Schumer-linked group targets Walker with another round of attack ads

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Republican nominee for U.S Senate Herschel Walker speaks during a campaign rally on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022 in Canton, Ga.. Walker is in a runoff with incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) John Bazemore/AP

Schumer-linked group targets Walker with another round of attack ads

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is sparing no expense to reelect Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) in the Georgia runoff election, a victory that would deliver his party an outright majority in the Senate for the next two years.

Georgia Honor, a super PAC affiliated with the Schumer-aligned Senate Majority PAC, is investing another $5.83 million into television advertising on the Georgia airwaves ahead of Tuesday’s runoff contest. The ad buy, reported by NBC News, targets Republican challenger Herschel Walker with a 30-second spot highlighting the former professional football player’s checkered personal life that has included alleged violent threats against women.

“Herschel Walker’s violence has hurt so many people,” the advertisement’s voice-over says before playing clips of the Republican’s past romantic partners recounting the allegations against him. The ad closes with the voice-over saying: “Herschel Walker doesn’t belong in the Senate.”

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If Warnock holds off Walker in Tuesday’s voting, the Democrats will emerge from this year’s midterm elections with 51 Senate seats, a gain of one after Sen.-elect John Fetterman (D-PA) defeated Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz to win control of the seat being relinquished by retiring Sen. Pat Toomey (R). That gain by the Democrats would mean their Senate majority no longer rests on Vice President Kamala Harris’s tiebreaking vote.

Wielding a 51-seat majority would also grant Senate Democrats a majority of the votes on committees and the votes to subpoena people to appear before Senate committees, which they have lacked the past two years.

Warnock finished ahead of Walker on Nov. 8 but failed to garner the 50% of the vote he needed to avoid a runoff. Two years ago, Warnock was the challenger who pushed an appointed Republican incumbent, Kelly Loeffler, into a runoff, winning that race narrowly. To aid Warnock’s campaign, Democratic groups are spending furiously. Georgia Honor, among the biggest spenders in the runoff, is on track to invest nearly $25 million.

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Republican groups are also pouring millions into this race and enlisting the help of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R), who was easily reelected last month. But some in the party worry that without the Senate majority being in play, grassroots conservatives will not be motivated to turn out in sufficient numbers to oust Warnock.

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