In the great state of Georgia, a new political battle is brewing, as one of the most heated races of the 2022 midterm elections is now headed for a runoff.
With neither candidate able to acquire the requisite percentage of the vote to win outright on election day, incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock will once again face off against Republican contender Herschel Walker on December 6th, 2022.
The news has Senate Democrats opening up their pocketbooks in a major way.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is spending $7 million on field operations in the Georgia Senate runoff, kicking off an expensive overtime race that could give the winning party control of the Senate.
The DSCC’s multimillion-dollar expenditure on its ground game will fund direct voter contact programs, particularly door-to-door canvassing, according to details shared first with POLITICO. The DSCC’s program will fortify get-out-the-vote work conducted by a constellation of nonprofits, PACs and Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock‘s campaign.
Neither Warnock nor Republican Herschel Walker cleared 50 percent during Tuesday’s election, forcing a head-to-head matchup on Dec. 6 between the two candidates. The four-week blitz could break spending records, should the balance of power in the Senate be decided by the results out of Georgia.
The money will be used to address Georgia voters directly.
“We know talking directly to voters through a strong, well-funded ground-game is critical to winning in Georgia, and we’re wasting no time in kick-starting these programs in the runoff,” DSCC chair Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) said in a statement.
The contest has been ugly already, with Warnock and Walker’s supporting PAC’s buying an overwhelming amount of television advertising in order to air dirty laundry about one another ad nauseam in the Peach State…and there’s no indication that these next 4 weeks will be any classier.