LIVE UPDATES: All eyes are on Georgia as final votes roll in overnight – WSB-TV Channel 2
ATLANTA — After more than 2.5 million Georgians turned out to vote at the start of the 2022 midterm elections, polling places across the state saw a steady stream of in-person voters on Election Day. ballot.
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We’ll have all the latest vote counts on arrival, for live Team 2 coverage on Channel 2 Action News this morning from 4am-7am.
The results poured in shortly after the polls closed at 7 p.m. New Georgia election laws allow poll workers to count early ballots beginning in the morning on Election Day, which has led to some races being called more quickly than in previous elections.
Channel 2 Action News confirmed that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams gave in to incumbent Governor Brian Kemp in a phone call just after 11 p.m.
The current Georgian Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, also won a second term. The Senate race between incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock and challenger Herschel Walker remains too close to announce.
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Live election results show Warnock and Walker neck and neck with 49.4% and 48.5% of the vote respectively.
Meanwhile, several state offices have yet to be called or conceded at 4 a.m.: Georgia Lieutenant Governor, Georgia Commissioner of Insurance, Georgia Attorney General, Georgia Commissioner of Labor , the state school superintendent and Georgia commissioner of agriculture.
Campaign officials said Channel 2 Action News that the race between Senator Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker will not be decided tonight. Employees were told to go home for the night.
Bee Nguyen conceded to outgoing Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
Incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock addresses supporters Tuesday night as he and Herschel Walker were still neck and neck, saying, “We always knew this race would be close. This is where we are. You just have to hang on. I feel good.”
If none of the candidates obtains more than 50% of the votes plus a single vote, the race will end in a second round.
Democrat Sanford Bishop is re-elected to the United States House in Georgia’s 2nd congressional district, according to the Associated Press.
Republican Rick Allen is running for re-election to the United States House in Georgia’s 12th congressional district, according to AP drafts.
Republican Mike Collins wins the US House election in Georgia’s 10th congressional district, according to AP projects.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams called on incumbent Governor Brian Kemp to concede, Channel 2 Action News can confirm.
Republican Rich McCormick wins US House election in Georgia’s 6th congressional district, AP projects.
Channel 2’s Michael Seiden spoke with a Fulton County election official, who confirmed that all votes for Fulton County have been turned over to the county’s election readiness center and that the counting could end at midnight if things go as expected.
Incumbent Representative Barry Loudermilk (R) won re-election for Georgia US House District 11, the AP Projects.
Channel 2’s Justin Gray spoke to officials from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, who said there were still around 70 counties that still hadn’t delivered the required data upload as of 10 p.m. so there is still no hard figure on how many Georgians voted on election day. State officials ESTIMATE that approximately 1 million GA votes have yet to be uploaded.
Republican Buddy Carter is re-elected to the United States House in Georgia’s 1st Congressional District, AP projects.
Democratic candidate for Secretary of State Bee Nguyen is currently addressing her supporters. Republican Brad Raffensperger, who is the incumbent, currently leads her in the polls.
Nguyen did not back down, but told his supporters that his campaign would “wait for the votes to come in”.
Democrat Hank Johnson is re-elected to the United States House in Georgia’s 4th Congressional District, AP Projects.
ABC News predicts Democrat Lucy McBath will be re-elected to the United States House in Georgia’s 7th congressional district.
Republican Drew Ferguson is re-elected to the United States House in Georgia’s 3rd congressional district, AP projects.
Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene is re-elected to the United States House in Georgia’s 14th congressional district, AP projects.
Republican Austin Scott is running for re-election to the United States House in Georgia’s 8th congressional district, according to AP drafts.
Republican Andrew Clyde is being reelected to the United States House in Georgia’s 9th congressional district, according to the Associated Press drafts.
More than one million of Georgia’s 2.5 million early and absentee ballots are downloaded and only a small number of ballots on Election Day.
Democrat David Scott is being re-elected to the United States House in Georgia’s 13th congressional district, the Associated Press reports.
Democrat Nikema Williams is being reelected to the United States House in Georgia’s 5th congressional district, according to The Associated Press.
Results are already starting to roll in from Georgia counties.
Follow the results as the evening progresses HERE.
[RELATED: Georgia Midterm 2022 Election Results]
Most polling places have closed across Georgia.
Voter Registration and DeKalb Elections is extending voting hours until 7:40 p.m. at Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church, 3142 Lawrenceville Highway in Tucker.
All voters who arrive at Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church before 7:40 p.m. on Election Day will be allowed to vote, even if a line has formed.
Fulton County election officials said the first results they would release would include early voting, followed by mail-in absentee, then Election Day.
DeKalb County election officials extend voting hours at Solid Rock AME Church until 7:39 p.m.
All voters who arrive at the church, located at 4065 Snapfinger Road, before 7:39 p.m. will be allowed to vote, even if a line has formed.
“An early morning operational delay resulted in a 39-minute delay for voters,” said Keisha Smith, executive director of DeKalb VRE. “Overall, we’ve had a relatively smooth election day so far and we look forward to quickly resolving any issues that may impact our voters casting their ballots today.”
Precincts in Georgia process voters in about 49 seconds, according to the secretary of state’s office.
State officials predict they could reach 2 million voters on Election Day in addition to the 2.5 million Georgians who already voted early.
A judge agreed to let a private courier deliver more than 100 Cobb County mail-in ballots that weren’t released yesterday after 1,000 ballots weren’t mailed. Voters must have their ballot by 5 p.m.
Two precincts in Cobb County will remain open after 7 p.m. after opening delays for the general election. Opening hours for the Kennesaw 3A compound at the Ben Robertson Community Center have been extended to 7:45 p.m. The Oregon 03 precinct of the Fair Oaks Community Center hours of operation will accept in-person voting until 7:06 p.m.
Gabriel Sterling of the Georgia Secretary of State’s office said in a tweet that the average time to vote in Georgia was about 3 minutes at noon. The longest line is in Stephens County at 13 minutes. Most polling stations have no expectations.
Two poll workers were fired in Johns Creek about 15 minutes before polls opened after mother and son exchanged “concerning” messages on social media. Fulton County election officials did not disclose the nature of the concerns.
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