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Georgia runoff: Trump factor, shortened schedule present challenges for Walker

Georgia runoff: Trump factor, shortened schedule present challenges for Walker

Georgia runoff: Trump factor, shortened schedule present challenges for Walker

Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker forced Sen. Raphael Warnock into a runoff, but the expected election of former President Donald Trump in 2024 and a shortened runoff period for voter turnout could pose a challenge for the candidate.

Walker, who may have a shot at winning the Senate majority for the Republicans, closed the election deficit in the final month of the race to tie with Warnock, D-Ga., at the ballot box. But now he will have to get his voters back to the polls in less than four weeks against an opponent with a track record of winning a runoff.

Trump is also expected to launch his 2024 presidential campaign on Tuesday. University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock told Fox News Digital that he risks drawing attention away from Walker.

“If Trump speaks outthat would, on balance, help Raphael Warnock,” Bullock said. “It would remind those Republican voters who didn’t like Trump and wouldn’t vote for Trump — we’re talking about mostly white, college-educated voters, who probably live in the suburbs — that would reminded them of what they don’t like about Trump.”

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Georgia runoff: Trump factor, shortened schedule present challenges for Walker

The Georgia runoff between Senate candidates Raphael Warnock (left) and Herschel Walker is Dec. 6, 2022.
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“They can’t vote against him, but they can vote against his deputy in the form of Herschel Walker,” Bullock added.

Asked about Trump’s possible influence on the runoff, Stephen Lawson, a spokesman for the pro-Walker PAC 34N22, said all Republicans need to focus on The Senate race is at hand.

“We need everyone to lift Herschel up and push him toward the goal in a positive, constructive way,” Lawson said.

Trump spokesman Taylor Budovich said Trump intends to help Walker cross the finish line.

“President Trump was an early supporter of Herschel Walker and invested in his success,” Budovich said. “Now, after forcing a runoff, President Trump remains committed to his success and his support will be critical on Election Day.”

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Warnock also has a vulnerability of his own: President Biden—whom Democrats largely shied away from before the election.

Herschel Walker's supporters expect Gov. Brian Kemp to fall for him.

Herschel Walker’s supporters expect Gov. Brian Kemp to fall for him.
(Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call Inc.)

“I think it will be very instructive to see if Joe Biden comes to Georgia,” Lawson said. “If he’s not, I think it’s a reflection of how badly the Georgians view him and, by extension, Raphael Warnock.”

However, potentially the most significant change from 2020 is that the second round is five weeks shorter due to Georgia’s new election law.

This reduces the time campaigns need to ramp up their get-out-the-vote infrastructure and shortens early voting to about a week.

“This get-out-the-vote effort will be all hands on deck [on] decks,” said Walker campaign communications director Will Kiley.

“The most important element here is … it’s going to be what kind of ground game each side can put together,” Bullock added. “The No. 1 rule going into a runoff is to try to get those people who voted for your candidate back into the runoff.”

Lawson argued that “direct voter contact … in terms of door-knocking, grassroots mobilisers” will be key. He said he expects GOP Gov. Brian Kemp, who easily won re-election on Tuesday, to go head-to-head for his party’s Senate nominee.

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“I think you’re going to see a lot of synergy with us, with our organization and with the work of the governor,” he said. “And I think you’re going to see the governor come out and be very supportive of Herschel.”

Senator Raphael Warnock won the 2020 runoff.

Senator Raphael Warnock won the 2020 runoff.
(Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

But this isn’t Warnock’s first runoff, a former 2020 runoff official noted.

“Reverend Warnock has built a huge and successful turnout operation poised to accelerate, while Walker faces a huge challenge to motivate skeptical voters — especially without Kemp on the ballot,” said the 2020 Democratic Party insider. “Early voting has been reduced from three weeks to one . . . This makes a strong party even more important.”

Outside groups are also likely to throw resources at Warnock. The Progressive Turnout Project told Fox News Digital it will spend at least $1 million on Warnock and has recruited nearly 1,400 volunteers. But no matter how much effort is put into the race, a member of the 2020 Democratic Party runoff said, it’s nearly impossible to predict the runoff.

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“The electorate is unknown and liquid. Anyone who pretends to know what it will look like on December 6 is lying,” the official said.

But Walker’s team says they are optimistic, even after their candidate received fewer votes than other Republicans statewide on Tuesday. Those Republicans, they said, were facing lesser opponents.

“The sitting senator spent $100 million attacking Herschel, and the best they could do was a runoff,” Kiley said.



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