The Georgia U.S. Senate election will go to a runoff tomorrow (Dec. 6). Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and former NFL player Herschel Walker are making their final pitch to voters. However, Walker appears unclear that he is running for the U.S. Senate, not for a seat in the House of Representatives.
In an interview with Politico, which was described as “brief,” Walker said about GOP voters, “They’re not [less motivated] because they know right now that the House will be even so they don’t want to understand what is happening right now. You get the House, you get the committees. You get all the committees even, they just stall things within there. So if we keep a check on Joe Biden, we just going to keep a check on him.”
The House of Representatives is not “even.” After the midterms, Republicans won with a slim margin. Herschel Walker is running for a seat in the U.S. Senate, which is tied after Democrats flipped Pennsylvania with John Fetterman’s win. Therefore, Democrats have control over the Senate with Vice President Kamala Harris being the tiebreaker. If Warnock wins the runoff, Senate Democrats will gain a 51st vote in the upper chamber.
According to CBS News, the Peach State has made history with the single biggest day of early voting on Friday, Dec. 2, which was the last day of early voting. More than 1.8 million Georgians have cast their ballots.
Both candidates have been campaigning across the state. Warnock said at the New Freedom Christian Center, a predominantly Black church in East Athens, on the evening of Dec. 4, “We had an incredible early vote period. But don’t spike the football before you get to the end zone. I need you to bring this one home.”
On Friday (Dec. 2), Walker, who has been distancing himself from the press on the campaign trail, experienced yet another awkward moment; he bragged about being referred to as a “coon”: "They called me a 'coon' the other day and people think that's a bad term. I said, 'Guys, I'm from the country. If you know anything about the coon, it’s one of the smartest animal out there.'"
Walker appears to be referring to a raccoon. See the clip below:
Walker’s run for the Senate has been littered with controversies. At least two women claim that he coerced them into getting abortions, his son spoke out against him, and there were several gaffes, like his bizarre remarks about climate change or, ironically, clinging to a no-exceptions position on abortion. He has also attacked fatherlessness in the Black community, including in a 2020 interview with Trump supporters Diamond and Silk, although he reportedly lied to his campaign about his “secret” children and had to admit to being the father of four. Until this spring, Walker publicly admitted to fathering only one child.