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Friday, December 2, 2022

As the United States moves on from the elections, Georgia is preparing for yet another one

The last campaigns are only a few days in the rearview mirror, and the political world is diving into a Georgia Senate race that will reveal the extent of Democrats’ unexpected traction in the midterm elections and whether or not Republicans can move past the long shadow of former President Donald J. Trump. The race in Georgia will reveal whether or not Republicans can move past the long shadow of former President Donald J. Trump.

It is possible that the outcome of a runoff election in Georgia between Senator Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, and Herschel Walker, a Republican former football star, will determine which party controls the Senate; however, this was not clear as of Thursday evening because vote counting was still ongoing in Senate races in Arizona and Nevada.

One thing is for certain, and that is that the runoff election on December 6 will not be inexpensive. According to OpenSecrets, a research organisation that monitors the flow of money in politics, the candidates and their backers have already spent more than a quarter of a billion dollars on the battle that is taking place in Georgia this cycle. The year before, Mr. Warnock prevailed in a runoff for a special election to win his seat, which was held concurrently with a runoff for Senator Jon Ossoff’s seat in the Senate. According to the organisation, those races were the most costly in the history of the House of Representatives.

As the state of Georgia prepares to have its third runoff election in a span of less than two years, citizens, legislators, and political strategists in the state are beginning to feel as if they are living through an endless round of Groundhog Day. Donors are being asked for further contributions in the form of large cheques. Both campaigns are attempting to get notable surrogates to support their candidates in this state. And voters should prepare themselves for another month of relentless political advertising, which will continue right up to Thanksgiving.

Jonathan James
I serve as a Senior Executive Journalist of The National Era
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