Sen. Raphael Warnock is betting that former President Donald Trump is so toxic in Georgia, the Democrat is running a new ad that simply repeats the ex-president’s endorsement of Republican challenger Herschel Walker.
“We must all work very hard for a gentleman and a great person named Herschel Walker, a fabulous human being who loves our country and who will be a great United States senator,” Mr. Trump says in the 30-second ad. “He was an incredible athlete. He’ll be an even better senator.”
Mr. Trump lost Georgia to President Biden in 2020, and the GOP lost two Senate seats in January 2021 runoffs, leading to a Democratic majority.
The new Warnock ad reminds voters that the runoff takes place Dec. 6.
The Warnock campaign also said expanded field operations will include direct voter-contact programs in 18 counties, with 19 offices and more than 900 paid staffers.
And it is rolling out an ad that features voters who opted for Republican Gov. Brian Kemp this month but couldn’t stomach Mr. Walker.
“This is not Trump’s race, this is Herschel Walker’s race,” Mr. Walker told Fox Business. “President Trump endorsed me, I thank him for it. Leader [Mitch] McConnell endorsed me, I thank him for it. But Herschel Walker is running this race here.”
His campaign, meanwhile, has warned Georgia voters to avoid a repeat of losses in 2021. Recent fundraising pitches outline the stakes.
“Raphael Warnock‘s runoff win last year is why Democrats control the Senate today,” the Walker campaign said Thursday in an email asking supporters for “just $5.”
“All eyes are on Georgia,” he said in the email. “If I lose this runoff, Democrats will have a 51-seat majority where the most radical proposals will succeed.”
Republicans secured the House majority when races were called late Wednesday, meaning there will be a check on President Biden and his Democratic agenda in the Congress that starts in January.
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