Georgia’s Senate runoff is just one week away, and Democratic incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock is neck-and-neck against GOP challenger Herschel Walker.
Assisting Walker on the campaign trail is newly re-elected Republican Governor Brian Kemp, who crushed his Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams. Kemp sat down with CNN’s Kaitlan Collins and explained why Georgians should not vote for Warnock.
“The runoff now is a very simple choice,” Kemp said at one point in the interview. “You know, are you going to vote for somebody that’s been with Joe Biden 96% of the time, or are you going to vote for somebody that’s going to go up there and fight for Georgia? And that’s the way I’m voting.”
As pointed out by Collins, Walker was the only statewide GOP candidate in Georgia who did not win in the Peach State during the general election. Now, Kemp is lending his clout to help push the former Heisman Trophy winner over the finish line.
Collins asked, “Does Herschel Walker share your values?”
Kemp responded, “Well, listen, when I’m talking about going to Washington, D.C., and fighting for what Georgians need, I’m talking about the border, 40 year high inflation, astronomical gas prices since Joe Biden took office, and the agenda that Raphael Warnock has supported up there.”
Kemp explained that Walker is the go-to guy for the people of Georgia.
“I mean, to me, it’s that simple in this race,” he said again. “And that’s, you know, why I’m voting for Herschel Walker. I want somebody to go up there and go fight for our state and fight for our citizens, not fight to support a president that really, in my view, is not upholding the values of what Georgians want.”
Kemp also claimed that his recently created federal PAC is designed to “get Herschel Walker elected to the United States Senate” and also help future federal candidates in Georgia.
Repeatedly during the interview, he reminded Republicans to not get “distracted” by other things during this runoff election.
A portion of the interview can be watched here:
Voters are particularly animated in this runoff after neither Walker nor Warnock secured more than 50% of the vote during the general.
Georgia broke another voting record Monday, as more than 300,000 early voters came out to the polls in a single day to cast their ballots.
The turnout smashed the previous early voting record of more than 233,252 votes in 2018.
Democrats currently have a 50-49 seat advantage in the Senate. Polls show that Warnock and Walker are in a virtual dead heat.