Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of New York is planning on spending heavily to re-elect Raphael Warnock in the runoff election in Georgia. A victory for the incumbent would give his party an absolute majority in the Senate for the coming two years.
A superPAC associated with Senate Majority, which is supporting the incumbent, is spending more than $5.83 million on television advertising in Georgia. The ad buy, which was reported by NBC News, features a 30-second spot that highlights the past violent behavior of Herschel Walker, a former professional football player.
The ad begins by playing clips of Walker's past romantic partners, who have accused him of violent behavior. It then concludes by saying that Walker doesn't belong in the Senate.
If the runoff election between Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker is close, then the Democrats will have 51 seats, which would give them a majority in the Senate for the next two years. They would also gain one seat after John Fetterman of Pennsylvania won the special election to replace Pat Toomey. That would mean that their majority would no longer depend on Kamala Harris' tiebreaking vote.
A 51-seat majority would allow the Democrats to hold a majority on the Senate's committees and vote to subpoena individuals. This would be a huge boost for their efforts, as they have not been able to do so in the past two years.
Although he was able to finish ahead of Walker on November 8, he failed to secure the 50% of the vote needed to avoid a runoff. This has led to a huge influx of money from the Democratic groups in the state. In two years, Warnock pushed an appointed Republican lawmaker, Kelly Loeffler, into a runoff, and won narrowly. Georgia Honor, one of the biggest spenders in the race, is on track to spend over $25 million.
Groups supporting the Republican candidate have also started pouring millions into the race, and they are relying on the help of Brian Kemp, the governor of Georgia. Some in the party are worried that the Senate majority may not be in play when the election is held, which could prevent grassroots conservatives from coming out in force.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on Washington Examiner.