that despite that the balance of power is already set, the runoff election is still important.

"Putting aside the national balance of power, national politics, it matters deeply to me and to every Georgian who represents us for the next years in the U.S. Senate," Ossoff said. "The contrast between Sen. Warnock and his opponent in character, in competence, in integrity is as vast as I've ever seen." 


Polls close

The polls have closed across the Peach State, although comprehensive results won't be available immediately. Anyone who was in line at a polling station before 7 p.m. can still cast a ballot. 


Final day of voting in Georgia Senate runoff underway after hotly contested race

Tuesday is the final day of voting in Georgia's hotly contested Senate runoff. Democratic incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock is looking to defend his seat against Trump-backed challenger Herschel Walker. CBS News political reporter Aaron Navarro discussed the latest in Norcross, Georgia.


Biden set the "messaging" for Democrats in midterm elections, Jean-Pierre says

When asked if President Joe Biden would be doing any last-minute outreach in Georgia, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre repeated Tuesday that Mr. Biden had phonebanked for Warnock over the weekend. Jean-Pierre said Mr. Biden set the "messaging" for Democrats in the midterm elections. 

Mr. Biden did not travel to Georgia to campaign ahead of the runoff, although former President Barack Obama campaigned with Warnock over the weekend.