Final days of Senate runoff campaign bring heavy hitters to Georgia

ATLANTA — In these final days of the battle for Georgia’s Senate seat, some heavy hitters came to town to rally for their candidates.

Well-known South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham came to Cherokee County Thursday night to campaign for Herschel Walker, while former president Barack Obama came to Atlanta to campaign for Sen. Raphael Warnock.

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“I know it feels like we just did this, and that’s because we did,” said Obama.

Several thousand people packed into Pullman Yards in Northeast Atlanta to see Obama and Warnock once more.

“He’s been standing up for democracy,” Obama said of Warnock. “He’s been fighting to protect a woman’s right to determine her own destiny.”

Obama’s visit came just about a month after he last visited Atlanta to campaign for Warnock before November’s election.

He returned ahead of Tuesday’s senate runoff, and again poked fun at Warnock‘s opponent Herschel Walker.


“Since the last time I was here Mr. Walker has been talking about issues that are of great importance to the people of Georgia, like whether it’s better to be a vampire or a werewolf,” joked Obama about Walker’s recent comments. “This was a debate that I must confess that I once had myself — when I was seven.”

Meanwhile in Cherokee County Thursday night, Walker brought in his own heavy hitter — Graham.

“Well, America needs Georgia. What are you gonna do about it,” asked Graham.

At a rally with Walker in Woodstock, Graham said he also had another question for Georgians.

“Why in the hell would you send Warnock to Washington to undercut everything Kemp is doing in Atlanta? That’s what’s at stake here,” said Graham.

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With the election just days away and with polls again showing a tight race, Graham hoped to give Walker a last -minute boost.

“The reason I’m here is I’ve come to admire Herschel. I like Herschel Walker. I like his family,” said Graham.

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was also supposed to rally with Walker in Cherokee County, cancelled due to a family emergency, the Walker campaign said.


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