CNN PROJECTION: Incumbent Raphael Warnock will win Georgia’s Senate runoff, securing a 51-seat Democratic majority. He defeats Trump-backed Republican Herschel Walker. https://t.co/vyfpFhoQZY
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) December 7, 2022
In the week leading up to the runoff election, Warnock targeted the youth vote and advocated for early voting. He was also very vocal on social media, calling out Walker for being “Donald Trump’s hand-picked candidate.”
Earlier Tuesday, Trump took to Truth Social to express his support for Walker, saying: “IMPORTANT: Tomorrow has become TODAY. To the Great State of Georgia, VOTE TODAY FOR HERSCHEL, he will never let you down!”
This election cycle has handed the former president major losses, including Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin and Republican Pennsylvania senatorial candidate Mehmet Oz.
Both Democrats and Republicans have bashed Trump, pointing out that the previously anticipated “red wave” never materialized during the midterm elections. Most notably, Virginia Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle-Sears and Georgia Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan have been outspoken in distancing themselves from the former president.
Earle-Sears told Fox Business last month: “The voters have spoken, and they have said that they want a different leader,” continuing, “and a true leader understands, when they have become a liability, a true leader understands that it’s time to step off the stage. And the voters have given us that very clear message.”
Trump responded to Earle-Sears while sharing a Newsweek article, calling her a “phony.”
Political consultant Craig Agranoff earlier told Newsweek, “If Warnock wins it will possibly show that former President Trump does not hold the clout one might think he has.”
“This will make it a tad bit easier for President [Joe] Biden to get some administrative positions through, as well as judicial.”
This is a breaking story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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