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Here are the results in Georgia's Senate runoff election

Herschel Walker, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate for Georgia, left, and incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock.
Herschel Walker, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate for Georgia, left, and incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock.

Georgia's U.S. Senate election is in extra time.

Neither Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock nor his scandal-plagued Republican challenger, Herschel Walker, received at least 50% of the vote in the general election, meaning the two are in a runoff.

A win by Warnock would increase Democrats' margin in the Senate to 51-49, while a victory by Walker, a former football star, would narrow the chamber to 50-50. (Democrats would still control a tied Senate due to the vice president's tie-breaking vote.) The extra cushion of winning in Georgia would mean control of Senate committees and more leeway in tight votes.

The race has been almost as much about the biographies of these two candidates as the policy positions they support.

Walker has leaned into his status as one of the University of Georgia's most revered players to deflect one controversy after another, including allegations of domestic abuse and claims that he paid for ex-girlfriends' abortions despite his anti-abortion stance as a candidate. He denies those claims.

Warnock is senior pastor at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s church in Atlanta, and talks a lot about how King shaped his outlook and his approach to serving in the Senate.

These two unique candidates each represent two very different and central institutions in the state.

With just four short weeks to get Georgians voting again, there was a rush of spending on TV ads, with some $79 million poured into buying airtime. Spending by groups supporting Warnock has more than doubled contributions from groups backing Walker, according to data from the ad-tracking firm AdImpact and analyzed by NPR.


Information for voters: WABE Atlanta's Voter Hub, Georgia Public Broadcasting's Voting FAQ

Click these links for results for the state's notable attorney general and secretary of state races.

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