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Barack Obama in Atlanta tonight for Raphael Warnock’s campaign rally

ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) — Locked in a close battle for re-election against Republican Herschel Walker, U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock brings in his party’s most popular politician on Thursday night.

Former President Barack Obama returns to Atlanta on December 1 to campaign for Warnock. The nationally watched U.S. Senate runoff in Georgia is scheduled for Dec. 6.

This is Obama’s second visit to Georgia in as many months. He campaigned for Democrat Stacey Abrams, as well as Warnock, at a rally in metro Atlanta on October 28, in the final days of Georgia’s 2022 midterm elections. Abrams failed in his attempt to overthrow incumbent Governor Brian Kemp.

Former first lady Michelle Obama recorded two robocalls for Warnock: one that was sent at the start of early voting in Georgia, and another that will be sent on Election Day.

Kemp, who won more votes than any Republican in the Nov. 8 ballot, appeared with Walker two weekends ago outside a popular Cobb County gun store. Kemp also endorsed Walker in a television commercial that began airing on Thanksgiving.

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Donald Trump, who succeeded Obama in the White House in 2018, touted Walker during his announcement that he would run for president again in 2024.

On Tuesday, Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said: “Voters broke the all-time daily turnout record for in-person early voting on Monday, November 28. On Tuesday morning, 468,000 Georgians voted in person for the December vote. 6 runoff, with an incredible 301,545 voting on Monday.

“Monday’s total is well above previous records of 233,252 voters processed on the last day of early voting in the 2018 general election and 252,715 voters on the highest day of early voting in 2016,” Raffensperger added.

Georgia’s Senate runoff has huge implications for next year and the 2024 presidential election year. If Walker wins, the Senate will remain split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, Vice President Kamala Harris, a Democrat, continuing to cast deciding voters. If Warnock wins, Senate Democrats will have a 51-seat majority.

In 2024, Democrats are defending 21 incumbents and two independents who caucus with them, while the GOP is defending just 10 seats.

Early voting runs until December 2.

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