Dec. 5, 2022 coverage of the Georgia runoff election

By Elise Hammond, Maureen Chowdhury and Melissa Macaya and Seán Federico-OMurchú, CNN

Updated 8:19 p.m. ET, December 5, 2022
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9:27 a.m. ET, December 5, 2022

Walker gets help from Sen. John Kennedy and Tim Scott as he urges supporters to vote tomorrow

From CNN’s Dianne Gallagher

US Sens. Tim Scott, left, and John Kennedy, right, join Herschel Walker at a campaign event in Loganville, Georgia, on Sunday.
US Sens. Tim Scott, left, and John Kennedy, right, join Herschel Walker at a campaign event in Loganville, Georgia, on Sunday. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker’s lone public campaign event Sunday featured a lively crowd of supporters in Loganville, a diverse prayer lineup to kick things off — and two Republican Senators with a lot to say about Democrats. 

Walker didn’t stray from his usual stump speech, though he did encourage getting out to vote on Tuesday more than he typically does (this is, of course, expected on the final Sunday before the election). 

The event began with prayers in Creole, Spanish and Swahili from speakers with Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition. 

When Reed himself took the stage and asked the crowd how many people had already voted, nearly every person in the crowd raised their hand. 

Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana fired up the supporters on the chilly afternoon with quips and puns meant to insult the Democrats— and former President Barack Obama as the main character in his speech.

“Now I understand the President Obama just came to town,” said Kennedy, “He didn’t come to talk about hope and change. He came to make fun of my friend, Herschel Walker.”

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, who took the stage to wild cheers, amplifying the Walker campaign’s central message tying Sen. Raphael Warnock to President Joe Biden. 

“Why don’t we see Joe Biden in Georgia?” asked Scott, before tying Warnock to Biden by noting a familiar Walker campaign line, “Raphael Warnock voted with Biden 96% of the time. That’s not Georgia.”

“Remember this, January 5, 2021…we lost two seats in Georgia. The cost of one single seat in Georgia cost the American taxpayers $4 trillion,” exclaimed Scott, referring to the last runoff election where Warnock and Sen. Jon Ossof were elected. 

Meanwhile, Walker pushed for supporters to get their friends to the polls. 

“If you don’t have a friend, make a friend and get them out to vote,” said Walker. 

The Republican noted President Biden’s comments about campaigning for his opponent while on a trip to Massachusetts, as well. 

“Our President was in Massachusetts campaigning for Warnock…because of the way he votes, he probably thought he was from Massachusetts,” joked Walker, “They already have two senators, they don’t need no more!”

Loganville was the only public stop on Walker’s campaign schedule Sunday. He has five stops in five different cities on Monday, by far his most ambitious day of campaigning in weeks. 

10:41 a.m. ET, December 5, 2022

Georgia election official says he doesn't expect results in Senate runoff Tuesday

From CNN's Kaanita Iyer

A eorgia election official said Saturday the winner in Tuesday's runoff between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican nominee Hershel Walker might not be known on election night after record early voter turnout.

"We're preparing for, you know, it being a very tight race," Georgia secretary of state’s chief operating officer Gabriel Sterling told CNN's Pamela Brown. "I anticipate we may not know on Tuesday night. It just, it really depends because it's up to the voters and they're, and they're showing up in droves."  

More than 1.8 million Georgians have voted so far, with about 300,000 people voting early each day last week — setting records for the largest single-day early voting turn out in state history. Early voting for the runoff ended on Friday.

"There's obviously a lot of enthusiasm," Sterling said. "Both Democrats and Republicans can point to the turnout models and say, 'that's good for us' so nobody knows what's going to happen." 

A CNN poll released Friday showed Warnock with a narrow lead over Walker.