Where the Warnock-Walker race stands with early voting underway in Georgia


Voting is underway in Georgia in what promises to be an intense week and a half of campaigning between GOP senate candidate Herschel Walker and Democratic incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock.

Walker and Warnock were forced to continue campaigning until the December 6 runoff election after neither candidate won more than 50 percent of the vote in their closely watched midterm general election, and have ramped up their campaign advertising and fundraising ever since.

A Warnock victory would mean the Democrats increase their razor-thin majority in the Senate, while a Walker win would keep their total at 50 seats, with Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris casting the casting vote.

While Senate control is not at stake as many predicted, Georgia is seeing a high voter turnout in the second-round election.

Data from the Georgia Secretary of State’s website early Sunday showed that some 90,000 voters had already cast their ballots just a day after early voting opened in some Georgia counties — after Georgia’s Supreme Court rejected a Republican bid to deny the Saturday’s early ballot block had been rejected.

In the 2018, 2020, and 2022 general elections, or in the 2021 Senate runoff election, more Georgians voted on Sunday than on any other Sunday. according to Quentin Fulks, Warnock campaign manager. The Hill has contacted the Georgia Secretary of State for confirmation of that data.

Georgia boasted a record voter turnout in the midterm elections, with more than 143,000 votes cast on the first day of early voting ahead of the general election.

Warnock has insisted Georgians are “showing up again” to reaffirm the slim one-point lead he saw in the general election.

Polls show the two candidates are once again neck-and-neck in the second round, though Walker appears to be slightly ahead: The latest FiveThirtyEight poll averages put Walker 1 percentage point ahead of Warnock, 47.8 percent to 46.8 per cent.

Another poll released by AARP last week put Walker ahead by 4 percentage points, even though Warnock led among voters aged 18-49.

As of November 16, Warnock had almost three times the money on hand as his challenger, according to a report from CNBC.

On the first day of his second campaign, Walker reportedly raised $3.3 million for his second campaign. The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee has pledged $7 million for Warnock’s runoff election.

Campaign rhetoric has also increased again as the second round approaches.

Warnock has said the former NFL star “majors at lying” and “isn’t serious,” while Walker called the incumbent a “hypocrite” and accused him of bowing to Democratic leadership, according to the Associated Press.

Warnock praised his character in a new television commercial after Walker defended himself against allegations of abuse from his ex-wife and claims from an ex-girlfriend that he paid for her abortion.

“Character is what you do when no one is looking. It’s about doing the right thing, simply because it’s the right thing, and doing it over and over again,” the Democrat said in a recent ad, without mentioning Walker.

But the Democrat is more direct knocked Walker for his apparent contradictions regarding abortion.

Walker supporters, on the other hand, released an ad accusing Warnock of mismanagement of an Atlanta apartment building with a link to his church.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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