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Candidate of the Week

Raphael Warnock
Georgia

"Fighting for a better Georgia"

Challenged by Herschel Walker

This race comes down to two things: competence & character. The choice is clear, Georgia. Let's show up and win this thing again!!!

Raphael Warnock
Voting Record

Since he assumed his seat in the Senate, Warnock has placed an emphasis on bills concerning working families, racial equity, and healthcare. Some of Warnock’s recent sponsored bills include the Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act and the Kira Johnson Act, two bills that aim to address the nation’s maternal mortality crisis, specifically for Black mothers, through providing bias prevention training for doctors and nurses working with Black pregnant and postpartum individuals, and the Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act of 2021, which calls upon the Secretary of Agriculture to provide monetary assistance to farmers and ranchers from socially disadvantaged groups.

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Opponent

Raphael Warnock’s surprise victory in the hotly contested 2020 election allowed Democrats to take control of the Senate by a razor thin margin, and holding on to their majority could once again come down to Warnock. The two leading polls in Georgia have Warnock and leading Republican challenger Herschel Walker neck and neck.

Walker rose to fame as a top college athlete turned NFL star. He has never before run for public office and has lived in Texas for the last several decades, moving to Georgia only one week before announcing his candidacy. His political career launched recently when he leveraged his notoriety by endorsing questionable Republican candidates including his long time friend, former president Donald Trump and Warnock’s 2020 opponent Kelly Loeffler. Perhaps more infamous than Walker himself is his son Christian, a rising TikTok star known for using his platform to espouse racism, homophobia, and other alt-right views.

Walker's ex-wife, Cindy Grossman has accused him of "physically abusive and extremely threatening behavior"and he himself admits to domestic violence including holding a gun to her head. In business, he has greatly exaggerated the success of his chicken processing company, claiming he employed hundreds of Georgians though his Paycheck Protection Program application reported only eight employees.

His political positions are just as toxic as his violent past. He supports the “Big Lie” theory, claiming that President Biden could not have won the 2020 election, and urged Trump and his followers (who Walker called “true patriots”) to carry out a “total cleansing” of supposedly falsified election records. The Republican establishment clearly has no concerns about Walker's checkered past, he has already been enthusiastically endorsed by Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell and Josh Hawley. In Hershel Walker, the Republican party has succeeded in supporting a candidate just as unfit for office as Trump.

Current Polling
46%
Warnock
47%
Walker

Date: November 8th, 2022 Source: New York Times

State

The birthplace and home of Martin Luther King Jr., Georgia served as the spiritual capital of the Civil Rights Movement. The state has since become a hotspot of commerce, playing host to corporate headquarters like Coca-Cola, CNN, and UPS, and the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (the world’s busiest airport). The Georgia peach is perhaps one of the most highly recognizable symbols of the American South, and barbecue is a popular pastime and sport, with pit masters competing for prizes and acclaim in some of the nation’s biggest barbecuing competitions. Georgia has also contributed greatly to the national culture, producing such authors as Alice Walker and Margaret Mitchell, and musicians and bands such as R.E.M. and Ray Charles.

A state with an economy largely driven by the agriculture industry and located squarely along America’s Bible belt, Georgians have reliably voted Republican on both a state and national level from 1972 to 2016. But when Georgia voted Democrat in both the 2020 presidential and senatorial elections, it became a battleground state for the first time in 50 years.