Because winning a senate seat in Georgia requires a majority vote, America had to wait a few weeks for the run-off to see the result. A winner has been declared, but not without controversy.
It was a hard-fought race in which Warnock had a massive cash advantage out-raising him by something like two or three to one ratio… and most of that financial support from out-of-state.
Warnock raised $52.2 million from Oct. 20 through Nov. 16, a period representing the final days of the general election campaign and roughly the first week of the runoff, according to federal campaign finance records. About half, $25.6 million, was required to be itemized with details about each donor, and of that money just 5% came from Georgia.
Reports from earlier in the general election cycle had Warnock raising 11% of itemized funds from Georgians. — BozemanDailyChronicle
Proxies from both parties barnstormed Georgia, pulling for their candidate, with Democrats running the same playbook that carried Fetterman over the finish line — lean way in to the personal attacks.
For all of that, it was still a pretty tight race with lead in the vote tally going back and forth through the evening. Eventually, one candidate pulled ahead and stayed there.
Herschel Walker gave a concession speech with optimism and gratitude to his base.
Walker told supporters that “we put up one heck of a fight” in a speech at his election night gathering, and said he appreciated
“We can’t blame no one, because I want you to continue to believe in this country,” Walker said, encouraging voters to continue fighting for Georgia. — FoxNews
Interestingly, it was Warnock that threw shade on the very process that just declared him a winner:
“There are those who will look at the outcome of this race and say that there is no voter suppression in Georgia,” Warnock said.
“Let me be clear: Just because people endured long lines that wrapped around buildings some blocks long, just because they endured the rain and the cold and all kinds of tricks in order to vote, doesn’t mean that voter suppression does not exist. It simply means that you the people decided that your voices will not be silenced. — FoxNews
There’s some serious irony in his claim.
Georgia election law is written in black and white that early voting cannot happen on a weekend following a holiday. As such, most districts had not been set up for early voting tha weekend. But Warnock went to court over that and (surprisingly enough) won on a technicality.
The Georgia Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by the state Republican Party to shut down early voting on Saturday, effectively handing Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock a legal win ahead of his Dec. 6 runoff against Herschel Walker. –WashingtonExaminer
This means Democrat-heavy districts who had been pushing for this extra day of voting were ready for it, while the others were caught flat-footed and had not done the necessary preparations for that extra day of voting.
This ruling gave Warnock a significant advantage in his early voting turnout numbers which, in turn, lets the party focus their efforts on targeting registered voters who had NOT turned out.
And yet Warnock is still claiming the election is rigged because there are certain changes the Democrats are desperate to make in the voting system that they believe will give them a permanent advantage in elections.
Electoral reform may well be needed, but Warnock should be careful about the kind of accusations he throws around. After all, Red State found someone from Tennessee with a relevant story to tell.
So Senator Warnock’s campaign called me, A TN Resident to Vote in his GA election. Everyone has asked me to upload the full video. Here it is pic.twitter.com/nz5R4I0mWt
— Dom Lucre (@dom_lucre) November 26, 2022
Here’ comes the ‘now-what’ question.
Aside from any possible scenario where the TwitterFile revelations move the needle on the Arizona legal challenge to vote certification, or Republicans successfully wooing a moderate to their side, we’re about to have a 51-49 Senate.
This means that the Senate will get more aggressive in its partisanship with respect to committee work and nominations. Committees will no longer have a 50-50 split, meaning Dems will be able to push through more of their partisan radical judicial nominees.
It will become a lot harder for a single Democrat Senator to take a principled stand over an objection to a radical policy. But with the way Mitch McConnell has been bending over backward to accommodate Schumer lately, it’s unlikely that’s would have posed much of a problem for Democrats anyway.
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