May 30, 2024


The Legal System

Bob Keefe

Here are the latest developments in the Georgia Senate runoff.

With only three days left in the closely watched Senate runoff election in Georgia, Senator Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, and his Republican opponent, Herschel Walker, are closing out the campaign with the divergent strategies they have deployed through much of the 2022 midterm cycle.

While Mr. Warnock has kept a packed schedule of public events and press interviews this weekend, Mr. Walker has preferred a less visible approach.

The candidates’ closing arguments have not changed much since last month, when Mr. Warnock edged out Mr. Walker on Election Day but fell short of the 50 percent threshold, sending the race into overtime.

Mr. Warnock has focused on promoting both Democrats’ policy victories and his willingness to work with Republicans. Mr. Walker has sought to tie the senator to President Biden’s agenda, while also facing accusations of violent behavior.

Here’s what else to know:

  • Mr. Warnock started Sunday morning at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he is the senior pastor. He peppered his sermon — before a packed room of longtime parishioners, members of Congress and members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity that he belongs to — with allusions to the election, reminding the parish multiple times to vote. He ended with a refrain he has used on the campaign trail: “Keep the faith and keep looking up.”

  • Mr. Walker’s campaign held one rally in Loganville, about an hour east of Atlanta, on Sunday, part of what his campaign is calling an “Evict Warnock Bus Tour.” He was joined by two men he hopes will be future colleagues: Senators Tim Scott of South Carolina and John Kennedy of Louisiana.

  • Mr. Warnock finished Sunday with a pair of campaign rallies in Athens, home to the University of Georgia, including one at a student center named for Zell Miller, the last Georgia Democrat to win a Senate seat before 2021.