November 30, 2022

The 2022 midterm elections will be held Nov. 8 and will feature several races in the House and Senate that are set to determine which party will have control over Congress for the next two years.
Democrats hold a tight majority over Republicans in the House, 221-212, and have a 50-50 tie in the Senate with Vice President Kamala Harris’s tiebreaking vote. All 435 seats in the House are up for grabs this year, as are 35 of the 100 Senate seats.
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The House is likely to lean Republican, according to analysts, but the future of the Senate has shifted in recent months to become a toss-up — prompting both parties to push ahead to November to seize control of the upper chamber.
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Lower down the ballot, 36 out of 50 states are set to elect governors, 10 states will choose their attorneys general, and 12 states will pick their secretaries of state — all crucial offices that have control over state laws and how states administer elections.
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Gov. Glenn Youngkin, who won his gubernatorial election in Virginia by campaigning largely on education and parents’ rights, said education will be one of the No. 1 issues in the midterm elections.
“It is one of, if not the top issue, along with inflation and economy,” he said Thursday on Fox News’s America’s Newsroom.
According to Youngkin, Democrats are “trying to push parents out of their children’s lives” and people across party lines are “standing up and saying we won’t have it anymore.”
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Minnesota’s incumbent Attorney General Keith Ellison (D) defended allegations that he wanted to defund police departments on Friday, during the state’s first attorney general debate ahead of the midterms.
Ellison told Republican challenger Jim Schultz that he actually sought “millions” of dollars from the state to help fund law enforcement, despite supporting a charter amendment that sought to replace the Minneapolis police department with a department of public safety.
“If I’m supposed to be this ‘defunder,’ I must be the worst one ever because I am seeking more resources for law enforcement,” Ellison said.
Schultz claimed that Ellison’s response was a lie.
“Everyone knows that the Minneapolis charter amendment was focused on defunding and deconstructing the Minneapolis police force,” Schultz said.
The Nassau Police Benevolent Association is backing Rep. Lee Zeldin’s (R-NY) gubernatorial bid, according to the New York Post.
“New Yorkers are sick and tired of the attacks on their safety, and police officers from across the state know that as governor I’ll ensure they have the resources they need to safely and effectively do their jobs,” Zeldin said in a statement after the 5,000-member PBA made its announcement.
The Republican nominee is polling surprisingly well in the deep-blue Empire State, though incumbent Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) is still heavily favored to win the election in November.
The White House declined to answer questions about Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s health Friday, saying only that President Joe Biden was looking forward to appearing next week with the Democratic nominee for Senate in Pennsylvania.
Fetterman faced new questions about his medical condition after a media interview showed him using a computer to answer a reporter’s questions. The reporter later said that she was unsure Fetterman could understand her when they talked beforehand.
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There might finally be enough pieces of the Hunter Biden puzzle for the authorities and Congress to put together the full picture of the legal case against the president’s son. And the next few weeks will play a crucial role in how this convoluted and salacious story ends.
The federal agents who have been investigating Hunter Biden believe that they have unearthed enough evidence to charge him with crimes related to tax fraud and lying during his purchase of a handgun, according to numerous reports. Republicans in Congress, meanwhile, seek to recapture the majority in early November and turn the investigative committees’ attention from the previous president to the current one. The midterm elections will determine whether Republicans get the chance to uncover wider Biden family corruption to go along with possible indictments against Hunter.
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ASHBURN, Georgia — When Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp refused to meddle in the 2020 presidential elections on behalf of then-President Donald Trump, some feared it could be a career-ender.
A caravan of horn-honking Trump supporters paraded past the governor’s mansion almost daily. There were threats against Kemp’s family, and Trump himself pledged to boot the career conservative out of office. The president’s pal, Lin Wood, encouraged Trump supporters to keep up the heat on the Republican governor.
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A duo of competing ballot amendments in California to legalize sports betting have resulted in billions of dollars of spending and launched a contentious debate in the Golden State.
Propositions 26 and 27 have become the costliest ballot measures in state history, pitting Native American tribes and massive gambling companies against each other. While both measures would legalize some form of sports betting, they differ greatly in scope and in the fine print. Both will appear on the Nov. 8 midterm ballot.
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Liberal pundits and reporters are upset that voters care more about inflation than they do about the demise of American democracy. In truth, voters care more about inflation than they do about the Democratic Party’s fearmongering toward that end.
CNN’s White House reporter Stephen Collinson is one of the many who gets this analysis wrong. Collinson glibly claims that voters “may care more about the cost of french fries” than the “price of democratic freedoms.” It’s no surprise, not even to Collinson. The economy is “a far more visceral issue in daily life than the threat to American democracy,” he notes, and the anxiety of voters is easily explained by inflation data.
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A charity affiliated closely with Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) is reportedly facing an investigation from state officials who say the nonprofit group may not be properly registered to solicit donations in Georgia.
The Ebenezer Building Foundation lists Warnock as its top officer and is controlled by the Atlanta church at which Warnock is the pastor and from which he continues to earn income while serving in the Senate.
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AURORA, Ohio — Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) said the quiet part out loud, acknowledging Republican prospects for winning the Senate majority are less certain even as she declared the House a lock for a Republican takeover in the midterm elections.
“We can do this in the House — I see that red wave coming in the House,” Ernst told a crowd of about 50 grassroots Republicans and party officials Thursday during extemporaneous remarks while accompanying Republican Senate nominee J.D. Vance on a campaign swing through northern Ohio. “It’s a little more difficult in the Senate.”
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) ribbed her colleague Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) for being “too scared” to host regular town halls Thursday.
Ocasio-Cortez’s comment came after Boebert threw shade at her, asserting that she rarely spends time with her constituents and sells them out. Both firebrand congresswomen have frequently traded barbs in the past.
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Former Speaker of the House and Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan made his prediction for 2024, and, according to him, former President Donald Trump is not making a return appearance as the Republican nominee.
“Whether he runs or not, I don’t really know if it matters. He’s not going to be the nominee, I don’t think,” he said.
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The Washington Examiner’s Sarah Westwood stressed how important the issue of crime will be in several key races across the country on Friday.
“It is especially a powerful issue for Republicans when their democratic opponents are particularly vulnerable on the issue of crime,” she told host Neil Cavuto on Fox Business.
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PAINESVILLE, OhioJ.D. Vance said he expects Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will be easily reelected the No. 1-ranking Senate Republican in the next Congress, signaling he would be comfortable with that development if he advances to Congress in November.
Vance, the Republican nominee against Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) in the race for an open Ohio Senate seat, is not taking a position on the matter. He is backed by former President Donald Trump and enjoys enthusiastic support from the GOP’s populist wing. Both oppose McConnell staying on as minority leader, or majority leader, depending on the outcome of the midterm elections.
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Democrats are ramping up efforts to boost former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley in her race against conservative Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) for North Carolina’s open Senate seat.
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With recent polls showing the candidates in a neck-and-neck race, Senate Majority PAC — a super PAC with close ties to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) — dedicated an additional $4 million to be used for television ads in the state, spending a total of $10.5 million this cycle in an effort to pick up the seat. The increase in ads is expected to kick off next week, according to NBC News. 
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ATLANTA — Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and his Republican challenger Herschel Walker faced off Friday night in Savannah for their widely anticipated debate, tackling inflation, abortion, drugs, fake police officers, and more.
The high-stakes matchup between the seasoned orator who delivered sermons on Sunday from the pulpit of the famed Ebenezer Baptist Church and the Georgia football legend could determine which party takes control of the Senate next year.
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A local organization in Waco, Texas, is throwing a “poll party” to spread awareness of their candidates.
The event is advertised as introducing constituents to “BLACCENT’s” candidates, while giving attendees an opportunity to listen to music, poetry, and view local art, according to KCENTV. Their candidates will also take part in a Q&A.
“This event is intended to make the information being shared easily digestible, while also offering a good time”, the orgainization said in a press release.
BLACCENT arose as part of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020.
The Libertarian candidate in Arizona’s Senate race is polling at 15%, an unusual high for a third party.
Marc Victor, 53, is running against Republican Blake Masters and incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly. The unorthodox candidate appeared next to the two on the debate stage last week, although complained that he didn’t get as much airtime as his opponents, he told Reason.
“Live and let live. That’s my position on every issue,” Victor said in his opening statement at the October 6 debate. “Live your life however you choose, just let other people do the same thing. My name is Marc J. Victor, and if you’re tired of the same old politics, I’m your guy. I’m a proud Marine Corps combat veteran, and for the last 28 years, I’ve been thinking outside the box as a criminal defense attorney.”
Although polling remarkably high for a Libertarian candidate, Victor faces opposition within his own party, particularly from the presumed 2024 Libertarian presidential candidate; Dave Smith, a member of the conservative-leaning Mises Caucus, which recently came to dominate the party. Smith is throwing his support behind Masters.
“JFC,” Smith tweeted, in response to a video of Victor on the debate stage asking for Arizona voters to reevaluate the age of consent. “This guy is a clown who has absolutely nothing to do with us. He went outside the party and got the signatures to be on the ballot. Stupid AZ laws. I support Masters. Also, let’s not pretend Republicans don’t have a lot of work to do.”
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A day after the last consumer price index report before November’s midterm elections showed worse-than-expected inflation, President Joe Biden warned that if Republicans win, prices will go up.
Biden was speaking at a community college in Irvine, California, during a swing out west to promote administration initiatives and Democratic candidates. The White House billed it as a speech about “lowering costs for American families,” and Biden touted the Inflation Reduction Act, the spending bill the president signed into law.
“If Republicans take control, the prices are going to go up,” Biden said Friday, arguing GOP lawmakers would claw back the benefits from such laws.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) mocked Hershel Walker for flashing his “honorary deputy badge” during his debate with Sen. Raphael Warnock.
“What in the Party City is that,” she wrote on Twitter. “Halloween is in 2 weeks my guy,” she added with a ghost emoji.
The New York Democrat reiterated her support for Warnock, urging more volunteers to sign up.
“While this dude’s out trick or treating, let’s make sure to rally for Reverend Warnock and win the Senate. Sign up for a phonebank shift, donate, & volunteer today,” she tweeted.
Halloween is in 2 weeks my guy. 👻

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Former President Barack Obama is set to head to Wisconsin to help campaign for Democratic candidates for Senate and governor.
Obama will take part in a joint event to help Mandela Barnes unseat Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Gov. Tony Evers to fend off challenger Tim Michels during his Oct. 29 trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, per a report from NBC News.
RealClearPolitics has rated both races as “toss ups,” with Evers tied with Michels in the polling average and Johnson leading Barnes by 2.8 percentage points in the same average.
After just shy of an hour, the debate between Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker has concluded. It is expected to be the only debate between the pair before voters head to the polls.
For a brief moment, the debate shifted from politics to sports.
Candidates were asked about whether they would support renaming the Atlanta Braves, which were playing live as the debate unfolded.
Herschel Walker gave a clear “no,” arguing that the state had more pressing concerns to worry about.
“People dying on the streets in Atlanta [and] around the country. We have people living paycheck to paycheck [who] can’t afford food to put on a table — can’t afford gas. We have a Putin out there,” Walker said.
Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock was coy and argued that the team was meeting with the tribes. He added that he expected them to work something out.
The two candidates deployed diverging tactics in the closing arguments for the debate.
Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock went positive and touted his bipartisan work in the Senate, while underscoring the important work of being a senator.
“[It’s an] awesome responsibility. One that humbles me and inspires me to work as hard as I can for hardworking families every single day,” he said.
Meanwhile, Herschel Walker went negative. He blasted Warnock’s policies and warned voters about the ramifications of giving the senator six more years in the upper chamber.
“Let’s think about if we give Senator Warnock six more years,” Walker said. “I’m not sure if we can make up for that.”
Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock sidestepped questions about whether he would support expanding the number of seats on the high court.
“I’m gonna do everything I can to protect the rights of the citizens of Georgia,” he said vaguely.
Meanwhile, Herschel Walker gave an emphatic “no.”
Georgia GOP Senate nominee Herschel Walker on Friday outright denied he paid for a former girlfriend to have an abortion during a debate with incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock.
“I said that was a lie and I’m not backing down,” Walker said.
The NFL star has been hit with a wave of negative headlines over the past two weeks, stemming from a Daily Beast article that claimed Walker, who at times has run on a strict no-abortion agenda, paid for a woman to end her pregnancy and then sent her a get well card as a follow-up.
The New York Times also reported that Walker allegedly asked that same woman to get a second abortion. The news outlet reported it had spoken to Republicans close to Walker’s campaign who said they had anticipated the abortion allegations to come out and urged his handlers to be prepared.
The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade this year turned abortion into an election-defining subject. In Georgia, banning abortions after six weeks has become law. Warnock has referred to himself as a “pro-choice pastor.” Walker has used Warnock’s position on abortion to attack him.
The debate moderator also asked Warnock what limits he would support on abortion. Warnock did not give a week limit, saying the decision should be between a woman and her doctor.
He added that he trusted “women more than I trust politicians.”
Looking ahead to 2024, Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock was noncommittal.
The Senator sidestepped questions about whether he would back President Joe Biden in 2024. He also dodged questions about Biden’s age and fitness for office.
“I think that part of the problem with our politics right now is that it’s become too much about the politicians,” he said.
A moderator then asked Herschel Walker about former President Donald Trump. Walker enthusiastically voiced his support for Trump in 2024.
“He’s my friend and I won’t leave my allies,” Walker said.
He then bashed Warnock for his support of Biden’s policies.
When pressed about the bloody war half a world away in Ukraine, Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock voiced his support for the Ukrainians fighting the Russian invaders.
He then noted how he stood up to the Biden administration to keep the Savannah Combat Readiness Training Center.
Herschel Walker replied by arguing that Warnock has failed to stand up the Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
“I will work with anyone and stand up against anybody I need to stand up to [in order to] get good things done in Georgia,” Warnock countered.
Candidates briefly touched on their health care policies during the debate.
Herschel Walker explained that he was opposed to making health care free for everyone.
“What Senator Warnock wants you to do is depend on the government. What I want you to do is get off the government health care … I’m trying to do make you independent rather than dependent,” Walker explained.
Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock later quipped that Walker doesn’t have a solution to health care. He voiced his support for expanded government funding for health care.
Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock responded to two issues in his personal life that have dogged his campaign.
The first was a recent report from the Washington Free Beacon that his church evicted a evicted despite being less than $30 short of rent. The senator cast aspersions on the report.
He later pointedly denied evicting the tenant during an exchange with Herschel Walker.
“We spend every week, every day feeding the hungry, and the homeless. They know that those false charges that they created are not true. We stand up for poor people every single day and I ran for the Senate to do that,” Warnock said.
On the child care matter, Warnock briefly explained that he loves his children.
“My children know that I am with them. and for them, and that I support them in every single way,” he said.
Walker was then asked about his personal scandals. The candidate noted that he had mental health battles that he struggled through, but quickly harped back on the Warnock scandals.
“Do not bear false witness,” he clapped back at the senator, drawing claps from the crowd.
After facing down jeers from the crowd, Herschel Walker received a scolding from the moderator for having a prop at the debate.
Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock had mocked him for pretending to be a police officer, which prompted Walker to take out a badge and show it to the crowd.
The moderater then informed him the prop was against the debate rules. After a back-and-forth, Walker yielded and put his badge down.
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During an exchange about gun violence, Herschel Walker slammed Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock for his position on law enforcement, a key core issue on which Republicans have battered Democrats.
The discussion began when Warnock touted his support for gun control measure.
“I’m glad that we finally pass the first gun safety law in 30 years, and we did that on a bipartisan basis. I believe that this law will indeed save lives,” Warnock said.
He then also voiced he support for law enforcement, something Walker chided him for.
“We will see tonight, as we’ve already seen, my opponent has a problem with the truth,” Warnock said.
“I’ve never pretended to be a police officer,” he added, drawing laughter and jeers from the crowd. “I’ve never threatened a shootout with the police.”
Instant classic debate moment:
Warnock: “One thing I have not done, I have never pretended to be a police officer.”
Walker: <pulls out fake police badge from jacket pocket and waves it.>pic.twitter.com/sGVOnz387m

Another point of agreement that arose during the debate was opposition to raising the federal minimum wage.
Herschel Walker explained that the minimum wage can hurt small businesses.
“They destroyed a lot of small businesses. So those small businesses couldn’t pay [workers],” he explained.
Meanwhile, Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock emphasized his support for a livable wage, but stressed that he believes “in the dignity of work.”
One thing the two candidates appeared to agree on was the need to reduce the costs of higher education.
Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock voiced his support for a range of policies such as Pell Grants and student loan forgiveness that have helped alleviate burgeoning costs for students.
“No question we need reform in the system, so that we can get the cost of college [down],” he said.
Herschel Walker then slammed President Joe Biden’s student debt forgiveness as unfair to taxpayers who didn’t go to college. He suggested getting rid of federal funding to colleges that raise tuition rates.
“It’s interesting to me, folks who have been crying about the student debt relief haven’t said anything about multi billionaire corporate entities who got the PPP loans,” Warnock replied, drawing claps.
God gave “us a choice” on abortion, Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock said during the debate.
“These are medical decisions. They are deeply personal when they find themselves in a range of circumstances. And this issue has been far too politicized,” Warnock said.
A moderator played a clip of him saying that “God gave us a choice” while defending abortion rights.
“We’re witnessing right now the chaos that ensues as a result of” abortion restrictions, the senator added.
Herschel Walker rebuffed that, explaining that God told us to “choose life.” Warnock then quipped that Walker wants to give politicians “more power than God has.”
After being pressed by a moderator, Herschel Walker reiterated his denial of reporting that he paid a woman to have an abortion.
Walker later voiced his support for restrictions on abortion.
“I’ll be a senator that protects life,” he said.
Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock then blasted Republicans for getting into the patient’s room.
“I trust women more than that trust politicians,” he quipped, drawing an applause from the crowd.
Walker then attacked Warnock over his support of abortion, noting that there was another person in the equation — the unborn baby. He also questioned Warnock’s bona fides on the topic.
“I have a profound reverence for life and a deep respect of choice,” Warnock replied.
The moderator pressed Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock about his assertion that a recent election law in Georgia suppressed voting in the Peach State despite high turnout during the primary.
“There’s no question that that’s the tool to make voting harder, and the fact that many of our voters are overcoming this hardship doesn’t undermine that reality,” Warnock said in response.
Herschel Walker said that the law made it easier to vote but harder to cheat. He then acknowledged that President Joe Biden and Warnock won in 2020 despite questions about voter fraud peddled by Trump supporters.
“It is very clear that my opponent would rather be running against anybody except me,” Warnock replied.
“I’m running against he and Joe Biden because they’re the same,” Walker shot back.
Both candidates said they’d accept the election results.
The debate opened with a discussion about the roaring inflation gripping the nation. Herschel Walker pinned the blame for rising costs on Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock and the Democrats.
“You have to blend with this administration and Senator Warren recalls and within two years inflation [has] gotten worse,” he said.
Walker pitched making the country energy independent to combat inflation. He also ruled out cutting military spending to combat soaring prices.
Meanwhile, Warnock touted his actions in the Senate to combat inflation, such as the Inflation Reduction Act which included curbs in insulin costs.
“I think [Walker] should tell the people, why he thinks they should have expensive insulin, while the pharmaceutical companies overcharge us whatever they like,” Warnock quipped.
ATLANTA — Libertarian candidate Chase Oliver, who was not included in tonight’s debate, was mingling with people outside the JW Marriott in Savannah. He told the Savannah Morning News that he wants Georgians to know Walker and Warnock are not the only candidates on the ballot.

ATLANTA — More than 60 reporters, dozens of television satellite trucks, and supporters are camped out in Savannah as Warnock and Walker prepare to square off in about 10 minutes. There are chants from both sides outside, often canceling each other out. Rosa Rollins, a Savannah native, told the Washington Examiner the scene outside the JW Marriott hotel was “loud but fun.”
But some objected to the event’s timing, noting it conflicted with an MLB game.
“Who the hell scheduled a debate during high school football and the [Braves]?” Augusta resident Natalie Todd told the Washington Examiner.
The Atlanta Braves are in Philadelphia tonight for Game 3 of the National League Division Series
Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock and his Democratic challenger Herschel Walker are about 15 minutes away from their first and only debate in Savannah.
The high-stakes matchup between the seasoned orator who delivered sermons on Sunday from the pupil of the famed Ebenezer Baptist Church and the state football legend could determine which party takes control of the U.S. Senate next year.
The one-hour, invite-only, face-to-face event at a Savannah Marriott hotel could make or break the political newcomer’s campaign. The debate could amount to a Hail Mary pass for Walker, a seasoned athlete who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, if he is able to land a few verbal punches against his more experienced political opponent.
Georgia-based Democratic strategist David McLaughlin told the Washington Examiner that the Walker campaign’s strategy will likely include beating “a few lines/zingers into Herschel Walker’s head that they can isolate and send out to make it appear he held his own or won the debate no matter how much he struggled with the English language over the course of the entire thing.”
Walker has been hit with a wave of negative headlines over the past two weeks, stemming from a Daily Beast article that uncovered Walker, a Republican running on a strict no-abortion agenda, paid for a former girlfriend’s abortion.
Walker’s son, Christian Walker, also took aim at his famous father, claiming in a pair of social media posts that the senior Walker is violent and untruthful, claims Walker strongly denies.
Over the summer, reports surfaced that Walker had fathered three children with three different women whom he had failed to mention. He was also accused of lying about his credentials and money he claimed he had given to charity.
Ahead of the debate, Walker tried to talk himself down to reporters, claiming he is “a country boy” and “not that smart.” He also claimed Warnock was going to show up at the debate and “embarrass me.”
Warnock, who won his seat two years ago in a special election, is hoping to secure a full six-year term in November. He has had his own share of challenges to overcome, including a divorce and messy custody battle, as well as claims that he is soft on crime, and that he will rubber stamp all of President Joe Biden’s policies.
Nexstar Media, which is broadcasting the debate, said about 10 million people are expected to tune in.
ATLANTA — There are multiple debate watch parties taking place across the state as Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) prepares to face off against challenger Herschel Walker (R-GA). In Atlanta, the Human Rights Campaign PAC is holding an event at Guac y Margys. In Athens, Charlie Bailey, Georgia’s Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor is hosting a party at the Tree Room. In Thomasville, the Democratic Party of Georgia will be watching at The Covey Nest and has called the debate “this week’s best entertainment.”
Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and Herschel Walker are set to face off in half an hour in the first and only scheduled debate of the hotly contested race in the Peach State.
Walker has had to deal with a controversy involving a woman alleging the former football star paid for an abortion for her, accusations Walker has strongly denied. The Republican has lowered expectations for his debate performance, telling reporters he’s “a country boy” who’s “not that smart.”
Warnock also enters the debate with some controversy after a report released Friday shows a charity, which lists the senator as its top officer, did not properly register to receive donations in the state of Georgia and that officials are now investigating the charity.
Warnock leads Walker in the RealClearPolitics polling average by 3.3 percentage points, with the organization rating the race as a “toss up.”
The debate is set to begin at 7 p.m. eastern time in Savannah, Georgia.
Two key demographics in the Peach State appear poised to split their tickets between the gubernatorial and Senatorial races next month.
Minority men, who tend to lean Democratic, and white suburbanites, who tend to lean Republican, appear to be causing the divide putting incumbents Gov. Brian Kemp and Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) ahead in their respective races despite being from opposite political parties.
These key voters seem to believe Kemp is doing a good job as governor and see no reason to vote for change in the form of his opponent, Stacey Abrams, but they also believe scandal-ridden Senate candidate Herschel Walker is not worthy of their vote, per CNN.
Kemp leads Abrams by 5 percentage points, and Warnock holds a 3.3 percentage-point lead over Walker, according to the RealClearPolitics polling average.
Warnock and Walker are set to debate Friday evening at 7 p.m. Check back here for live updates.
Georgia’s Elections Director Blake Evans sent a memo Thursday clarifying that voter eligibility challenges must be filed with the Board of Registrars and not with poll workers.
“Any voter challenge must be in writing, must specify distinctly the grounds of the challenge, and must be filed with the board of registrars,” Evans said in the memo. “Challenges cannot be filed with a poll manager or any poll worker.”
A previous memo issued by Evans on Tuesday stated that “a voter’s eligibility may be challenged by another voter at the time of voting and not indicated as challenged.”
Thursday’s memo makes clear the challenge cannot be filed with the person working the polls.
Most voters have confidence in the fairness and reliability of the upcoming midterm elections, per a poll from the Brennan Center.
The survey found more than three-quarters of Democrats and more than half of independent voters have confidence the elections will be held “fairly and free of fraud, tampering, or irregularities.”
Only roughly 30% of Republicans surveyed hold the same confidence in next month’s elections.
The poll was conducted among 950 registered voters in June, but it was released Friday.
The Carter Center will monitor the midterm election returns in Fulton County, Georgia, after officials from both parties requested the group’s oversight.
The organization, founded by former President Jimmy Carter, told Atlanta TV station WXIA its work in Fulton County “falls under the performance review provisions of Georgia state law.”
“Its observers will follow a strict, nonpartisan code of conduct to ensure their work does not complicate the election process,” the statement continued.
Officials in the county said they are including the organization in vote counting to ensure confidence in the election.
The Peach State’s Senate race between incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) and Hershel Walker (R) is expected to be one of the closest races in the country.
Robert Cahaly, founder of the Trafalgar Group, said pollsters are having difficulty reaching some GOP-leaning voters over concerns their opinions may be made public, in an interview with New York Magazine.
“We are finding that there’s a segment of Republicans who we’re not going to be able to reach. … People who would have, in years past, put a sign in the yard or put a sticker on their car or posted things on social media, they’re just submerged. They’re underwater. They’re not telling anybody anything,” Cahaly said.
He also said he believes the “shy Trump voter” theory is due to “social-desirability bias,” or answering a poll in a way to make oneself look better.
Cahaly said because of the difficulty of getting to these voters, a “red wave” is still a possibility for the midterm elections.
Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R-UT) neutrality in the Senate race between incumbent Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and independent Evan McMullin may have been influenced by the two candidates’ support for his 2018 Senate campaign.
In 2018, Romney defeated Democrat Jenny Wilson with the endorsement of McMullin. Lee refused to endorse Romney, opting not to weigh in on the race, and now Romney appears to be returning the favor in 2022.
Maybe @MittRomney really doesn’t want to choose between two friends, @SenMikeLee & @EvanMcMullin. But you’ve gotta figure if LEE had endorsed ROMNEY in 2018, Romney would be compelled to return the favor.
The Senate race in Utah between Lee and McMullin has been rated as “likely GOP” by RealClearPolitics, with McMullin, a Republican-turned-independent who ran against former President Donald Trump in 2016, trailing by only 5 percentage points in the most recent poll.

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