Ads featuring the candidates’ former spouses. The word “liar” was shouted in both directions. Stories of an unsanitary residential complex and forced abortions, questioning the independence of a rival.
His knowledge. His capacity for thought. His spirituality.
As the runoff election on December 6 draws near, the bitterness of the protracted Senate race in Georgia between Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock and his Republican opponent, football legend Herschel Walker, has increased.
In stark contrast to two years ago, when the state’s twin runoff elections were about whose party would control the chamber in Washington, Democrats are already guaranteed a majority in the Senate.
According to Warnock, Herschel Walker “majors in lying,” who recently told central Georgia supporters that Walker isn’t serious and doesn’t understand the fundamentals of public affairs.
“However, this election is crucial. Do not mix up those two concepts. Warnock, the senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, is portrayed by Walker as a “hypocrite” who is subservient to Vice President Joe Biden.
Walker names the incumbent “Scooby-Doo,” which approximates the cartoon hound’s gibberish to emphasize the insult.
The candidates’ ferocious efforts to convince their core supporters to vote again over the four weeks between the general election on November 8 and the runoff are reflected in the broadsides.
Walker also hopes to attract more moderates and independents to his campaign after falling behind Gov. Brian Kemp, a fellow Republican on the ticket, by 200,000 votes.
Out of over 4 million votes cast in the first round, Warnock led Walker by 37,000 votes, but the senator fell short of the 50% mark required to avoid a runoff.