Raphael Warnock has the cash advantage over Herschel Walker

Rev. Raphael Warnock, Democratic senator for Georgia (L), and Georgia Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Herschel Walker.

Reuters

Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock’s campaign has nearly three times as much cash on hand as Republican candidate Herschel Walker’s heading into the final stretch of Georgia’s Senate race, according to new Federal Election Commission filings.

Warnock, who is trying to defend his seat in a close race, had just over $29 million on hand as of November 16. Walker, a former NFL player and favorite of former President Donald Trump, had more than $9.8 million on hand heading into the final weeks of the election.

The records show fundraising data for each candidate from Oct. 20 — days before the midterm elections — through Nov. 16. Warnock’s campaign raised $52 million during that period, compared to Walker’s nearly $21 million, records show.

The run-off election is scheduled for December 6. The battle between Warnock and Walker went to a new round after neither candidate received the 50% of the vote needed to win the seat outright under state rules in the November 8 midterms.

Warnock leads Walker by 4 percentage points, according to an AARP poll.

Democrats will hold control of the Senate in the next Congress by at least 50 seats. The Georgia race will determine whether they can get an outright majority — and likely rely less often on Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote.

In the midterms, Democrats flipped Pennsylvania’s GOP-held Senate seat and defended contested seats in Arizona and Nevada.

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