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Georgia election results – live: Democrats pour $7m into Raphael Warnock v Herschel Walker Senate runoff

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Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker are headed to a runoff election in December, as neither candidate was able to secure enough votes for a full win under state law.

Having won a shock victory for the Democrats in 2020, Mr Warnock is looking to prevent his Senate seat from being ripped away by the Republican Mr Walker.

Mr Warnock won his seat in a second round in 2021, held the day before the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

Hoping to disrupt Mr Warnock’s goal of a six-year term is Mr Walker, a former University of Georgia running back and Heisman Trophy winner backed by Donald Trump. Mr Walker’s biggest battle has been against reports that he paid for two women’s abortions despite his vocal opposition to abortion.

Meanwhile, in the race to be state governor, incumbent Republican Brian Kemp has emerged victorious in a showdown with Democrat Stacey Abrams — a rematch of the 2018 election.


Jimmy Kimmel mocks Herschel Walker for being ‘unfazed and unintelligible’ as runoff approaches

We won’t know the results of the race for Georgia’s US Senate seat until December, but the late night comedy takes on the contest are already rolling in.

On Wednesday, Jimmy Kimmel mocked the Trump-backed challenger Herschel Walker for the multiple allegations of infidelity, abuse, secret children, and hidden abortions that have dogged the former football player’s campaign.

“Run off is also what Herschel Walker does when one of his kids shows up with a DNA kit,” Mr Kimmel said during his monologue.

He also played clips of Mr Walker’s “unfazed and unintelligible” Election Day speech, where the Republican told a long, strange parable about a boy digging through a room filled with manure to find a pony.

“This is like a riddle a troll makes you solve in order to cross the bridge,” Mr Kimmel said.

Here’s the full clip of his routine.

Josh Marcus10 November 2022 17:44


A curtain call for Lauren Boebert?

In addition to Herschel Walker, another Trump-backed conservative is teetering on the edge of a loss: Lauren Boebert.

By the evening, the tallies had levelled at 50/50.

It was a clear punch to the gut for the wider MAGA movement as well as for Boebert, who’d haughtily tweeted on Election Day: “The red wave has begun!!”

Sheila Flynn reports on what’s next from Rifle, Colorado.

Josh Marcus10 November 2022 17:15


The libertarian candidate who changed the course of Georgia’s Senate race

Chase Oliver, who ran for Georgia’s US Senate seat, never had a chance at winning. Blame our two-party system for that one.

But the 37-year-old former Democrat did have another notable impact: peeling off votes from the top two candidates, incumbent Raphael Warnock and his MAGA-backed challenger Herschel Walker.

Mr Oliver managed to get just over two per cent of the original vote, likely keeping his Democratic and GOP rivals from securing the 50 per cent share of the votes needed to win an election under Georgia state law.

For more information on the libtertarian candidate, here’s our piece from Bill Barrow and Jeff Amy.

Josh Marcus10 November 2022 16:45


In a shocking turn of events, Trump blames media for GOP shortcomings

“Incredible how dishonest the Fake News Media is,” Mr Trump wrote on his social media platform Truth Social early on Thursday. “The Failing New York Times has gone crazy. So many of the people I Endorsed went on to victory on Tuesday Night, nobody was even close, and they literally make up a story refusing to write the facts, and only quoting enemies and losers.”

“Almost all of the people I endorsed WON, yet if you read the story from two Trump-hating writers (who only do as they are told!), you would not even recognize the truth. They truly are, THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!!!” Mr Trump wrote.

Gustaf Kilander has the full report.

Josh Marcus10 November 2022 16:20


Did voting activist Stacey Abrams fail to deliver the turnout this time around?

Stacey Abrams became a rising star in the Democratic party for her persistent efforts to register new voters in the state of Georgia.

When Democrats pulled off a shock double Senate victory in the state in the 2020 cycle, many observers argued the party had her to thank.

However, when it came time to Ms Abrams’s own 2022 gubernatorial race against GOP incumbent Brian Kemp, she wasn’t able to muster enough support, losing by roughly 300,000, or about 8 per cent of the vote total.

In fact, nearly the exact same number of voters turned out for the 2018 and 2022 gubernatorial elections, even though Georgia’s population increased by about 300,00 votes and about 500,000 new voters joined the rolls.

Regardless of the true root of the problem, the Abrams race will surely have Democratic strategists thinking hard about where they go from here in Georgia and similar states they’re hoping to turn blue.

Josh Marcus10 November 2022 15:46


The Democrats are once again counting on Black voters to ‘save the Senate’

Black voters have long been a core part of the Democratic party coalition, and that’s been especially clear in recent years in Georgia.

African-Americans helped send Raphael Warnock and John Ossoff to the Senate in the 2020/2021 cycle, securing Democratic control of the upper house.

Now, as Senator Warnock heads to a runoff against his Trump-backed challenger Herschel Walker, Black voters in the Peach State said they feel the weight of the party again resting on their shoulders.

​“Now it’s back on us to save the Senate,” S Dorian Hampton, 41, told NBC News. “We did it once. We can do it again.”

Some are seeing the added focus on Georgia as a positive because it means politicians are finally paying attention to the state’s sizable Black population, rather than writing it off as a purely white Republican stronghold.

“There’s power in our votes. If 2020 hadn’t happened, this race would seem like any other old midterms to Black people,” Ariel Martin, 5, a tax attorney in suburban Atlanta, added in the NBC report. “But we realized our power two years ago, and now, despite voter suppression, we voted in big numbers because we know our votes matter now. Black people have made it so Republicans have to be accountable.”

Josh Marcus10 November 2022 15:20


Is Trump a drag on the GOP after shaky midterms?

In midterm races around the country, Donald Trump sought to use his considerable influence over the Republican base to boost his favoured candidates like Herschel Walker in Georgia.

The former president is still nearly two times as popular as his potential rival, Florida governor Ron DeSantis, but the slip in popularity is a notable one.

Here’s more on the potential 2024 matchup between the two men.

Josh Marcus10 November 2022 15:00


Promising signs from Nevada for Democrats’ Senate hopes

In order for Democrats to maintain control of the Senate, they need to win at least two of the three toss-up Senate races this cycle in the states of Georgia, Nevada, and Arizona, according to most observers.

In Georgia, incumbent Raphael Warnock will face off against the Republican Herschel Walker in a runoff this December, though the Atlanta-based pastor got more votes than Mr Walker in the general election.

In Nevada, Republican Adam Laxalt is currently ahead of incumbent Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, but some observers believe she could regain the advantage once predominantly Democratic mail-in ballots are counted.

Josh Marcus10 November 2022 14:45


Democrats throw $7m into Georgia as runoff looms

The Democratic party is putting millions behind Georgia’s US Senator Raphael Warnock, as his close race to defend his seat heads to a runoff with Trump-backed Herschel Walker.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is spending $7m on field operations in the state ahead of the December contest, which will fund voter contact efforts and door-to-door canvasing.

“We know talking directly to voters through a strong, well-funded ground-game is critical to winning in Georgia, and we’re wasting no time in kick-starting these programs in the runoff,” DSCC chair Sen. Gary Peters told Politico.

That’s just the beginning of the financial battle that will play out during the runoff, as both candidates will continue seeking individual donations from voters to keep them afloat.

Josh Marcus10 November 2022 14:28


Trump reappraisal continues as allies urge him to delay 2024 announcement

Some allies of former President Donald Trump have called on him to delay his 2024 campaign announcement following the Republicans’ lackluster midterm performance.

Read Gustaf Kilander’s full story.

Josh Marcus10 November 2022 06:15