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Warnock, Walker confirm one debate

A new poll conducted by the University of Georgia for the AJC show incumbent US Senator Raphael Warnock with a narrow lead over his GOP opponent Herschel Walker.
Gerri Hernandez
Warnock for Senate

US Senator Rev. Raphael Warnock has agreed to one debate with his GOP opponent, Herschel Walker, while pressing Walker for a second debate in Atlanta or Macon.

Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker will debate October 14th.

The Democratic senator accepted his Republican challenger's proposal for the event in Savannah, but renewed his call for an additional debate in either Macon or Atlanta. Walker has not yet responded to the idea of a second matchup.

Warnock’s announcement comes after weeks of jockeying between the two campaigns. The Oct. 14 debate will be hosted by WSAV-TV, owned by Nexstar Media Group. It will be shown on Nexstar and other stations across Georgia. Nexstar has promised a live audience.

Georgia’s Senate race is one of the most closely watched in the country as Republicans try to wrest back control of Congress. Concurrent 2021 runoff victories by Warnock and Jon Ossoff gave Democrats control of the Senate thanks to Vice President Kamala Harris’ tiebreaking vote, but Warnock has to run again this November to win a full six-year term.

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