The runoff election in Georgia is a test of Donald Trump’s clout with voters as he seeks the Republican nomination to challenge President Joe Biden in 2024.
Georgia runoff vote to decide US Senate
Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican football legend Herschel Walker are facing off in a final election that will determine whether Democrats can expand their razor-thin majority in the US Senate and solidify Georgia as a battleground state in the next presidential election.
The race will also be a last test of Donald Trump’s clout with voters as he seeks the Republican nomination to challenge President Joe Biden in 2024. The former president had a mixed record in his most competitive endorsements for Congress in the November midterm elections, including Walker.
Walker’s campaign has been plagued by repeated policy gaffes and a variety of allegations, including claims by former girlfriends that he encouraged them to get abortions, although he has campaigned for the procedure to be outlawed. He has denied the accusations.
The runoff set early voting records in Georgia in a race that has become the most expensive of the 2022 US midterm election season, with more than $400 million spent so far. The contest went to a runoff after neither candidate secured 50 per cent of the vote in the November 8 first round.