Georgia Senate race between Herschel Walker and Raphael Warnock
With the Georgia Senate runoff just days away between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker, big hitters and big dollars from both national parties are pouring into the state for a race that will determine the balance of power within the Democratic-controlled Senate. Next year.
If the Republican wins, the parties will again split the Senate 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris offering a deciding vote and the Democrats any possible advantage.
Democrats will control the chamber after party incumbents held firm and John Fetterman of Pennsylvania secured a seat held by incumbent GOP Senator Pat Toomey.
But it remains a race with serious consequences.
In the short term, a Warnock victory would give Democrats more power as they seek a firmer grip on the procedural life of the Senate, which could help them confirm more Biden nominees more quickly. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin would also lose some influence if Majority Leader Chuck Schumer had a vote to spare, which could have added significance given Manchin faces re-election in 2024.
Senate Minority Whip John Thune, a Republican from South Dakota, clarified the issues on Monday.
“Having an equally divided Senate means you get equal representation on committees,” Thune said. “We managed to retain some bad candidates at the committee level. So (the race in Georgia had) had real consequences.
Coin also admitted his party could use a morale boost after underperforming midterm expectations, despite the House takeover narrowly.
« It would be nice to get a win on the books, and especially in a state like Georgia, where frankly we think we should win, » Thune said.
Beyond that, looking ahead to the next election in 2024, Republicans — already with a brighter card than this year — would be in a better position to win back a majority, possibly a sizable one, if Walker can boost their numbers now.