Early voting broke a record in Georgia as bittersweet Senate primary tests a red-to-blue drift.

SMYRNA, GA — The state’s record early voting has ended and two highly contested candidates in the Senate pitch in the final sprint on Election Day. This contest will test the Democrat-friendly drift in this election. The former Republican stronghold, which voted to elect President Joe Biden and two Democrats two years ago. Now one of those senators, Raphael Warnock, is fighting for his political life for his party in a tougher environment against controversial former football star Republican rival Herschel Walker. there is. You can set a new record by voting by mail or in person. According to NBC News Early Voting Tracker, 49% are registered Democrats and 42% are Republicans. 70% of them are over 50 and 56% are women. In a recent poll, Walker found that Biden’s low approval ratings and economic woes are bridging the gap between his statistical dead-hit, as he has backfired for Warnock and the Democratic nominee. Walker’s last TV commercial, “Strong,” was active on Georgian airwaves, centering Biden front and center, calling him a “failed president,” and as Walker said, “Families already know that Walker is Warnock at a Thursday rally at the city’s strip mall outside Atlanta. “You went to Washington to represent Georgia, and you decided to represent Joe Biden,” he said. “You said you’d go to Washington and represent the people, but you voted with him 96% of the time.” He closes this cycle by emphasizing his commitment to saving and “a bipartisan commitment to working with anyone if we help Georgia.” He also escalated the attack on Walker to ineligible for the Senate, citing allegations that women he was dating made violent threats and forced abortions: “I think Georgians are angry, and they are me and my partner. You can see the difference between the two, and you can say there’s no comparison at all,” Warnock told reporters during a recent campaign halt: “Character matters. And it’s not just that he’s not ready for the job, he’s not fit for the job.” He is the one who proved it.” Will Republican-leaning rural areas have high turnover? Will Democrats continue to show off their power in the ballot boxes they passed in the recent election? Will the Atlanta suburbs and white college graduates who rejected Republicans under former President Donald Trump turn to Democrats? Will you stick with it or step back? “The story is about whether the Democrats can reach the same level that the Democrats achieved in 2020 in the suburbs. Will you make up for what you lose in the rural areas?” “That’s a challenge, because not all Biden votes in 2020 were for Biden,” said Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt, who helps conduct the NBC News poll. There were parts of it that were against it.” Warnock is appealing to these crossed voters, many of whom tell pollsters that they will vote for the Republican governor Brian Kemp is willing to support Democrats without selling at Walker Warnock and his allies believe Trump He runs a series of advertisements featuring testimonies from various voters who say they can’t support Walker, who became his candidacy due to his early support for Walker, while trying to unite Republicans by showing Warnock leads in internal polls. “Yes. Among Republican voters compared to Walker among Democrats. At a rally here in Smyrna, Walker went for a transgender athlete to women’s sports and mocked Biden’s son Hunter and disparaged the use of pronouns. Pronouns? What’s the alternate pronoun?” He mocked, “I’m tired of my pronouns.” Walker attendees seemed to be grappling with his turbulent past, but some of them said they were willing to overlook it: “He was forgiven for his past,” said Stan Coats, pastor of nearby Marietta, who came to see Walker. “He admitted he had some problems.” She said she was more concerned about drugs and terrorists entering the United States through the Mexican border. “Many people have a turbulent past,” Warnock said in a public statement with his ex-wife. citing the quarrel with Cobb County, Carolyn McDonald of Cobb County, said, “I had problems with both. You had to get past it.” Both campaigns hold hopes to win and avoid overtime, but if neither candidate crosses 50% on Election Night, the race will go to a runoff on December 6th. I think we can get a verdict on Tuesday. We’ll see,” Warnock said. “But the fact that people are coming out in record numbers is great. I think it’s great for democracy. ” Walker spokesman Will Kiley said he was optimistic about winning the first ballot with “the momentum” in favor of the candidate: “On November 9, Herschel Walker will be the great next Georgia State Senator.” “It’s very important to keep the state in turmoil this year,” Nikema Williams, who represents the Atlanta-based constituency and chairs the Democratic Party of Georgia, told NBC News, “It’s very important to us this year,” a black senator from Georgia. People were trying to tell us that it was impossible,” Williams said in an interview. “We have a chance to show that 2020 is no mere coincidence. 2020 has been organized in the field for several years and voters here in Georgia are at the polling place. He showed off his power and that’s what we want to recreate.”
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