A new Atlanta Journal Constitution poll in Georgia finds 58% of voters want to ditch runoffs that lead to seemingly endless election seasons.
Herschel Walker Still Had $5 Million Left
Failed Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker (R) “closed the year — after his November general election and December runoff — with more than $5 million in cash on hand,” NBC News reports.
“While those still in office use their leftover cash to fund their political organization and gear up for the next bid, those who lose still have broad leeway in how they can use their leftover money. While they can’t use the money on personal expenses, they can transfer cash to other candidates, PACs or political parties, donate the money to charity, or use the money for another campaign or political purpose.”
Inside Herschel Walker’s Doomed Campaign
NBC News: “The former Heisman Trophy-winning University of Georgia football star was hard to manage and coach, according to campaign staff who didn’t want to publicly speak about his foibles; they noted his poor public speaking skills and penchant for veering off message.”
“Behind the scenes, campaign insiders and their political allies describe a first-time celebrity candidate who was difficult to manage and utterly unprepared for a brutal campaign that would tarnish a once-sterling brand.”
Said one GOP strategist: “This is what you get when you have a candidate who threatened women, stalked them, paid them to have abortions, said crazy things and has an adversarial relationship with the English language.”
High Turnout Was Key to Raphael Warnock’s Runoff Win
NBC News: “That strong turnout was the key to Warnock’s victory, as the Democrat improved his results in almost two-thirds of Georgia’s 159 counties. The biggest improvements came in Stewart and Johnson counties, where Warnock’s share of the vote rose by more than 5 percentage points.”
“Warnock did better even in Republican areas of the state, as he improved his vote margin in 77 counties that voted for his GOP challenger, former football star Herschel Walker, in November’s election. Warnock also flipped two counties, Baldwin and Washington.”
Washington Post: Drop in Republican turnout means a bigger win for Warnock.
Marjorie Taylor Greene Explains Herschel Walker’s Loss
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) said that Herschel Walker (R) lost the Senate runoff in Georgia because his campaign team didn’t want her to speak at any of his campaign events, which she “found extremely insulting.”
Christian Walker Slams His Father
Herschel Walker’s son, Christian, took aim at his father after his election loss, claiming Donald Trump convinced Herschel to run despite everyone else’s pleas against it.
Said the younger Walker: “Don’t beat women, hold guns to peoples heads, fund abortions then pretend you’re pro-life, stalk cheerleaders, leave your multiple minor children alone to chase more fame, lie, lie, lie, say stupid crap, and make a fool of your family. And then maybe you can win a senate seat.”
A Democratic Star Is Born
Playbook: “Over the past 30 months, Raphael Warnock has won a Senate primary, got the most votes in two general elections and won two runoffs. On Tuesday night, he finally won a full six-year term in the United States Senate.”
“A lot has been said about how flawed a candidate that Warnock’s opponent, Herschel Walker, was. (A lot.) And so much of the conversation and coverage of Georgia’s election centered on what it would mean for the power of a current and a former president.”
“But Warnock’s three-point win Tuesday underscored his own talents and cemented the 53-year-old pastor as one of the nation’s most compelling and effective Democratic politicians…”
“Warnock heads back to Capitol Hill with his political stock at a new high. While Georgia’s runoff system is uniquely exhausting and historically suspect, it has redounded to Warnock’s benefit: Saturation coverage of two consecutive runoffs has made him one of the most recognizable United States senators in the country.”
Raphael Warnock Wins Senate Runoff
Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) defeated Herschel Walker (R) in the Georgia Senate runoff, according to David Wasserman.
The Needle and Decision Desk HQ also say Warnock will win.
The win gives Democrats a 51 to 49 majority in the Senate.
Georgia Senate Runoff Results
Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) and challenger Herschel Walker (R) are facing off in a runoff for U.S. Senate in Georgia.
The result will determine whether Democrats win an outright majority in the Senate, 51 to 49, or whether the chamber stays evenly divided. Just one seat could make a big difference for Democrats.
And for those who can stomach it, the needle will be live.
The polls close at 7 p.m. ET.
Leave your reactions in the comments.
Herschel Walker Doesn’t Have Many Paths to Victory
Nate Cohn says it’s hard to come up with good reasons that Herschel Walker (R) would do better in the Senate runoff than he did a month ago.
“The core issue for Mr. Walker is simple: He is a flawed and unpopular candidate, while Mr. Warnock, by contrast, is fairly popular. And unlike in the November election, the two are the only candidates on the ballot in most of the state. This poses a much greater challenge to Mr. Walker in the runoff election than it did in the general election.”
“It’s easy to imagine several kinds of voters who backed Mr. Walker in November but who won’t be showing up this time.”
What Herschel Walker Needs to Win
New York Times: “Democratic modelers believe that Mr. Warnock goes into Election Day with about an eight-percentage-point lead. If so, they say, Republicans would have to turn out in force and capture about 60 percent of the votes cast on Tuesday for Mr. Walker to pull out a victory.”
What to watch: “More bad news for Mr. Walker: The forecast is for rain on Tuesday, especially in heavily Republican North Georgia.”
“A highly motivated electorate would not let a cold, muddy day keep them from the polls, but Georgians are showing signs of fatigue.”
Atlanta Journal Constitution: Election Day for Warnock and Walker finally arrives.
Election Day in Georgia
Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. in the Senate runoff between Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) and challenger Herschel Walker (R) in Georgia.
NBC News: “The GOP cavalry never really showed up for Republican Herschel Walker in Georgia’s upcoming Senate runoff — or if it did, it was with far fewer horses than we saw in November’s general election.”
Herschel Walker’s Closing Message
Herschel Walker (R) is bashing pronouns as he ends his U.S. Senate campaign.
Said Walker: “Why are they bringing pronouns in our military? Pronouns?! What the heck is a pronoun. I’m sick and tired of that pronoun stuff. Aren’t y’all sick and tired of that pronoun stuff?”
He added that he wants our military “to be at war fighting.”
Another Bonus Quote of the Day
“I want you to vote like democracy depends on it. Vote like healthcare depends on it. Vote like a woman’s right to choose depends on it, because it does. You ought to vote like it’s an emergency.”
— Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA), quoted by The Hill, the day before the U.S. Senate runoff in Georgia.
Warnock Leads Heading Into Runoff
A new UMass Lowell poll in Georgia finds Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) leading challenger Herschel Walker (R), 51% to 46%.
Raphael Warnock Now Favored in Georgia Runoff
Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball moves Georgia’s Senate runoff moves from Toss-up to Leans Democratic on the eve of tomorrow’s election.
Herschel Walker (R) needs a big Election Day showing to overcome what should be a decent-sized lead for Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) in the early vote.
Ex-Girlfriend Says Herschel Walker Tried to Punch Her
Cheryl Parsa told NBC News how Herschel Walker (R), who has been accused by several girlfriends and his ex-wife of mistreating them, grabbed her throat and threw a punch at her when she found him with another woman at his apartment in Dallas.
Said Parsa: “He had his hand on my throat, my chest, and then he leaned back to throw a punch. And luckily, I was able to avoid that. And the punch landed on the wall instead of me.”
Obama’s Jokes Hurt Herschel Walker’s Feelings
Georgia U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker (R) seemed genuinely offended in a Fox News interview that Barack Obama joked about Walker’s comparison between wearwolves and vampires.
Said Walker: “Well, what’s sad is they’re always trying to mislead people. That’s the same as you listening to… Obama talking about I’m talking about vampires and werewolves… Why don’t they tell the whole story?”
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