Warnock and Walker tied one week before the Georgia Senate runoff. A new survey indicates that Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker are deadlocked in Georgia’s US Senate runoff with one week remaining until election day, as Peach State residents continue to vote in droves during early voting.
According to a study issued Tuesday by FrederickPolls, COMPETE Digital, and AMMPolitical, Warnock, and Walker each have 50% support in the crucial race that will determine if Democrats capture the 51st seat in the upper house of Congress.
In the main election on November 8, neither candidate received more than 50% of the vote, necessitating a runoff. While both candidates enjoy overwhelming support from members of their respective parties, independents favor the candidate who is not a member of either party.
The study also revealed that 97% of voters are committed to their decision for the election on December 6. Since early voting began last week, the high-stakes election has brought hundreds to the polls.
According to the Georgia secretary of state’s office, more than 500,000 votes had already been cast as of Tuesday morning, with the great majority of voters casting their ballots in person.
On Monday, 301,500 Georgians cast votes, smashing the one-day record established during the 2016 presidential election for early voting.
Friday is the final day for early voting.
Democrats and liberals have warned that a controversial 2021 election reform bill overhauling procedures governing absentee ballots, runoffs, early voting, and administrative policies would make voting more difficult for minorities. However, the increase in voter turnout contradicts these claims.
After the Georgia Supreme Court ruled with the Warnock campaign and the Georgia Democratic Party, over 20 counties offered in-person early voting this past Saturday, which boosted voter turnout.
The secretary of state’s office argued that early voting in person could not occur on November 26 because the new election legislation prohibits early voting on a Saturday after a Thursday or Friday holiday. The Democrats successfully contended that the statute only extended to primaries and general elections, not runoffs.
Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker will hold a tele-rally with former President Donald Trump. Still, sources confirm that the former president will not hold an in-person rally in Georgia before the runoff on December 6.
Walker was a major surrogate for Trump during the 2020 presidential campaign. Still, sources from both campaigns say both sides understand that his in-person appearance ahead of the runoff election against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock carried more political risks than rewards.
Several prominent Republicans have campaigned for Walker before the crucial Senate race, among them Georgia’s recently re-elected governor, Brian Kemp, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Additionally, McConnell’s political action committee, the Senate Leadership Fund, is supporting the newcomer.
In the summer of 2021, Walker entered the GOP Senate race to face Warnock after receiving months of encouragement and support from Trump.