Herschel Walker says Georgia's record Senate runoff voter turnout 'looks good for me'

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DALTON, Ga. – Republican nominee Herschel Walker says that the record turnout so far in early voting in Georgia's Dec. 6 Senate runoff election "looks good" for his bid to try and unseat Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in the key southeastern battleground state.

More than 1 million Georgians have already cast ballots in early voting, according to state officials, and Democrats have aggressively pushed for their supporters to get to the polls to give Warnock a head start ahead of next Tuesday's runoff election.

"I think the turnout we’re seeing is good, and I want to encourage people to stick with it," Warnock said earlier this week on the campaign trail.

To boost his early voting turnout full court press, the senator will be joined by former President Obama at a rally in Atlanta Thursday evening, the eve of the final day to vote ahead of next Tuesday's contest.

Democrats point to early voting data that indicates high turnout so far in blue counties and congressional districts. However, Walker pushed back on the notion that Warnock and the Democrats were dominating early voting in the Georgia runoff.

"The people right now are having their voices heard, and their vote counted, and I'm happy with the turnout because I think it looks good for me," Walker told Fox News.

"I think the people that are coming out from what I hear and see, it's going to be a good thing for us," Walker added as he was interviewed in his campaign bus after a rally at a community center in this small city in the northwestern corner of the state.

Walker, a former professional and college football star who won the Heisman Trophy and steered the Georgia Bulldogs to a national championship, was narrowly edged by Warnock – the pastor at Atlanta's famed Ebenezer Baptist Church where Martin Luther King, Jr. once preached – in November's general election. Warnock led Walker by roughly 37,000 votes out of nearly 4 million cast. However, since neither candidate topped 50% of the vote required by Georgia law to secure victory, the race headed to a runoff.

Walker launched his Senate campaign in the summer of last year, after months of encouragement to run by former President Trump, his longtime friend. Trump held in-person rallies in Georgia for Walker in September 2021 and March of this year but has not returned to the Peach State to campaign in-person since Walker easily won the May Republican Senate primary.

The former president will hold a tele-rally with Walker ahead Tuesday's runoff, Republican sources confirmed to Fox News. However, the former president will not travel to the Peach State to hold an in-person rally with Walker.

Sources close to both the Walker and Trump camps said that Walker's team did not ask Trump to visit in person, and the former president did not suggest that he would appear in Georgia. With the Warnock campaign running an ad that ties Walker to the former president and emphasizing "Stop Donald Trump" and "Stop Herschel Walker," there seems to be an acknowledgment by both the Walker and Trump camps that an appearance by the former president would potentially carry more political risks than rewards.... (Read more)