Thursday, January 26, 2023

Obama will campaign for Raphael Warnock in Georgia for key Senate seat

Former United States President Barack Obama travels to the southern state of Georgia on Thursday to support the campaign of Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock, who is facing Republican Herschel Walker in a runoff election that could decide the Democratic majority in the Senate. Can

More than one million voters in Georgia have already voted early, and early votes typically go to Democrats. Friday is the last day of early voting for the Dec. 6 election, and Obama will attend campaign events with Warnock.

Democrats have attempted to try to collect all possible votes, while Republicans, especially Walker, have taken a less aggressive approach, leaving the decision to vote on vote day.

“I think what we’re seeing is good and I want to encourage people to keep at it,” Warnock said this week while surveying a line of voters at a popular food hall in Atlanta.

“The other day I went to Slutty Vegan and there was a line around the block. People waited and bought their sandwiches. I voted yesterday without any problem”, he said.

Walker, however, is expected to vote on Election Day, as he did in the November midterms.

Warnock outspent Walker by nearly 37,000 votes out of nearly 4 million in the general election, but fell short of the majority required by Georgia law. This resulted in less time for voting in the second round than in the first.

In the first round of early voting, Warnock received approximately 70% of the vote and Walker received 58%. This meant over 256,000 votes for Warnock. Walker held a lead of 200,000 on Election Day.

Warnock won the seat in a runoff election on January 5, 2021, after he and Jon Ossoff defeated their Republican opponents to give Democrats control of the Senate early in Joe Biden’s presidency.

Warnock then won a special election and is now seeking a full six-year term.

Not the Senate at stake this time: Democrats have already secured 50 seats and Vice President Kamala Harris has the tie-breaking vote. That puts pressure on the Warnock and Walker campaigns to convince voters in Georgia that it’s worth casting a second ballot.

Democrats see Obama as a key figure in repeating Warnock’s lead in early voting because the former president is hugely popular with the Democratic base and maintains a strong position among independents.

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