Now that the midterm elections are essentially over, we are still left hanging in the balance as to who is going to control Congress. As it looks right now, the Republicans should have control over the House of Representatives, but the Senate could still go either way, especially now that one of the races is headed to a runoff election.
According to a projection, Republican Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker will meet incumbent Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock in a runoff after neither candidate received over 50% of the vote.
The Georgia secretary of state's chief operating officer, Gabriel Sterling, announced that the runoff election will take place on December 6.
On January 5, 2021, 53-year-old Atlanta pastor Warnock defeated GOP candidate Kelly Loeffler in a run-off election to become a senator. After Johnny Isakson's death, Loeffler was appointed to serve until an election.
Walker, a political rookie, spent his campaign linking Warnock to unpopular President Joe Biden and portraying the Democrat as a divisive, out-of-touch progressive.
“Senator Warnock believes America is a bad country full of racist people,” Walker stated in one commercial. “I believe we’re a great country full of generous people. Warnock wants to divide us. I want to bring us together.”
President Trump, former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, and Senator Lindsey Graham all endorsed the outsider candidate (R-SC).
In late October, an exclusive Trafalgar/Daily Wire survey suggested that Warnock had a huge lead over Walker, but the race tightened in the closing months.
Warnock campaigned on social issues, attracting condemnation from fellow Christians for his pro-abortion views.
Walker was accused of funding two abortions. Walker disputed the allegations. The former Heisman Trophy winner's kid also accused him of being a neglectful father.
The Democrat incumbent raised about $101.7 million throughout the race. Walker raised $37 million but competed with Warnock's massive war chest.
The tight struggle proved the Peach State is purple, not red or blue.