Warnock For Georgia Campaign Ramps Up Mobilization Efforts Ahead of December Runoff Election - Warnock for Georgia

Warnock For Georgia Campaign Ramps Up Mobilization Efforts Ahead of December Runoff Election

November 17, 2022 
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Warnock For Georgia Campaign Ramps Up Mobilization Efforts Ahead of December Runoff Election

Campaign Will Have 900 Paid Staffers Over 18 Counties To Drive Turnout

Atlanta, GA – Today, a new report highlighted the Warnock for Georgia campaign’s efforts to ramp up mobilization efforts ahead of the runoff election. 

The campaign expanded field operations with direct voter contact programs in 18 counties, 19 offices, and over 900 paid staffers. In addition, the campaign is out with a new ad highlighting a Georgia voter who voted for Brian Kemp but can’t support Walker because of his pattern of lies and disturbing conduct.

Read more below:

ABC News: Warnock works to ensure turnout in December runoff by expanding ground game

By Lalee Ibssa — November 17, 2022

Key Points

  • Sen. Raphael Warnock’s campaign is expanding its field organizing program, offering a look into the areas his team is focusing on ahead of the Dec. 6 runoff against Republican Herschel Walker.
  • As Georgia’s Senate candidates look to drive turnout ahead of the state’s shortened runoff cycle, Warnock has added roughly 300 paid staffers and new offices across the state to his voter contact program, his campaign said — increasing the direct voter contact programs to 18 counties and 19 offices across the state, and more than 900 paid staffers, according to details shared first with ABC News.
  • Campaign officials claimed the added investments and staff capacity would allow the campaign to knock on more doors during the four-week runoff than in the 16 weeks leading up to the general election, in which Warnock narrowly beat out Walker but failed to crack the 50% threshold required to win.
  • The voter contact program will be placed in priority counties for the Warnock campaign: Bibb, Chatham, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Columbia, DeKalb, Dougherty, Douglas, Floyd, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Lowndes, Muscogee, Newton, Richmond and Rockdale.
  • In a battleground state like Georgia, where razor-thin margins have recently determined the outcome of federal elections, the campaigns see an incentive in face-to-face contact. Especially in a political climate up against potentially apathetic voters being asked to show up to the polls once again.
  • “Reverend Warnock knows what it takes to win a runoff in Georgia,” Warnock campaign spokesperson Sarafina Chitika. “The Warnock campaign has built a robust field operation to turn out voters across the state and re-elect Reverend Warnock.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: New Warnock ad showcases his split-ticket voter runoff strategy

By Greg Bluestein — November 17, 2022

Key Points

  • Statewide runoff candidates in Georgia typically focus almost exclusively on turning out their base in overtime bouts. But U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock is stepping up his appeals to split-ticket voters who sided with him and Gov. Brian Kemp in the November midterm.
  • In a new 30-second spot released Thursday, the Democrat features a testimonial from Lynn Whittenburg, a north Georgia voter who backed both Kemp and Warnock. She said she was “proud” to support Kemp but that she had misgivings about the former football star.
  • “The more I heard about Herschel Walker, I became concerned about his honesty, his hypocrisy, but also just his ability to lead. I just can’t get past Herschel Walker’s lack of character,” she said.
  • “The fact that he lies so freely is very concerning to me. At the end of the day, I have to vote for someone that I can trust and that has integrity, and I don’t believe that is Herschel Walker.”
  • Whittenburg is among about 200,000 voters who cast ballots for Kemp but withheld their support for Walker. Those split decisions were the main reason the Senate race landed in a runoff while Republicans scored victories in every other statewide race.
  • The biggest drop-offs occurred in some of the most fertile GOP ground: The vote-rich Atlanta suburbs and a ribbon along the northern swath of the state. And those skeptical Republican-leaning Georgians are again key to Warnock’s strategy for the Dec. 6 runoff.
  • While Walker is focused on revving up core conservatives, Warnock has followed his midterm strategy to highlight his work across party lines to appeal to swing voters. That approach also involves amplifying critiques of Walker’s violent history and allegations that he pressured two ex-girlfriends into getting abortions.