These are the five counties you should be watching in Tuesday’s Georgia Senate election.

The results from five counties will help tell if Raphael Warnock is on track to win Tuesday's Georgia Senate runoff or underperforming against Herschel Walker.

WASHINGTON — It’s Tuesday in Georgia if it’s Tuesday. … Senator Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) makes his closing argument. Per NBC’s Sahil Kaur: “We need your participation. Are you ready for this election?”… GOP challenger Herschel Walk makes his closing argument: “If your don’t vote, then you’re going get more of Chuck Schumer or Joe Biden.”… Georgia polling places close at 7:00 p.m. ET. ET. The total cost of advertising in the 2022 cycle is almost $8 billion.

But first We need to know if Democrat Raphael Warnock can win tonight’s Senate race in Georgia.

Or if he’s underperforming against Republican Herschel Walker.

Let’s begin with the Atlanta-area counties Fulton, Cobb and Gwinnett.

When Warnock won the Jan. 2021 race in Cobb, he received 56.9% of the vote. He got just below that for the November runoff (56.8%).

He won 72.5% of Fulton’s vote in 2021. In November, he received 73.5 percent in the general election against Walker.

In Gwinnett, Warnock received 60.6% of vote in the 2021 runoff compared to 58.9% for Walker last month.

Let’s now look at two counties that are strongholds of the GOP.

Warnock received just 20.5% in rural Chattooga, one of NBC News “County to Country” counties. He also got less than that for the November general election (19.8%).

Warnock won 32.7% in Forsyth County in 2021. He also took close to the same percentage last month (32.3%).

These five counties will be the first to vote when the results start coming in.

Data Download – The number of the day… $7.79 million

AdImpact reports that this is how much money was spent on digital and radio ads, as well as television and radio advertising during the entire cycle (from the day following the 2021 Georgia Senate election through today).

It’s not surprising that the top ad spenders for this cycle are the GOP Senate (spending $220.7 million) and House superPACs (spending $192.4 millions, respectively), followed by the two Democratic Senate (spending $157.5 million and $144.2 million, each).

Warnock’s final tab includes $101 million in advertising spending. This is sixth most among all committees this cycle, more than any House or Senate committee.

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Warnock joined MSNBC’s Joy Reid for an interview Monday night in Atlanta, where he criticized Walker as “unprepared…unqualified…unfit to represent the people of Georgia.”

Early voting data showed that Warnock finished last week with an early-vote edge and that the New York Times reports that Walker needs 60% of today’s in-person vote to win. (Data from the Georgia Secretary Of State shows Walker winning slightly more than 56% in November’s Election Day vote).

Both candidates rallied supporters on the last day of the election — Warnock campaigned alongside Killer Mike, Georgia Democratic Senator Jon Ossoff, and Florida Democratic Rep-elect Maxwell Frost. Former President Trump also held a telerally for Walker. He just hours later announced an endorsement by the Florida Republican Governor. Ron DeSantis.

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