Democrats won the Senate last year after flipping Georgia and the state could be key again in the 2022 election.
For the second time in less than two years, the Peach State, which elected two Democratic senators in the last election cycle, has embraced both national parties and is in a contest that holds the key to the fate of President Joe Biden’s agenda.
This time, however, at least one key feature of the race has been reversed: Democrat Raphael Warnock has gone from challenger to incumbent, trying to fend off Republican candidate Herschel Walker. The former soccer great, who was recruited and endorsed by former President Donald Trump, has run a bumpy campaign and spent the past month surrounded by controversy, but is still neck-and-neck with Warnock with early voting and Election Day looming.
A Warnock victory would likely deny Republicans a path to a majority in the Senate, which is currently split 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the deciding vote. That reality, along with headwinds — in the form of economic distress and low Biden approval ratings — familiar to Democrats across the country have helped rally Republicans behind Walker.
Underscoring his party’s mix of ambivalence and political practicality, former Vice President Mike Pence, who left out Walker at a rally in Cumming, Georgia on Tuesday for Gov. Brian Kemp, told reporters he’s “supporting everything” (Republican). ) card here in Georgia.”
The latest poll in the race, by the New York Times and Siena College, did not show a clear leader, with 49% of voters supporting Warnock and 46% supporting Walker, a margin within the poll’s margin of error. Another Fox News poll in late October also found a very close race, with Warnock on 44% and Walker on 43%. If no candidate received a majority of the vote, the race would be decided on December 6.
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