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September 14, 2022: Warnock and Walker will debate in Savannah

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.

In brief: US Senate candidates agree to Oct. 14 debate — Monkeypox cases slow in Georgia — Schumer doles out money to Senate candidates, including Warnock

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.

Monkeypox cases slow in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Public Health says monkeypox cases are slowing and epidemiologists are “cautiously optimistic.”

The majority of the state's monkeypox cases are occurring in Metro Atlanta among Black men who have sex with men, with 60% of infected people also being HIV positive.

Dr. Cherie Drenzek with the Georgia Department of Public Health says of the nearly 1,600 cases so far, just three have been children.

"These children actually were close household contacts of known monkeypox cases," Drenzek said.

Drenzek says about 5% of patients with monkeypox had to be hospitalized.

Schumer sends cash infusion to Democratic Senate candidates

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is sending millions of dollars to Democratic candidates including Georgia’s Raphael Warnock.

Schumer is transferring $15 million from his campaign account to party candidates, incumbents, and political committees for the fall election.

Warnock is one of four incumbent senators and five Democratic challengers in battleground states that are receiving $1 million from Schumer. He is also sending $5 million to the Democratic Senate Committee.

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.
Ellen Eldridge is a digital producer for GPB. She has previously worked as a breaking news reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The topics she most often writes about as a freelance reporter are mental health issues, crime and public safety. Ellen graduated Kennesaw State University magna cum laude in 2015 with a degree in communication focused on journalism.
Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!