Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker are calling out some of their parties’ big guns in the Georgia runoff, but former President Donald Trump, President Biden and Vice President Harris have remained on the sidelines so far.
The latest high-profile national politician to announce a visit to the state is former President Barack Obama. He will travel to Atlanta on December 1st to promote Warnock.
The Walker campaign has brought in a long list of high-profile Republicans to support his run for US Senator. Among them are potential presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., both speaking for Walker at a rally on Tuesday.
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Others who have joined Walker include RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel, Rep. Nancy Mace, RS.C., Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Former Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga. , and former House Democrat Tulsi Gabbard.
Rick Scott, R-Fla., chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, has spent time in Georgia supporting Walker. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Lt. gov. Burt Jones is campaigning hard for their party’s candidate, and Kemp has activated his highly successful political apparatus.
But none of the highest-profile members of either party — Trump, Harris and Biden — have traveled to Georgia since the general election, and none have announced visits to the state ahead of the Dec. 6 runoff.
“The people that you bring in are the ones that you think are going to help you with the electorate,” Charles Bullock, a professor of political science at the University of Georgia, told Fox News Digital. “Some of these high profile people would actually harm you and could help the other side. And that’s because they would potentially cheer for the other side that could go out and try to beat that high-profile individual.”
“With a tongue in cheek – maybe Democrats should consider paying for the flight and bringing Donald Trump to Georgia,” Bullock added. “And for President Biden, yes, he’s appeared in a lot of Republican ads, not any Democratic ads.”
“I haven’t made a decision yet,” Harris said Tuesday when asked by a reporter during an international trip to Malaysia if she and Biden would trip for Warnock in Georgia. “I’m basically still trying to figure out what I’m going to do tomorrow.”
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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has also declined to outline a planned trip for Biden to Georgia, though she said the president wanted to help Warnock.
Biden and Harris both adhered to a low-key campaign plan ahead of the midterms, including zero visits to Georgia ahead of the general election.
Trump rallied in Georgia for Walker and other Georgia candidates in September 2021 and March 2022, although he did not return after the primary. Many Republicans who support Walker have said publicly that Trump should have waited until after the Georgia runoff to announce his presidential campaign so as not to be distracted from the race.
However, a Trump spokesman told Fox News Digital earlier this month that Trump is “committed [Walker’s] Success and his support will be crucial on Election Day.”
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The stakes in the 2022 Georgia Senate runoff are much lower than in 2020, when Biden, Harris and Trump all held rallies in the state. That’s because Democrats have already won a majority in the Senate and Republicans have a majority in the House of Representatives. That ensures a divided government for the next two years, regardless of the outcome of the Walker-Warnock race.
The Georgia runoff will decide whether the Senate is split 51-49 for Democrats or remains 50-50, allowing Harris to break the tie in favor of Democrats.
An evenly divided Senate would give Republicans more cushion when trying to prevent Democrats from abolishing legislative filibuster.
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It would also force Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to proceed with a power-sharing agreement that will, among other things, give Republicans equal representation on committee and make it easier for them to slow legislation and committee nominations.
Fox News’ Paige Burruto and Claudia Kelly-Bazan contributed to this report.