yard signs in Maryland

Special Report

The 2022 Midterms

Heated Georgia Senate Race Ends in a Runoff


November 9, 2022


Special Report: The 2022 Midterms



(LOS ANGELES) — The Georgia race for U.S. Senate, which became one of the most heated and widely followed during the 2022 campaign season, has ended in a runoff as neither Republican Herschel Walker nor incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock attained the 50% of the total votes required by state law.

According to Associated Press, both candidates’ numbers have swayed between 48% and 49%.  The two will face off again in December, Politico reports.

Warnock and Walker maintained drastically different positions on major issues throughout their campaigns. In a lengthy debate on Oct. 14 in Savannah, Ga., the candidates sparred over a myriad of topics, including election integrity and abortion.

“I support the Heartbeat Bill; that’s the bill of the people,” Walker said, referring to a state law banning most abortions.

“God gave us a choice, and I respect the right of women to make a decision,” Warnock said.

Warnock currently holds the Senate seat after winning a similar runoff race in 2021. He also serves as the senior pastor at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church (famous for being the Martin Luther King Jr.’s church), where he has worked for over 16 years. Early in his campaign, Warnock was accused of using funds to pay for a lawsuit filed against him, according to Politico. Warnock was also accused of running over his ex-wife’s foot during an argument, according to Newsweek.

He ran in a 2020 special election against then-Senator Kelly Loeffler. Warnock’s victory made him the first Black senator in Georgia’s history.  

Before his political pursuits, Herschel Walker played college football and won a Heisman Trophy in 1982. He also played in the NFL for 12 seasons. Walker’s stance against abortion has remained a key element of his campaign. However, he has been accused of paying for a former girlfriend’s abortion, according to The Daily Beast. Walker allegedly signed a “get well soon” card addressed to his former girlfriend, who underwent the procedure. 

Walker appeared on Fox News to address the allegations. “I never asked anyone to get an abortion. I never paid for an abortion. And it’s a lie,” he said. According to ABC News, a second woman came forward in November claiming that Walker pressured her into getting an abortion. Walker has denied these allegations as well. 

Georgia was a historically red state, though it voted for Joe Biden in 2020. Senate elections then flipped it blue after the victories of Warnock and fellow Senator Jon Ossoff.

The Click reached out to Walker and Warnock’s campaign managers for comment.

Special Report: The 2022 Midterms

A voter submitting their ballot.

November 20, 2022

Clean Elections USA Accused of Voter Intimidation

According to the suit filed last month, the founder of Clean Elections USA, allegedly had supporters gather at ballot boxes in Maricopa County, Arizona, with the intent to deter voters from submitting their absentee ballots.

Vote Yes for Worker's Rights yard sign

November 18, 2022

Illinois Approves Collective Bargaining Measure

Illinois voters approved constitutional Amendment 1, codifying the right to collective bargaining and prohibiting right-to-work laws in the state constitution, with more than 50 percent of voters in favor, according to The Associated Press. Known informally as the Worker’s Rights Amendment (WRA), the measure guarantees Illinois laborers the right to organize themselves, negotiate contracts, and advocate for desired wages and benefits. It further codifies the right to collective bargaining and prohibits right-to-work laws in the state constitution.

November 18, 2022

Karen Bass Wins LA Mayoral Race, Vows to Focus on Homelessness

(LOS ANGELES)  — Democratic Rep. Karen Bass has beat real estate developer Rick Caruso and is posed to become the […]

November 11, 2022

Colorado Legalizes and Decriminalizes Psychedelics

The passage of the bill is another example of Colorado voters supporting initiatives to legalize federally labeled Schedule 1 substances.

photo of democratic mayor elect Melanie Kebler

November 10, 2022

Democrat Elected Mayor of Bend, Oregon

While Oregon is a purple state, Democrats have held power as governors and city council members for years.

Read More