With the potential fate of the Senate hanging in the balance, our national attention will soon turn to the Peach State, and a runoff election that will almost certainly prove to be a nasty, heated contest.
On December 6th, Georgia voters will once again head to the polls to make a choice between incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and his challenger, Republican Herschel Walker.
Given that the contest could have implications far beyond the borders of Georgia, the Democratic Party is preparing to spend beaucoup bucks in order to have a fighting chance.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is spending $7 million on field operations in the Georgia Senate runoff, kicking off an expensive overtime race that could give the winning party control of the Senate.
The DSCC’s multimillion-dollar expenditure on its ground game will fund direct voter contact programs, particularly door-to-door canvassing, according to details shared first with POLITICO. The DSCC’s program will fortify get-out-the-vote work conducted by a constellation of nonprofits, PACs and Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock‘s campaign.
Neither Warnock nor Republican Herschel Walker cleared 50 percent during Tuesday’s election, forcing a head-to-head matchup on Dec. 6 between the two candidates. The four-week blitz could break spending records, should the balance of power in the Senate be decided by the results out of Georgia.
The work will be direct and smothering.
“We know talking directly to voters through a strong, well-funded ground-game is critical to winning in Georgia, and we’re wasting no time in kick-starting these programs in the runoff,” DSCC chair Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) said in a statement.
The pair have already been involved in a rather nasty bit of campaigning, with each candidate spending an inordinate amount of time attempting to demean and defame their opponents in regard to some very personal issues.
There is no doubt that the next several weeks will get uglier still.