Turnout was even higher in the runoff Monday than it was during presidential elections, surpassing the previous high of 253,000 early voters on the Friday before Election Day in 2016.
With just one week of statewide early voting before the runoff, many voters went to polling places at once, compressing turnout into a few days. Early voting is normally spread over three weeks during nonrunoff elections.
Early voting will run through Friday, with election day set for Dec. 6 in the race for the Senate between Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker. The runoff became necessary when neither Warnock nor Walker won a majority in the Nov. 8 general election.
Heavy turnout on Monday built on a solid weekend of early voting, which was available in 34 counties that chose to offer it before this week. About 157,000 people voted on Saturday and Sunday.
Turnout so far, including absentee ballots, stood at 504,000 through Monday. During the general election earlier this month, total turnout reached 3.96 million voters.
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