HEATED HERSCHEL: Walker reviews Warnock effort to change Georgia voting rules

Republican Senate candidate from Georgia Herschel Walker is not pulling a punch at his Democratic opponent, Senator Raphael Warnock, as he gets two inches close to a runoff election scheduled for Tuesday, December 6.

Speaking to Fox News Digital after a stop on his “Evict Warnock Bus Tour” on Wednesday, Walker reviewed Warnock’s attempt to change “the rules” of the runoff by filing a lawsuit to allow early voting to start earlier than currently allowed in Georgia Law.

“You don’t change the rules mid-game. They knew that, and it’s sad that they’re making it harder for voters right now by asking questions into the voting system, rather than just letting people vote and do it when there’s more time,” Walker said when he was asked about Warnock’s lawsuit.

Walker also accused Warnock of failing to meet his obligations as a US Senator by missing a number of votes this week, including one to end President Biden’s declared state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic.

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Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker speaks with Fox News' Brandon Gillespie following a campaign rally in McDonough, Georgia on Wednesday, November 16, 2022.

Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker speaks with Fox News’ Brandon Gillespie following a campaign rally in McDonough, Georgia on Wednesday, November 16, 2022.
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“You don’t change the rules while the game is being played,” he reiterated.

Warnock and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee filed the lawsuit in Fulton County Superior Court earlier this week to move the early voting start date from the Monday after Thanksgiving to the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

However, Georgian law states that “there shall be an early voting period beginning … on the fourth Monday immediately before a runoff election in a general election in which there are candidates for federal office on the ballot in the runoff. ”

On Tuesday, Warnock’s campaign released a statement to Fox News Digital about the lawsuit, saying: “Illegal attempts to block Saturday’s elections are another desperate attempt by career politicians to squeeze people out of their own democracy and ban the votes of the… to silence Georgians.”

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Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker and Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock will face each other again in a runoff election scheduled for Tuesday, December 6 after neither received 50% of the vote on Election Day.

Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker and Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock will face each other again in a runoff election scheduled for Tuesday, December 6 after neither received 50% of the vote on Election Day.
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Walker then turned to votes Warnock has missed since the Senate resumed session after the Nov. 8 election, including on SJRes.63, a resolution declaring the end of the state of emergency related to the coronavirus pandemic, on which former President Trump had declared March 13, 2020, and that President Biden had extended, as well as confirmation votes on a number of Biden nominations for judges.

“If he can’t do his job, someone else has to do it,” Walker said.

The state of emergency resolution was eventually passed with bipartisan support, with 62 senators voting in favor and 36 against. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., was the only other senator who did not cast a vote.

Walker lamented that Warnock was no longer criticized for missing the vote, as well as other issues throughout the campaign, including the evictions of tenants who had rented Atlanta homes from the latter church.

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“People don’t talk about things that he should be criticized for that he isn’t,” Walker said. “My thing is, in Washington, if you can’t do the work for the people of Georgia, it’s time for someone else to do it, and that’s why I decided to run.”

Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock speaks during an election night party Tuesday, November 8, 2022, in Atlanta.

Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock speaks during an election night party Tuesday, November 8, 2022, in Atlanta.
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Fox News Digital reached out to Warnock’s campaign for comment on Walker’s criticism, as well as the missed votes and lawsuit, but a spokesman declined to comment.

It wasn’t immediately clear why Warnock wasn’t present for votes this week.

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Walker trailed Warnock by just over 35,000 votes, with 99% of the vote reported after Election Day. Neither candidate won more than 50% of the vote, prompting a runoff.

Fox News’ Claudia Kelly-Bazan and Greg Norman contributed to this story.

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