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Everything You Need to Know about the Senatorial Run-Off in Georgia


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Between the 27th century B.C. and 476 A.D., the city of Rome was undoubtedly the world capital. The Roman Empire was synonymous with modernity and progress, which, according to some historians, led to the popularization of the phrase “all roads lead to Rome”. Similarly, when it comes to defining the fate of the U.S. Senate, recent years have shown that “all roads lead to Georgia”.

This state will be in charge of shaping the Upper House. Raphael Warnock (D) and Herschel Walker (R) will face off again this Tuesday, December 6 in an election that could be crucial to President Joe Biden’s agenda.

With a 50-50 composition, a Democratic victory would mean a “true majority” for the president, who would no longer need Kamala Harris to break the tie. On the other hand, the GOP has no intention of falling back into a red state, so they are confident of flipping the seat and maintaining parity in the Senate.

Herschel Walker leaned on his potential future colleagues, Tim Scott (R-SC) and John Kennedy (R-LA), at one of the last campaign events (Source: EFE).

Barack Obama and Brian Kemp, candidates’ refuges in Georgia

Both candidates did not debate again after the October experience, so they are concentrating all their forces on the rallies. With no intention of being seen with Biden, Warnock took refuge in Barack Obama for the final days of the campaign.

“Let me break down for you: An extra senator gives Democrats more breathing room on important bills. It prevents one person from holding up everything. And it also puts us in a better position a couple of years from now when you’ve got another election, but the Senate map is going to be tilted in the favor of Republicans,” the former president said at an event they held together.

Barack Obama returned to Georgia to energize the Democratic base and campaign with Raphael Warnock (Source: EFE).

In addition, in order not to break the 2021 cabal, the pastor also resorted to the presence of his colleague Jon Ossoff (D), with whom he came hand in hand to the Senate.

On the front side of the aisle, the GOP turned primarily to Brian Kemp to help Walker cross the finish line. The Georgia governor easily defeated Stacy Abrams in November and Republicans see him as a major electoral asset to attract independents.

Kemp recorded some ads for the candidate and even joined the campaign. “This is going to be a turnout election, who’s more motivated: is it them or us? It’s time to retire Raphael Warnock and send Herschel Walker to the United States Senate,” the governor said at a rally.

“Kemp voters provide the winning path, and we’re working to get those voters,” Rick Scott, chairman of the Republican National Committee, indicated last Wednesday, surely considering that the governor received 200,000 more votes than Walker in this year’s general election.

In addition, many Republican Senators also campaigned in Georgia. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rick Scott (R-FL), John Kennedy (R-LA), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Tim Scott (R-SC), among other prominent figures, campaigned alongside the former NFL star.

What do the polls say?

Although early polls showed a very narrow Walker victory, such as The Phillip Academy’s, the latest measurements favored the Democrat. For example, the latest Emerson College poll put Warnock two points ahead of his opponent, 51% to 49%.

“Warnock’s base lies with voters under 50–a 55% majority support him for re-election–whereas Walker holds a similar 55% majority among voters over 50. (…) Regardless of whom voters support, 57% expect Senator Warnock to be re-elected, while 43% expect Walker to win,” said Spencer Kimball, executive director of the aforementioned pollster.

Joaquín Núñez es licenciado en comunicación periodística por la Universidad Católica Argentina. Se especializa en el escenario internacional y en la política nacional norteamericana. Confeso hincha de Racing Club de Avellaneda. Contacto: [email protected] // Joaquín Núñez has a degree in journalistic communication from the Universidad Católica Argentina. He specializes in the international scene and national American politics. Confessed fan of Racing Club of Avellaneda. Contact: [email protected]