Election officials on Friday reported heavy turnout on the final day of early voting ahead of Tuesday’s Senate runoff election in Georgia between Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) and Herschel Walker (R).
Voters in some locations reported wait times of more than an hour to cast their ballots, according to county websites.
As of Friday morning, some 1.473 million Georgians had already voted, either in person or by mail, according to the office of the state’s Secretary of State. That’s equal to 37% of the total votes cast in the November 8 midterm election.
Former President Obama on Thursday night spoke to a crowd in Atlanta to try to energize Democrats to vote for incumbent Senator Warnock.
Georgia’s Republican Governor Brian Kemp, who’d kept his distance from Walker during the general election while waging his own reelection battle, has been out stumping for the former NFL player.
Currently Warnock is polling about two points ahead of Walker.
Because Democrats held onto the Senate Majority in the midterm elections thanks to Vice President Harris’ tie-breaking vote, a Warnock win in Georgia would only cement Democrats’ majority while a Walker win would keep the Senate 50/50 with Harris breaking any ties in favor of Democrats.