The election of Senator Raphael Warnock in the runoff race of Georgia came as a surprise to many.
A Black Senator hailing from the erstwhile red state was the best the Democrats could expect in the Georgia election.
This triggered the Georgia Republicans to introduce sweeping measures in the state to curtail Black voters.
The incumbent Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler, appointed by Governor Brian Kemp after the resignation of Senator Johnny Isakson, lost the 2020 Georgia election. Republicans are trying to win the state back, albeit through dirty tactics.
Warnock’s term is to expire in 2023, so he will be taking part in the 2022 midterm election to win a full six-year term in the senate.
Nonetheless, it was a near miss for Loeffler as well, considering the to-percentage points margin while Johnny Isakson won the seat in 2016 with a 13.8 percent point margin.
The data shows that Warnock is still in hot waters as the slight two percent margin can easily be overturned, especially under the influence of the Jim Crow laws in the state.
What are the stakes for both the parties in this all-important Senate race? Let’s see.
Warnock: Republicans Biggest Target in the 2022 Georgia Elections
Senator Raphael Warnock is, undoubtedly, the Democratic candidate for the 2022 Georgia election. Arguably one of the vulnerable Democrats for the Senate midterm election, Warnock unveiled some eye-popping fundraising figures recently that can be the trump card for him in the Senate race.
The figures released by Warnock’s campaign reveal that he has raised more than $5.7 million since the runoff election. Putting these funds in the right place can open many doors for him.
Senate Minority leader, Mitch McConnell, has already started tarnishing Warnock’s reputation through an ads campaign.
So, Warnock would also need to manage his reputation better to counter the propaganda against him.
If Democrats could win their recently filed lawsuit against Georgia Republicans, the Republican hopes in the state could be dashed altogether.
Former NFL player Herschel Walker Wins Trump’s Endorsement to Challenge Warnock
Recently, former President Donald Trump has shown his support to the former NFL star Herschel Walker during an interview on a popular TV show.
Labeling him a “patriot,” Trump has claimed that Walker will run in the Senate midterm election.
While Trump’s support will surely make a difference, inferior campaigning methods like the ones used in the runoff election are bound to fail.
Walker, being a black-American, will make the race highly competitive, as the people of color can have a tough time choosing one among them.
Representative Carter: Another Republican Buckling up for Senate Race
United States Representative Buddy Carter is considering joining the growing number of Republican challengers in the Georgia Senate race.
Carter made this announcement in his interview with the WAGE radio station in Athens.
Representing the 1st Congressional District in the House of Representatives, Carter backed Trump in his election fraud claims and also voted against the certification of election results hours after the storming of Capitol Hill.
Georgia’s Agriculture Commissioner Eyeing to Win the 2022 Georgia Election
Gary Black, the Agriculture Commissioner of Georgia and prominent Republican, is also aiming for the powerful seat. He announced it on his social media handles, asking to restore Republican leadership in the senate and “save our country.”
Black was elected as the Agriculture Commissioner in 2010 after leading the Georgia Agribusiness Council.
During his tenure, Black made significant changes in the agriculture sector, making “Georgia Grown’ one of the most successful marketing efforts, not only in the Peach State but also in the whole country.
The Senate seat holds significant importance for both parties amid the rising partisanship and the diluting cooperation between the senators.
Trump-backed Herschel Walker has no history of holding public es, so it may not be the best way for Republicans to contest this important race.
He needs to put his case strongly enough to convince the voters to vote for him instead of his Democratic counterpart.
The perception of Republicans about Raphael Warnock is also bleak, so they may not hesitate to put Walker in the 2022 Georgia Senate election.