Georgia’s runoff election is seeing eye-popping amounts of money spent

Dec 2, 2022

Democrats are pretty pleased with themselves following the 2022 Midterm elections – and would like even more to celebrate.

Meanwhile, with one more race left, the GOP doesn’t want to give them anything else to be happy about. 

And Georgia’s runoff election is seeing eye-popping amounts of money spent. 

Georgia on my mind

All eyes are on the final race remaining in the 2022 Midterm elections. 

In the general election in the Peach State, incumbent Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock made a huge comeback election night, thanks to early and mail-in ballots.

In the end, the controversial preacher led his Republican challenger, Herschel Walker, by about 35,000 votes – or less than 1-point.

The final result was 49.4% for Warnock, compared to 48.5% for Walker.

However, under Georgia election law, a candidate must receive at least 50% plus one vote in order to win the election.

That means Walker and Warnock are headed for a runoff to be held tomorrow. 

The runoff gives the former Heisman Trophy winner a chance to rally in overtime and keep the Senate deadlocked in a 50-50 tie.

While Democrats will control the majority either way – thanks to Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote – a win for the All-Pro running back would mean Senate committees have an even split of Republicans and Democrats – giving the GOP the opportunity to kill some Democrat bills before they ever get to the floor for a vote.

If Warnock prevails, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer would be able to set all the committee assignments.

More money, more problems

With so much on the line both campaigns – and plenty of outside groups – are spending huge money to get their candidate of choice across the goal line.

In fact, in just four-weeks, nearly $80 million in airtime for political ads has been purchased in Georgia. 

The vast majority of the spending is going to television ad buys. 

Warnock has a massive lead in spending. 

Georgians have watched $54 million worth of pro-Warnock, or anti-Walker ads the past few weeks. 

$25 million of that came from Warnock’s warchest, while $29 million was purchased by outside groups.

Meanwhile, the former Georgia Bulldog has only had $25 million in television spots helping his cause. 

$10 million of it has come from his own campaign, while another $15 million is from outside groups. 

The astronomical spending levels have done their job, getting Georgians to vote early in record numbers. 

The final countdown 

In fact, the runoff set a single day early-voting record of more than 300,000 votes – about 70,000 votes above the previous record set during the 2022 general election. 

There have been about three-quarters of a million early votes in the Peach State runoff at the time of this writing. 

With just one day to go before the December 6 runoff, a new poll is out, showing the incumbent’s spending advantage is getting him results. 

A survey from Emerson College and The Hill, Warnock leads Walker 49%-47%. 

Deplorable Daily will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story. 

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