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Walker, Warnock trade barbs as voters head to the polls to decide final Senate race

Georgia Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican rival Herschel Walker ended their second campaign on Tuesday with some warring words about each other.

“At this point, I’ll be pitting my character against Raphael Warnock any day,” Walker said during an Election Day campaign stop at the Marietta Diner in Marietta, Georgia, after a reporter pointed out that “the issue of character is very important to voters.” .’

Walker, a Georgia football Heisman winner and ex-NFL player backed by former President Donald Trump, has faced a number of allegations during his run, including that the pro-life Republican pressured female friends to have abortions and insulted was in front of relatives.

Walker denied the abortion claims and said he was outspoken about past mental health issues.

Walker hopes to oust Warnock from his Senate seat, leaving the Democrats on a 50-50 split, rather than a true majority, should the Democrat win. However, each poll during the runoff period, Warnock has shown a lead.

Georgia polls close at 7 p.m. EST.

Warnock rallied supporters at a kickoff event in Norcross, Georgia, noting that he had been on the ballot five times in just over two years.

“So I’m completely familiar with moe,” he said. “But let me tell you my definition of tired this morning: Six years should be represented by Herschel Walker.”

“That, my friends, will be exhausting,” the Democrat added.

Walker Warnock Trade Barbs As Voters Head To The Polls

“At this point, I’ll be pitting my character against Raphael Warnock any day,” Republican Herschel Walker (right) said during an Election Day campaign Tuesday at the Marietta Diner in Marietta, Georgia

1670370241 623 Walker Warnock Trade Barbs As Voters Head To The Polls

1670370241 623 Walker Warnock Trade Barbs As Voters Head To The Polls

“But let me tell you my definition of moe this morning: Six years should be represented by Herschel Walker,” said Demoratic Sen. Raphael Warnock of Norcross, Georgia Tuesday

Voters In Georgia Wait In Line To Vote Tuesday In The Second Round Of The Senate Race Between Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock And Republican Herschel Walker

Voters In Georgia Wait In Line To Vote Tuesday In The Second Round Of The Senate Race Between Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock And Republican Herschel Walker

Voters in Georgia wait in line to vote Tuesday in the second round of the Senate race between Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker

Warnock and his top surrogate, former President Barack Obama, have characterized Walker as clueless about public policy, who will not be able to do the job of a US senator.

Warnock hasn’t helped himself — he went viral when he revealed he’d rather be a werewolf than a vampire during a campaign freeze in mid-November — accidentally saying this “erection is about the people.”

“The people of Georgia deserve someone to walk with them. And Georgia is better than Herschel Walker,” Warnock said Tuesday morning.

“I’m not talking about his humanity. I’m talking about his fitness to serve,” Warnock continued.

“Georgia is better than that,” he added.

Warnock has already served in the Senate for two years after his 2020 special election ended in a runoff against Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler, whom Republican Governor Brian Kemp selected to replace outgoing GOP Senator Johnny Isakson.

After winning a primary and qualifying for the second round, he is on the ballot to win a full six-year term.

Warnock said the Democrats left nothing to chance.

“That’s why we stand here to be sprinkled and baptized again,” said Warnock, who serves as a senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. preached.

A Sample Ballot Is Displayed At Zion Baptist Church During The Senate Midterm Elections In Marietta, Georgia

A Sample Ballot Is Displayed At Zion Baptist Church During The Senate Midterm Elections In Marietta, Georgia

A sample ballot is displayed at Zion Baptist Church during the Senate midterm elections in Marietta, Georgia

A Supporter Takes A Selfie With Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock, Who Hopes To Win A Full Six-Year Term In The U.s. Senate On Tuesday

A Supporter Takes A Selfie With Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock, Who Hopes To Win A Full Six-Year Term In The U.s. Senate On Tuesday

A supporter takes a selfie with Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock, who hopes to win a full six-year term in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday

Voters Wait In Line Outside A Polling Station In Columbus, Georgia On Tuesday To Decide The Final Senate Race Of The 2022 Midterm Elections

Voters Wait In Line Outside A Polling Station In Columbus, Georgia On Tuesday To Decide The Final Senate Race Of The 2022 Midterm Elections

Voters wait in line outside a polling station in Columbus, Georgia on Tuesday to decide the final Senate race of the 2022 midterm elections

Republican Nominee Herschel Walker Poses For A Photo With A Supporter At The Marietta Diner, Where He Made Election Day Tuesday

Republican Nominee Herschel Walker Poses For A Photo With A Supporter At The Marietta Diner, Where He Made Election Day Tuesday

Republican nominee Herschel Walker poses for a photo with a supporter at the Marietta Diner, where he made Election Day Tuesday

Residents Stand Outside An Atlanta Polling Place With Umbrellas On Georgia Senate Election Day

Residents Stand Outside An Atlanta Polling Place With Umbrellas On Georgia Senate Election Day

Residents stand outside an Atlanta polling place with umbrellas on Georgia Senate Election Day

Warnock cautioned that while early voting looked good — nearly 2 million Georgians went to the polls ahead of election days, with Democrats favoring early voting — Walker still had “a path.”

‘The job is not done. The truth is my opponent can still win this election,” Warnock said. “More of our voters vote early and more of his voters vote on Election Day.”

At the Marietta Diner, Walker expressed optimism that he would pull it off.

“I’m going out and winning this election. Herschel Walker is going to be your senator and things are going to change,” he told reporters.

The men are back on the ballot because neither of them got the required 50 percent plus one vote to win the November race outright.

On the first ballot, Warnock finished ahead with 1,943,737 votes to Walker’s 1,907,272 votes, or 0.9 percent.

As he left the restaurant on Tuesday, Walker refused to answer a question about whether he would concede.

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