Candidates in 2 key Georgia races make final push for votes ahead of Election Day

ATLANTA – Georgia is a key battleground state in the elections with several races that appear to be extremely tight.

Democrat U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock is trying to defend his seat from Republican challenger Herschel Walker and Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp hopes to keep his office against Democrat Stacey Abrams.

The state has already seen record turnout for a midterm election.

News4JAX was in Georgia for the 2020 presidential election, the recounts and the Senate runoffs.

Now, candidates are making a last-minute push for votes a day before the election.

Warnock, a preacher, has been meeting with voters and knocking on doors. He’s only been in the Senate for a year and his pushing to keep his position.

This combination of photos shows, Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Aug. 3, 2021, left, and Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker speaking in Perry, Ga., Sept. 25, 2021. (AP Photo) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Walker is on a bus tour across the Peach State, trying to use his football fame to his advantage while pushing conservative values.

Both sides have exchanged jabs at each other.

“You should ask yourself if the person you’re voting for has actually demonstrated any interest in the subject matter and you can tell if you listen to him talk. I think character matters,” Warnock said.

“My opponent Senator Warnock is campaigning, the people on the left, they’re campaigning they’re lying to you. They’ll tell you that this is the new normal, they’ll try to get you off track they’ll try to mislead you and tell you this is the way it’s gonna be and I’m telling you there’s a new way. And I remember my offensive linemen use to say to me, Herschel follow me and I’ll take you to the promised land,” Walker said.

The governor’s race could also be a very close one. Kemp and Abrams went head to head with narrow margins in 2018.

Early in-person voting numbers are not far off from the 2020 Presidential election.

  • 2022: 2,288,889
  • 2020: 2,697,822
  • 2018: 1,890,364

Election Day voting is Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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