2022 midterm elections: Key races in Georgia remain close; Walker, Warnock in tightest US Senate race

ATLANTA– Georgia’s Senate race between Sen. Raphael Warnock, who is trying to win a full six-year term, and Georgia soccer icon and Republican challenger Herschel Walker could determine the outcome of the Senate party’s collapse.

Georgia has seen historic early voting numbers as FiveThirtyEight polls show the Walker-Warnock race is the closest Senate race in the country.

Meanwhile, incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp is trying to fend off a repeated challenge for governor from Democrat Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost to Kemp in 2018.

Here’s a breakdown of these key Georgia races:

Senate: Warnock vs. Walker

Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia stepped up his criticism of Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker ahead of Election Day to say the prominent athlete is fundamentally unfit for Capitol Hill.

Warnock’s postponement comes after he avoided direct attacks on Walker, instead trying to portray his work on Capitol Hill as non-partisan and good for all Georgians.

From a rally with former President Barack Obama to a nationwide bus tour taking place on the eve of Election Day Tuesday, Warnock has called Walker a “pathological liar” who has exaggerated and accused of his business, academic, professional and philanthropic accomplishments committed violence against his family members and paying for girlfriends’ abortions despite his public opposition to the procedure.

“This is a man lying about the most basic facts of his life,” Warnock said on a stage he shared with Obama. “And now he wants the rest of us … to sort of pretend he’s a United States Senator now. … Herschel Walker is not ready. He’s not ready. Not only is he not ready. He’s not fit.”

Walker, who denies ever being paid for abortions, is sticking to an argument he’s been making for months: that Warnock is a hallmark of President Joe Biden and a Democratic congressional majority supporting Walker for inflation, rising crime and a sustained influx of immigrants blamed across the US-Mexico border.

“He talked about how I’m not ready. No, you’re not ready,” Walker replied Thursday in suburban Atlanta. “Because 96% of the time you either voted with Joe Biden or you had no idea what you were doing. You choose what you want — no idea what you’re doing or you voted with him 96% of the time it’s going in the wrong direction.”

The Georgia matchup could help determine which party controls the Senate for the last two years of Biden’s tenure. The chamber is now split 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris giving Democrats the casting vote.

On Monday, more than 2.5 million Georgia voters cast early ballots, about 20% more than the number who voted early for the 2018 midterm election.

Governor: Abrams v. Kemp

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams offered different visions for Georgia on abortion, the economy and elections.

At their recent debate, Kemp said “it is not my desire” to have more abortion restrictions, but he would consider bills presented to him by a Republican legislature. Abrams said she would support legal abortion until a fetus is viable outside the womb.

Abrams accused Kemp of using election laws to support his own elections, while Kemp said Abrams lied about voting in Georgia to help and enrich himself.

Former President Donald Trump had endorsed former Senator David Perdue as governor against Kemp in retaliation for disagreeing with lies about the stolen 2020 election.

ABC News and ABC Owned TV Stations contributed to this report.

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