The Georgia Senate runoff election is on Tuesday and at this point, it’s difficult to see which way this is going to go. One thing that is known for sure is that there is a lot of voting going on already.
NBC News reports:
Georgia Senate runoff smashes early voting records — and attracts new voters
Georgia has set new records for early voting again as the two Senate candidates blitz the state ahead of Tuesday’s runoff election. And the contest is drawing new voters, too.
More than 1.85 million Georgians have voted early, according to the office of Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, breaking two single-day records in about a week.
Among those who have already turned out, 56% were women and 44% men. White voters made up 55% of early voters, 32% were Black, and Latinos and Asian Americans each accounted for less than 2% of the total.
Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock is facing Republican former football star Herschel Walker for a six-year term after neither reached the 50% needed to win on the first ballot in the Nov. 8 general election. With the balance of power in the Senate at stake, both candidates have been barnstorming the state to mobilize their voters in the final three days ahead of the crucial election.
I’m hesitant to give too much credence to polls after what just happened in the midterms, so take this with a grain of salt.
According to CNN, Warnock has a slight lead:
CNN Poll: Warnock holds a narrow edge over Walker in final undecided Senate contest
In the final undecided Senate contest of 2022, Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia holds a narrow lead over Republican challenger Herschel Walker among those likely to vote in a runoff election Tuesday, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS.
The survey shows that Walker faces widespread questions about his honesty and suffers from a negative favorability rating, while nearly half of those who back him say their vote is more about opposition to Warnock than support for Walker. Voters’ modestly more positive views of Warnock and a firmly committed base of supporters appear to boost the incumbent in the new poll.
Overall, 52% of likely voters say they plan to support Warnock in Tuesday’s runoff and 48% pick Walker. Partisans on both sides are deeply entrenched, with nearly all Democrats (99%) behind Warnock and 95% of Republicans backing Walker. Independents break in Warnock’s favor, 61% to 36%, but make up a relatively small slice of likely voters, 17%, compared with 24% in a CNN exit poll of voters in the first round of this contest last month.
One thing we know for sure is that the mainstream media’s coverage is completely typical. The majority of coverage of Walker has been negative and anything controversial about Warnock is ignored.
Rich Noyes reports at NewsBusters:
Georgia Run-Off: Walker 88% Negative News, 71% POSITIVE for Warnock
In an election year where the liberal media pounded Republicans with bad press while rewarding Democrats with a favorable news agenda, no race has seen more manipulative national media coverage than the Georgia Senate race between incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker…
■ All Scrutiny on Walker: The networks spent the lion’s share of their airtime focusing on Walker, while Warnock received a free ride. Our analysts looked at all 87 minutes of evening news coverage of the Georgia Senate race from September 1 through November 29. About three-fourths of this coverage (64 minutes, 42 seconds) was spent discussing Walker, vs. 21 minutes, 12 seconds talking about Warnock — a three-to-one disparity. [The remaining minutes of airtime focused on voters or the election process without referencing the candidates.]…
■ No Airtime for Warnock’s Personal Controversies: The massive disparity we found in tone is directly due to the lopsided agenda of these news stories. These networks found it worthwhile to delve into multiple accusations against Herschel Walker, while showing zero interest in allegations against his Democratic competitor.
We’ll know the outcome in a few days. At this point, nothing would surprise me.DONATE
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