Former President Obama To Stump For Sen. Warnock Ahead Of Georgia Runoff

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Former President Barack Obama will be stumping for Georgia Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock on Dec. 1, ahead of the Dec. 6th Georgia Senate runoff election.

Obama will headline a get-out-the-vote rally in Atlanta, returning to the state after stumping for Warnock on Oct. 28, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. In his previous speech, the former Democratic president emphasized the importance of democracy, telling Georgians that “democracy is not self executing” and reminding them that “it depends on us working, nurturing, caring for it, not just on Election Day, but every day in between,” The Hill reported.

The former President remains extremely popular with Democratic voters, with polls showing approval ratings over 90%, according to surveys CNN cited in 2019. Obama’s support is highest with black Democrats, who gave him a 99% approval rating in a 2017 Pew Research poll, CNN noted. (RELATED: GOP Made Massive, Double-Digit Gains Among Young Black, Hispanic Voters: POLL)

Warnock faces Republican candidate Herschel Walker in a runoff election after neither candidate secured 50% of the vote in the initial Senate contest. In the first election, Warnock received 49.4% to Walker’s 48.5%, with 2.1% going to Libertarian Party candidate Chase Oliver.

Democrats have outspent Republicans 3 to 1 in the early stages of campaigning ahead of the runoff election, NBC News reported. Warnock and his associated groups have spent $16.9 million in ads compared to $5.4 million spent by the Walker campaign and his allies. The first ad Warnock aired focused on his character, while Walker’s first ad highlighted the issue of transgender athletes playing women’s sports.