As Georgia’s second-round results roll in, it will take time to see just how narrow the margin is between the two candidates, John King, DailyExpertNews’s chief national correspondent, warned Tuesday.
Most provinces have already started counting the first votes. Those will be the ones released after the polls close at 7 p.m. ET.
This means that Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock is likely to take an early lead over his Republican challenger Herschel Walker. Typically, early votes tend to be more Democratic, King explained.
“Then we have to be patient and see how the votes are counted on Election Day,” King said, adding, “Republicans are counting on the Election Day votes.”
The Georgia Senate race saw a similar pattern in November, King said — Warnock came out with an early lead when the first results were reported.
At 8 p.m. ET in the general election, Warnock led Walker by more than 140,000 votes, but when the personal votes were tallied, Walker took the lead an hour later. Since Georgia is a competitive state, the votes leading the race changed frequently, King said.
“In the beginning you see a lot of blue on the map. If you’re in the Warnock campaign that’s great, that means you’ve voted early and are building a head start,” said King.
“Let’s be patient, let’s see through the night – it will probably be like it was a month ago,” King added.