Obama will run for Warnock before the Georgia Senate runoff

Former President Barack Obama will once again campaign for Sen. Raphael Warnock when the Georgia Democrat faces Republican Herschel Walker in a December 6 runoff.

Obama will return to the Peach State on December 1, FOX 5 Atlanta reported. The date is significant because it is the eve of the last day of the early in-person vote, which has proved critical for Democrats in recent years.

Warnock won a special election in the runoff almost two years ago.

Obama had already appeared with Warnock during the snap vote in the general election at the end of October.

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Former President Barack Obama, repeating his battlefield blitz ahead of the midterm elections, will run again for Senator Raphael Warnock, while the Georgia Democrat is looking to withstand a stiff challenge from Republican Herschel Walker ahead of his Dec. 6 runoff.

Former President Barack Obama, repeating his battlefield blitz ahead of the midterm elections, will run again for Senator Raphael Warnock, while the Georgia Democrat is looking to withstand a stiff challenge from Republican Herschel Walker ahead of his Dec. 6 runoff.
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The run-off election was triggered under Georgian law, although Warnock had Walker in the lead in the general election with around 36,000 votes because Warnock failed to get a majority.

Warnock has spent much of his re-election campaign targeting independent voters and moderate Republicans. Obama is the only major National Democrat who has personally campaigned for Warnock.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker addresses supporters at a campaign event November 16, 2022 in McDonough, Georgia.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker addresses supporters at a campaign event November 16, 2022 in McDonough, Georgia.
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Republicans have attempted to frame the race as a national referendum across the two parties, tying Warnock to President Biden and historically high inflation.

Democrats have already defended their Senate majority in the midterm elections, securing 50 seats, along with Vice President Kamala Harris’ landmark vote. Georgia remains an important seat, however, as a 51st senator would give Democrats an outright majority, including on Senate committees, while also insuring the caucus from defection.

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US Capitol Building
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Obama remains popular with the Democratic grassroots and is still well regarded by independents.

Obama had previously argued Republicans were not offering any real solutions to inflation, which is a global phenomenon and not something created by Biden and the Democrats in Washington. The former president has also called Republicans a threat to democracy, noting many GOP leaders’ continued support for former President Donald Trump and his unsubstantiated claims that the 2020 election was stolen.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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