Ads with the candidates’ ex-wives. Crying of “liar” Flying in both directions. Stories about a filthy apartment building abortions under pressure. Questioning an opponent’s independence. His intellect. His intelligence. mental stability. His religious faith.

The extended Senate The campaign between Raphael Warnock and Herschel, the Republican challenger in Georgia, has been growing increasingly bitter as They Dec. 6 runoff nears. Democrats are already there assured a Senate majority, it’s a striking contrast from two years ago, when the state’s twin runoffs They were mostly about who would control the Washington chamber.

“Herschel Walker ain’t serious,” Warnock said to supporters, recently in central Georgia: “Walker!” “majors in lying” And he fumbles with the basics of public policies. “But the election is very serious. Don’t get those two things confused.”

Walker casts Warnock as the senior pastor at Ebenezer BYou can find more information atptist Church, as a “hypocrite” President Joe Biden and serves as his servant. Walker insults the incumbent by calling him “the incumbent”. “Scooby-Doo,” complete with an impression of the cartoon hound’s gibberish.

The broadsides reflect the candidates’ furious push in the four weeks Between the Nov. 8 general elections and runoff To persuade their core supporters of casting another ballot. Walker sees it as a way to attract more moderates and independents to his campaign, after he has underperformed Gov. Brian Kemp won by over 200,000 votes.

Walker was defeated by Warnock, who received 37,000 votes from almost 4,000,000 voters in the first round. However, the senator failed to reach the threshold of 50% required to prevent a runoff. runoff.

The shift from his first was in many ways a significant one. runoff Campaign is exactly what Warnock desired: an easy choice between two candidates. Two years ago, Donald Trump, then-President, was just coming off his defeat. Biden, then-President-elect of the United States, was also fresh off his defeat. made multiple Georgia trips To illuminate the national stakes in the races between Warnock & Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, and between Democrat Jon Ossoff & Republican Sen. David Perdue as Control of the Senate The balance was hung.

Trump’s false claims of a rigged 2020 presidential vote ended up alienating many of his supporters and moderates. Victories of Warnock and Ossoff put Trump in the lead Senate at a 50-50 split, with Democrats gaining control by virtue of Vice President Kamala Harris’ tiebreaking vote. Warnock was also elected. Georgia’s First Black senator.

Democrats are already in control of the House with Warnock running for a six-year term. He won the 2021 special election. Senate By flipping a seat in Pennsylvania. A Warnock win would give Democrats an outright majority at 51-49. This means that parties wouldn’t have to negotiate. power-sharing agreement.

Warnock’s preferred emphasis for most of his reelection bid has been his deal-making in Washington And the personal values he brings to the job. It took until the campaign’s final stages — only after two women accused Walker, an opponent of abortion rights, of encouraging and paying for their abortions — for the senator to ratchet up his attacks, arguing Walker is “unprepared” and “unfit” Thank you for your job.

“My opponent lies about everything,” Warnock said in a recent campaign stop, ticking off a litany of Walker’s repeated falsehoods and exaggerations. “He said he was a police officer. He’s not. He said he worked for the FBI. He did not. Said he graduated from the University of Georgia. He did not. Said he was valedictorian of his class. He was not. … He said he had another business with 800 employees. It has eight.”

Walker has, on the other hand, enjoyed the jousting ever since he was nominated for the GOP nomination in spring.

“Herschel is a competitor. He’s very comfortable with the mano a mano,” said Scott Paradise, Walker’s campaign manager, noting the candidate’s athletic prowess as You can be a kickboxer, a football running back, or an Olympic bobsledder.

Indeed, Walker takes his attacks right to Warnock’s strengths as The pastor of the famed church where Martin Luther King Jr. used to preach. Walker has criticized Warnock over an Atlanta apartment building, owned by a foundation of Warnock’s church, where residents have complained to The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative media outlet, of eviction notices and poor conditions.

“What he’s doing in this apartment building at Columbia Towers is not right,” Walker stated recently at a suburban Atlanta campaign stop. “You shouldn’t put Jesus’ name on what you’re doing to people, and don’t put Martin Luther King name on it. … You’re not Jesus, and you’re not Dr. King.”

Warnock, who says no residents of Columbia Tower have been evicted, incorporates Walker’s attacks into the list of the challenger’s documented exaggerations And falsehoods. “What kind of a person lies on the church?” Warnock spoke in Macon. “This isn’t the first time people attacked Ebenezer Baptist Church. They attacked Martin Luther King Jr. I’m in good company.”

Still, asked whether he’s reconsidered his church’s stewardship of Columbia Towers, Warnock sidestepped: “I’ve already answered the question. I’m proud of what my church does to feed and house the hungry and the homeless every single week.”

Walker also accuses Warnock “getting rich” as a senator, a nod to the pastor’s $7,500-a-month housing allowance from the church. These payments are not in violation of Senate ethics rules that limit senators’ outside income.

On at At least one occasion during the runoffWalker suggested that Warnock was a negligent father. Warnock confirmed to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he made the comment. “crossed a line.” Walker appeared earlier in the campaign. publicly acknowledged three of his children For the first time, he did so after The Daily Beast had reported on their existence. Walker has never been mentioned by Warnock in any of his criticisms.

Walker, meanwhile, has not taken reporters’ questions at an open campaign event since late October, when a second accuser came forward to say he had pressured her to have an abortion — a contradiction of his advocacy as a candidate for a national ban on all abortions. Walker denied the women’s claims.

Both candidates’ former wives also loom in the campaign, though the two men avoid the topic themselves, leaving the discussion of their marriages mostly to paid advertising. In one ad, Warnock’s former wife tells Atlanta police that he ran over her foot. The Republican ad doesn’t note that a police report states that officers found no physical evidence supporting her claim. A Democratic ad features an interview with Walker’s first wife detailing that he threatened violence against her, circumstances Walker has confirmed in an autobiography.

Warnock has been hammering Walker since the Oct. 14 debate. lack of policy details Sometimes he forgets what policy he has discussed.

Warnock supports his federal law provision that caps insulin costs for Medicare beneficiaries and notes Walker’s suggestion that diabetics could manage the cost of insulin. “eating right,” a practice that isn’t enough for insulin-dependent diabetic patients.

“Maybe he ought to apply to be a dietician. I’m running for the United States Senate,” Warnock spoke in Macon.

When Walker declared that the United States was sovereign, he pounced. “not ready” For climate action and should “keep having those gas-guzzling cars” He said that already had “good emissions” standards. Warnock also mocked Walker’s recent introduction of a tangent regarding vampires to a campaign speech.

“I mean, who says that kind of stuff?” Warnock asked supporters.

Paradise, Walker’s campaign manager, insisted the Republicans’ best argument remains Warnock’s alignment with Democrats on economic policy. Still, he acknowledges the campaign’s tone has darkened.

“We’re certainly going to continue to aggressively prosecute the case against Warnock,” He stated, “and I suspect they’ll do the same.”