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Democrat Warnock beats Walker in Georgia runoff

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESSAtlanta - 6 December 20221. Wide pan, audience cheers as Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock is projected to win the Georgia Senate seat, broadcast on news report that they're watchingHEADLINE: Democrat Warnock beats Walker in Georgia runoffANNOTATION: Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock defeated Republican challenger Herschel Walker in a Georgia runoff election Tuesday.2. Mid, Senator Raphael Warnock walks onto stage as supporters cheerANNOTATION: Warnock's second runoff victory in as many years gives Democrats a 51-49 Senate majority and caps an underwhelming midterm cycle for Republicans.3. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Raphael Warnock, (D) Georgia:"And after a hard fought campaign, or should I say campaigns? It is my honor to utter the four most powerful words ever spoken in a democracy: The people have spoken."4. Former football player Doug Flutie introduces Herschel Walker UPSOUND Flutie: "One heck of a man, Herschel Walker."UPSOUND Walker: "Hello.ANNOTATION: Walker spoke on Tuesday night and did not argue with the election results.5. SOUNDBITE (English) Herschel Walker, (R) Lost Georgia U.S. Senate race:"But one of the things I said is that when they call the raise that the numbers look like they’re not going to add up."6. SOUNDBITE (English) Herschel Walker, (R) Lost Georgia U.S. Senate race:"There's no excuses in life. And I'm not going to make any excuses now because we put up one heck of a fight. That's what we got to do."7. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Raphael Warnock, (D) Georgia:"After, after a hard fought campaign, you got me for six more years.(crowd cheers: 'Six more years.')" ANNOTATION: About 1.9 million runoff votes were cast in Georgia by mail and during early voting. A robust Election Day turnout added about 1.4 million more.STORYLINE: Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock defeated Republican challenger Herschel Walker in a Georgia runoff election Tuesday, ensuring Democrats an outright majority in the Senate for the rest of President Joe Biden’s current term and capping an underwhelming midterm cycle for the GOP in the last major vote of the year.With Warnock’s second runoff victory in as many years, Democrats will have a 51-49 Senate majority, gaining a seat from the current 50-50 split with John Fetterman’s victory in Pennsylvania. There will be divided government, however, with Republicans having narrowly flipped House control.“After a hard-fought campaign - or, should I say, campaigns - it is my honor to utter the four most powerful words ever spoken in a democracy: The people have spoken,” Warnock, 53, told jubilant supporters who packed a downtown Atlanta hotel ballroom. In last month’s election, Warnock led Walker by 37,000 votes out of almost 4 million cast, but fell short of the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff. The senator appeared to be headed for a wider final margin in Tuesday's runoff, with Walker, a football legend at the University of Georgia and in the NFL, unable to overcome a bevy of damaging allegations, including claims that he paid for two former girlfriends’ abortions despite supporting a national ban on the procedure.“The numbers look like they’re not going to add up,” Walker, an ally and friend of former President Donald Trump, told supporters late Tuesday at the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta. “There’s no excuses in life, and I’m not going to make any excuses now because we put up one heck of a fight.”Democrats’ Georgia victory solidifies the state’s place as a Deep South battleground two years after Warnock and fellow Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff won 2021 runoffs that gave the party Senate control just months after Biden became the first Democratic presidential candidate in 30 years to win Georgia. Voters returned Warnock to the Senate in the same cycle they reelected Republican Gov. Brian Kemp by a comfortable margin and chose an all-GOP slate of statewide constitutional officers.Walker's defeat bookends the GOP’s struggles this year to win with flawed candidates cast from Trump’s mold, a blow to the former president as he builds his third White House bid ahead of 2024.About 1.9 million runoff votes were cast in Georgia by mail and during early voting. A robust Election Day turnout added about 1.4 million more, slightly more than the Election Day totals in November and in 2020. ===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.
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