Republican Herschel Walker, Democratic incumbent Reverend Raphael Warnock and Libertarian Chase Oliver are vying for the seat.
ATLANTA — All eyes are on Georgia, a generally red-hot, reliable state with Democratic-dominated U.S. Senate seats — but that may all change in November.
Voters will have the opportunity to elect a member of the U.S. Senate to represent Peach State in the nation’s capital and that seat has the potential to secure the Democratic majority in Congress or give Republicans an edge in the Senate.
The outcome of the U.S. Senate race in Georgia will have national implications, meaning every ballot matters a lot more on Election Day.
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Here are the candidates running and what they represent, according to their campaigns.
Reverend Raphael Warnock (D – Incumbent)
Senator Warnock won the U.S. Senate seat in the 2020 special election. He won the seat previously held by Senator Kelly Loeffler, who was appointed after Senator Johnny Isakson resigned. The reversal of the historically Republican seat helped give Democrats a majority in the Senate. He plans to run on similar values with a new emphasis on “working across the aisle” and infrastructure. Warnock is the pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
Here’s where he stands on popular questions.
Warnock acknowledges that the global coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the economy and financial security of Georgians and pledges to keep this in mind as they fight for workers and oppose tax breaks that do not benefit people. working families.
Focusing on job creation, Warnock said he is looking for opportunities to improve infrastructure while bolstering business in key areas of the state. The Warnock team said it has secured funding to create a new inland port in Hall County that will help create 700 new jobs while ensuring there are federal funds to keep the port growing. of Savannah – two key players who can help improve Georgia’s economy.
His the campaign hits its record high in the Senate so far, including working with two Republican senators and a Democrat to reintroduce legislation that will protect small businesses from security breaches and efforts to save clean energy jobs.
The Reverend is described as “a tireless advocate for Medicaid expansion,” which his campaign describes as key to keeping rural hospitals open.
Ultimately, Warnock’s goal is to expand affordable access to health care, working in the Senate to cap the cost of insulin and prescription costs for seniors. He is also partnering with the Senate to pass a federal Medicaid-like program to help cover more than half a million uninsured Georgians, according to his campaign.
With Georgia’s maternal mortality rate rising, Warnock also introduced the Kira Johnson Act to help stem the crisis. He announced that he rejects money from PAC companies to limit the influence of insurance and pharmaceutical companies, his website reads.
Warnock believes that electoral integrity is rooted in the right to vote.
He introduced the Election Subversion Prevention Act Targeting Georgia’s SB 202, a controversial election law passed after the 2020 election. Warnock’s proposal helps close loopholes his campaign said exist in current election law. of Georgia, which makes it a crime to harass or intimidate election workers, would help prevent local officials from being removed from office for partisan reasons, and relies on federal courts to stop partisan efforts to take control of local electoral administrations.
The senator is also working to ensure that the Freedom to Vote Act becomes law, which would set a federal standard and give a citizen the right to vote in any election for federal office, whether or not they have been convicted of a felony – unless the person is serving a felony sentence.
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Herschel Walker (R)
A former NFL running back and University of Georgia great, the Heisman Trophy winner plays the field and takes on the political arena starting with the Senate race.
The businessman is running as a Trump-backed Christian candidate in Georgia, on the stalwarts of an anti-abortion, pro-law enforcement and pro-veterans campaign platform. If elected, he would impact the partisan balance of the US Senate and argues that he upholds conservative family values and will bring them to Congress.
Here’s where he stands on the issues Georgians think are important.
Walker says his business acumen will help the nation become energy independent to help lower gas prices, create more jobs in the United States and strengthen national security.
CEO of two companies, his campaign said his small business had become a major supplier of minority-owned food products in the country. Walker intends to use his experience to fight for lower taxes, less government regulation and more free market capitalism.
Economically, he plans to support Georgia’s strong industries in agriculture, tourism, film production and manufacturing – although his campaign does not specify how.
Since being diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, Walker has worked to break the stigma surrounding mental health, making awareness a personal priority.
Walker relies heavily on prayer and faith to guide him, with his campaign calling him a “compassionate conservative who is pro-life and pro-family”. He stressed during the election campaign that families should make their own personal decisions with little government interference.
Walker pledged to protect and preserve the U.S. Constitution and stood by the debunked claim that there was voter fraud in the 2020 election.
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Chase Olivier (L)
Casting himself as the candidate not focused on special interests, deadlocks and partisan fights – Chase Oliver is running as the libertarian candidate in hopes of fitting into the two-party system of the US Senate.
Oliver’s priorities are to reform the country’s immigration system and simplify complex laws and regulations to help improve the country’s economy and quality of life. He also hopes to hold the people, not the government, accountable by ending qualified immunity for federal law enforcement and ending mandatory minimum sentences to reform the justice system.
Here’s where he stands on other major issues.
The libertarian proposed going through tax and regulatory codes line by line to make it easier to start a new business and remove the competitive advantages that big business has used through lobbying. Oliver also thinks Georgia should officially legalize cannabis to help boost the economy and get more people out of jail and jail.
People create jobs, not government, according to Oliver’s campaign, which is why his priority is to help businesses thrive in the fairest way possible.
When it comes to health care, Oliver aims to leave the personal decisions to the patient. He doesn’t want the government to expand its involvement in everyone’s well-being and commit to ending programs that do so while protecting everyone’s civil liberties.
Oliver’s point of view is simple: protect people’s civil liberties.
It plans to decriminalize cannabis, end prosecutions for “victimless crimes” and not limit a person’s inherent rights – such as the right to vote. He believes that law enforcement and the government should assume their role in securing freedom instead of denying or limiting it.