More than 353,000 voters shattered Georgia’s single-day early voting record Friday in the US Senate contest between incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker.

The tally came on the final day of early voting in the run-off race, which now heads to Tuesday’s election day.

“As of 9:45, with some counties catching up on their data input, the early vote totals climbed to 353,440 for today,” Gabriel Sterling, the chief operating officer of Georgia’s secretary of state’s office and one of the top election officials, announced.

“Our totals are over 1.8 million with a few days of absentees to arrive. That will likely put us over 1.9 million by Election Day.”

The Peach State has seen a slew of record-breaking voter turnout since early voting began last weekend. Friday’s numbers exceeded the previous early-voting high just set Monday, when more than a quarter-million ballots were cast.

Residents wait in line to vote early outside a polling station on Nov. 29, 2022 in Atlanta.
Early voting for the runoff election between Herschel Walker and Raphael Warnock began last weekend.
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Voters line up at the Metropolitan Library to cast their ballots in the runoff election for the Senate position on Nov. 30, 2022 in Atlanta.
Vote totals will likely reach more than 1.9 million by Election Day, according to Gabriel Sterling.

Before Friday, the record for the most single-day early votes recorded came on the last day of early voting in the 2018 midterm elections, with a little more than 233,000 votes cast, Sterling tweeted

A recent CNN poll found that Warnock held a slim, four-point lead over Walker with 52% of likely voters saying they’d back the incumbent versus the former University of Georgia football star.

Warnock eked ahead of Walker in November’s midterm elections by roughly 37,675 votes, but fell short of the 50 percent mark needed to avoid a runoff.

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