Waves of bitter attack announcements dominate the Georgian airwaves as the runoff between Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker enters its home stretch.
Even with Senate control already secured, the stakes are high as Democrats seek an outright majority instead of the power-sharing deal currently in place. This has led candidates and allied outside groups to wage a bitter battle for the final seat, spending millions of dollars, launching personal attacks and delving into divisive debates as the run-off of the 6th december.
“Is it just me or do we feel like we’ve been here before? The whole country is done voting, and it’s just us,” observes Warnock in a new ad featuring a beagle familiar – a comment on the last round of voting in Georgia, from which he emerged victorious. He goes on to say that Walker “repeats the same lies, trying to distract from what we all know to be true about him.”
Walker, meanwhile, debuted a new spot over Thanksgiving week that features a college athlete criticizing transgender athlete participation policies.
“Warnock is afraid to stand up for female athletes,” Walker says in the ad.
Outside groups have also increased the intensity of the attacks. Georgia Honor, a Democratic super PAC, launched an ad highlighting the domestic violence allegations against Walker and reporting that Walker paid for a woman’s abortion.
Georgia Honor also launched an ad focused on abortion, a winning issue for midterm Democrats.
Meanwhile, the Senate Leadership Fund, a prominent Republican super PAC, hit back at Warnock, launching an ad that claims “low-income building linked to Sen. Raphael Warnock is filing eviction notices against residents.” The ad also criticizes Warnock and President Joe Biden for their “reckless spending” that “continues to drive up inflation.”
How the numbers break down: The Senate Leadership Fund announced plans to spend more than $14 million on the runoff, helping Walker bridge an otherwise large publicity gap with Warnock and his Democratic allies. So far, the group has spent around $11.5 million.
Overall, candidates and groups from both parties combined to spend $57.7 million on the runoff, including future bookings through Dec. 6, according to AdImpact data. Democrats are outpacing Republicans by about $37.4 million to $20.2 million so far.
Warnock is the top advertiser, with about $18.1 million, while Herschel Walker spent about $6.4 million.