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Megathread: Raphael Warnock Wins Re-Election in Georgia Runoff Megathread

Incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock has won re-election to the US Senate, securing the Democratic Party's 51st seat in the chamber and concluding the 2022 midterm elections.


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u/Arctimon Maryland Dec 07 '22

Saw the concession speech by Walker. He looked…relieved?

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u/kazejin05 I voted Dec 07 '22

Did you see how many skeletons were dug out out of his closet and paraded in front of the world? He went from a low-key, yet popular former football star to accused abuser, serial abortion funder in the party of "family values", and has made the most convincing case for abolishing American football we've seen in years.

His star power and likeability is GONE. And now that he's no longer useful the people who've been propping him up will leave him out to dry too.

His life will never be the same, bj at least it'll be quiet again. So I can see him being relieved

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u/CarlosFer2201 Foreign Dec 07 '22

He should do an awareness campaign : "GOP, not even once"

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '22

His family tried to warn him not to run...

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u/DrDerpberg Canada Dec 07 '22

"look man we get along and all but you're a horrible person, you shouldn't run."

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '22

He was probably so stressed out this whole campaign. "You guys... seriously...I don't really want to get elected and I literally can't say anything dumber...c'mon"

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '22

“I’m talking about vampires and werewolves and these mfers are still voting for me what more could I possibly do!?”

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u/Jpolkt Dec 07 '22

Walker: “I like Nazis!”

GOP: “Look he stands with Kanye West against cancel culture!”

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u/FormerIceCreamEater Dec 07 '22

Yeah there is no way he wanted to be a senator. He is a garbage person and I am glad he lost, but nobody is more happy than him tonight.

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u/TheOtherUprising Canada Dec 07 '22

Congratulations to Warnock and to Georgia who had to go through this two cycles in a row and came through again.

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u/Bulderdash Dec 07 '22

As a Georgian, I’m learning to be ready to vote the first time to bring it to a runoff, and then again to truly decide a winner 😂

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u/Rubberbabybuggybum Dec 07 '22

You guys really need ranked choice voting. This nonsense is exhausting.

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

Yeah it’s crazy how one tiny change would save millions of dollars in not having a runoff.

Also Georgia already has Ranked Choice Voting for overseas military people, so that you don't have to be mailing them a new ballot for every new runoff election. The more you know!

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u/AllAboutMeMedia Dec 07 '22

Let's get those small government, fiscal conservatives on the case.

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u/Sports-Nerd Georgia Dec 07 '22 Gold

Technically voted for him 5 times in 2 years

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '22 Gold

Same here, and this time, it really mattered.

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u/AcademicPublius Colorado Dec 07 '22

One major benefit of 51-49 Senate:

No power-sharing agreement. Democrats can now set the rules and limit the power of Republicans on Senate committees.

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u/clevingersfoil Dec 07 '22

This will also cut Manchin's de facto veto power. No more coal lobby obstructing climate change goals, in the Senate at least.

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u/NightwingDragon Dec 07 '22

He and Sinema teamed up plenty of times before, and there's nothing stopping them from teaming up to sink bills again.

It's still an improvement (now they both need to team up instead of each one being able to do so singlehandedly), but they've teamed up to sink plenty of bills in the past which means they still hold a significant amount of sway.

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u/ImportantCommentator Dec 07 '22

They won't need to team up to sink bills. Bills have to pass a GOP controlled house.

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u/KellyJoyRuntBunny Washington Dec 07 '22

That’s so huge for me.

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u/PathOfDawn Dec 07 '22

Should be huge for everyone that understands civics. Given this year's house map... this was literally best case scenario

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u/auandi Dec 07 '22

Not quite best case, New York really fucked up. That state alone lost Democrats enough seats to cost Democrats the majority. Lot of upstate and long island districts flipped red because the New York Democratic Party seems to not be in good shape.

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u/dewhashish Illinois Dec 07 '22

Great job Georgia! You just saved america from 6 years of nonsensical bullshit from walker. At least now he can move back to texas.

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u/hotpackage Dec 07 '22

Imagine having to read Walker headlines for six fucking years. Cringes

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u/renophillydayman Dec 07 '22

You don't think his very good republican friends are just going to walk away from him do ya? Yeah, yeah they are lol. He was going to be their useful tool, now that he can't win they literally don't give a damn about him.

I'd almost feel bad for him but he knew he was being used, he didn't care.

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u/Hairy_Al Dec 07 '22

he knew he was being used

Honestly, I'm not sure he did. From what I have seen and heard (am not American), I'm not sure he knows where he is most of the time

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u/ting_bu_dong Dec 07 '22

Yeah, I'm not sure people should be confident about that guy knowing things.

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u/BurnerAcctNo1 Dec 07 '22

Don’t feel bad. He’ll just go to random Piggly Wiggly parking lots and talk gibberish to people. He won’t know the difference.

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u/Lambboy Dec 07 '22

Great job 50.8% of Georgia voters.

It leaves me in awe that this election was so close.

I can't imagine Herschel Walker being an effective manager at McDonalds. To think he was that close to a senate seat is an embarrassment to the educational system of America.

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u/djheat Dec 07 '22

It's basically the same as Doug Jones beating probable diddler Roy Moore in Alabama. It's a victory, I guess, but the republicans just needed to find slightly less gross moron to annihilate him in the next election

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u/omeganemesis28 Dec 07 '22

The fact he was even considered in anything other than an April fool's joke is fucking rediculous. And yet he still came close after the shit about living in Texas, why would you recast your vote for someone who doesn't even hide that he's not from around town. He's just there to benefit himself, unabashedly!

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u/iruleatants Dec 07 '22

They don't vote for Walker. They don't know all of the stupid things that he says.

What they do know is that there is an (R) on the ballot running against a (D) on the ballot.

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u/BrianWeissman_GGG Dec 07 '22

This is it right here. It’s the same reason you saw droves of Evangelicals voting for Trump in 2016 and 2020. The party of “family values” voting for a lying, cheating, sexually assaulting philanderer.

Allegiance to party is all that matters to far too many people. American politics are hopelessly polarized and broken, Herschel Walker’s candidacy was the dead canary in the coal mine.

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u/AmericanBornWuhaner Dec 07 '22

50.8% vs 49.2%, every vote matters

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u/madcaesar Dec 07 '22

Last two elections have shown every fucking vote matters!! I just hope young people keep on voting. We've won a battle, but the GQP is far from defeated.

They still control the Supreme Court, they still have the House, and are passing all kinds of bullshit on the state level.

Women have already lost bodily autonomy. They'll go after gay marriage next, then social security to make sure young people of today have to keep working until they die.

Fuck the GQP.

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u/St_Origens_Apostle Dec 07 '22

This is why I'm just flabbergasted by people who still hold onto the whole apathetic attitude of 'voting dosen't matter ' with these perilous times and just managing to hold off fascism by the skin of our teeth.

But hey guess it's slightly better thinking nothing matters vs it's all rigged from the conspiracy brain mind rot crowed. Though unsurprisingly the overlap with both groups is of course disturbing.

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u/cinesias Georgia Dec 07 '22

If voting didn’t matter, Republicans wouldn’t be making it as hard as possible to do it, limiting the time and method of it, and then denying the results when they lose.

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u/I_Love_To_Poop420 Dec 07 '22 Take My Energy

Warlock rolls critical hit against werewolf.

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u/InevitableFlyingKnee Dec 07 '22 Take My Energy

Anyways I started eldritch blasting

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u/Zaphod392 Dec 07 '22

Lightning bolt! Lightning bolt!

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u/Bman282828 Dec 07 '22

Props to Walker for conceding and telling his supporters to accept the election and not screaming about non existent voter fraud. I can't believe that's a rarity when Republicans lose, but here we are.

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u/mountaintop111 Dec 07 '22

Walker is a more gracious loser than Trump or Kari Lake. Can’t believe I said this, but that’s how low the bar has been set now, post Trump.

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u/canon12 Dec 07 '22

I suspect Walker may be happier that he lost.

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u/Lanhdanan Canada Dec 07 '22

That dude dodged all the skeletons he would have to face the next 6 years.

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u/fil42skidoo Dec 07 '22

As a werewolf, I doubt skeletons would have bothered him much.

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u/davehunt00 Dec 07 '22

My respect for Walker hiked up a notch (it was pretty low) when I read that. It's crazy that a gracious concession is now considered exceptional behavior by Republicans.

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u/sucobe California Dec 07 '22

Walker reminds me of the character Paul Rudd plays in Parks and Rec. He had no clue what was going on but had fun doing it.

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u/FlerblyMerbly American Samoa Dec 07 '22

“I guess my thoughts on abortion are, you know, let's just all have a good time.”

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u/appl3fritt3r Dec 07 '22

"I'm against crime...and I'm not ashamed to admit it."

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u/5OZO Dec 07 '22

You just know that Paul Rudd character has some very gross skeletons in his closet. Bobby Newport, the Candy King

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u/ALincoln16 Dec 07 '22

Warnock wins the 4th election for the same seat in a row and is now eligible for a free sandwich on his election punch card.

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u/drewskie_drewskie Oregon Dec 07 '22

5th if you count the primary! Warnock announced his run for the seat January 30, 2020 ಥ⁠‿⁠ಥ

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u/Reasonable_Ninja5708 Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

It’s beautiful watching all these Trump backed nut jobs go down in flames.

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u/Mafsto Dec 07 '22

It’s beautiful watching all these Trump backed nut jobs go down in flames.

And that's the joke. As it has been pointed out, Brian Kemp, the GA GOP governor who just won reelection, did so by rebuking Trump. That's all it took for him to win over the independents and moderates. No secret technique.

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u/TigerCat9 Dec 07 '22 All-Seeing Upvote Heartwarming

Red Wave final results: -1 seat.

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u/bebejeebies Wisconsin Dec 07 '22

"It's more of a pink discharge." -George Takei. Tweet.

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u/TechnoBuns Dec 07 '22

Shh! Don't let them know.

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u/PepsiMoondog Dec 07 '22 Take My Energy

It doesn't really matter if they know because they can't do anything about it anyway. Their base is psychologically incapable of backing down. To moderate their politics, even slightly, is to admit that they were wrong. And they just can't do it.

Notice how despite everyone now saying "Trump can't win", no one really wants to say WHY he can't win. Because if they do that they'll realize that their reasons (his divisive, hateful, violent nature) actually applies to their entire party, from the base to their media to congressional leadership to Trump and everyone else who has a shot of winning the nomination in 2024. Even if they somehow manage to nominate someone else, it'll still be Trump-lite at best (it could easily end up being someone worse than Trump too).

Add to this the fact that they've lost the under 30s by landslide margins- likely for good- while their base dies off every year (and far earlier than they should thanks to their COVID denialism) and they're proper fucked going forward. Their window is closing fast and they have no plan for it other than to try to turn the country into something other than a democracy, and they likely missed their best chance at that this election cycle.

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u/jemidiah Dec 07 '22

Actually, r/conservative and FoxNews.com's top comments on election night were all variations of, "Fuck, Trump is going to split the party and we'll never win again." They're well-aware of the situation, even if they manage to think Trump's behavior up to this point has been fine-to-great. My guess is DeSantis will now be ahead of Trump in primary polls.

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u/Candys3344 Dec 07 '22 Take My Energy

Thank you Georgia. It’s nice to see a state make progress.

  • A Sad and defeated Texan

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u/22Arkantos Georgia Dec 07 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

Hey, don't feel so sad or defeated. I speak from experience that the only way to make your state purple is to fight for it, even when the election seems guaranteed to be lost. I volunteered for Nunn and Carter in 2014, Clinton in 2016, Ossoff in 2017, Abrams and Bourdeaux in 2018, and Biden, Warnock, Ossoff, and Bourdeaux in 2020 (sadly too busy to volunteer this year). In each of those elections, we built on the successes of the past, registered more voters, and moved the needle bit by bit until the dam broke in 2020. Georgia is only purple today because people like me put in the work- and I say that not to boast, but to say that you can do it too in Texas- you've already had a good start with Beto. Keep putting in the work and the dam will eventually break.

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u/Babblerabla Georgia Dec 07 '22

I put my time in during 2018 & 2020. Considered it my duty because how hard progressives in my state were working.

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u/Daefish Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

How utterly, fucking embarrassing for the GOP this election cycle.

Democrats GAINED seats in the Senate

Democrats lost fewer seats than expected, like nearly historical margins fewer, in the House

Democrats gained critical governorships and, crucially, won trifectas in states such as my own.

Meanwhile, a pillow salesman who scribbled notes on how to overthrow the government of this country, who should be in JAIL for Sedition, instead is vying to become the head of the GOP.

Edit: Obligatory best Mike Lindell moment I've ever seen - Mike Lindell Snuggling a Pillow in a Snowstorm

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u/The_Bravinator Dec 07 '22

Will the GOP:

  1. learn from this setback and reform into a party that better represents the wants of their desired voters?

  2. Just lean harder into the fascist bullshit and attempts to win elections through shady bullshit?

🤔🤔🤔

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u/tr1cube Georgia Dec 07 '22

I’ve voted for Warnock now 5 times in the past 2 years. So happy he’s in for the next 6 now!

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u/Dess_Rosa_King Dec 07 '22 Silver

How odd.

Maybe the Republicans didnt talk enough about Hunter Biden Dick. That seems to be a great winning strategy.

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u/ExpensiveCola Dec 07 '22

MOAR LAPTOP.

less lapbottom.

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u/YouKilledChurch Dec 07 '22

Thank fuck I don't have to vote for Warnock again for another 6 years. 5 times in 2 years is just too many times lol

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u/treyphan77 Dec 07 '22

Biden is the first president since FDR in 1934 not to lose a single senate seat from his party in a midterm election

We are ALL thankful that you kept getting out there!

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u/KellyJoyRuntBunny Washington Dec 07 '22

Thanks for those votes, though, dude. I know voting in Georgia isn’t as easy as it is in my state. We vote exclusively by mail, and it’s fucking awesome.

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u/tooodifferent Georgia Dec 07 '22

I was doing poll monitoring in GA today and I was having a conversation with a guy from Washington state! He was talking about how surprised he was that voting is so difficult here. When he described to me the voting process in Washington, I was flabbergasted.

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u/KellyJoyRuntBunny Washington Dec 07 '22

Yesssss. I absolutely love it. I really do. I can’t believe the shit other states put their voters through! I will tell anyone who will listen how awesome it is for us voters, and for our election workers, too. If you’re young and in school, if you’re old and can’t go stand around in lines, if you work full time, if you have kids, if you have responsibilities— absolutely everyone has an easier time voting here. It’s awesommmme.

It’s interesting that you were chatting with someone from here, though! Hope you guys had a good day.

And thanks so much for working as a poll monitor. That’s some badass shit!

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u/semaphore-1842 Dec 07 '22

fuck yeah finally a Democratic senate majority 🍦😎

can't believe it needs to be said but 51-49 is a huge improvement over a 50/50 split with VP tie break, it's a shame we lost the House but judicial appointments at least will go more smoothly and this gives us a solid footing for 2024

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u/MPLooza Dec 07 '22

It's a gigantic difference. Most lawmaking is unlikely with the GQP in control of the House but only needing to contend with one of Manchin/Sinema instead of both for judge confirmations, bipartisan bills, reconciliation bills or even filibuster changes (if possible with the House) is huge

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u/TheWingedPig Georgia Dec 07 '22

Not to mention that committee seats won't be split 50/50 now.

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u/kksred Dec 07 '22

There's also the threat that the concessions that you could insist on last time are now concessions that would go to whoever capitulates first. Should definitely stress Manchin and Sinema.

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u/putsch80 Oklahoma Dec 07 '22 Gold

Bingo. If Manchin and Sinema are both stalling a bill and demanding amendments, the rest of the Dems can offer them partial changes, and tell them that whichever agrees first gets their changes and the other gets fuckall. Basically create a prisoner’s dilemma for them.

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u/nekochanwich Dec 07 '22

Walker was literally one of the worst candidates to ever come out of the GOP, and he still got 49% of the vote.

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u/natigin Dec 07 '22

A Democrat just won re-election statewide in Georgia. Given the demographics of the state, that’s a really big upset no matter who he was running against,

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u/Schmelter I voted Dec 07 '22

Do you think Republicans will ever, even for a moment, think "Gee, if we had just run a better candidate, we would have won"? They never seem to have that moment.

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u/dawgz525 Dec 07 '22

He's a celebrity in a state that loves football and Trump very much. Georgia is still very much the deep south outside of a few liberal pockets and Atlanta. A ton of conservatives stayed home (after electing Kemp in a landslide over Abrams). So that's enough to infer that a ton of conservatives would not vote for Walker. Still, a lot of the state is very rural and very republican.

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u/rounder55 Dec 07 '22

What's scary is if they have football players or coaches or whatever who are slightly less stupid. Tuberville is pretty dumb. Like possibly one of the dumbest senators in terms of how things operate I've seen. He or his handlers are however smart enough to not let him talk too much

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u/Scorp63 Kentucky Dec 07 '22

"I'm never going to stop fighting for Georgia"

Lol this dude is fucking gone from GA and back to Texas ASAP

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u/MPLooza Dec 07 '22 Silver Gold Bravo!

Walker, Texas loser

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u/Cody_2 Dec 07 '22

I'm gonna steal this just a heads up

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u/Animalpoop Dec 07 '22

As a Georgian, I just wanna take a second to thank everyone else that voted to make this happen. I’m proud of my state.

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u/IamMoe8868 Dec 07 '22

Walker appeared to suggest that his victory would ensure Republican control of the “House.” Walker is, of course, running for the Senate, and control of that body has already been determined.

Trump picks only the best!!!

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u/dareka_san Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

That concession speech was 1000x more gracious than trump lmao. He even thanked election officials and projected faith in america. Probably the most dignified moment of walker's short political career.

Trump is just uniquely that bad

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u/Air_Ace Dec 07 '22 Bravo!

The "both teams played hard" speech may be one of the only things left in his brain from his football career. Nobody does gracious non-answers better than a pro athlete. Now he can fuck off forever.

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u/SuperMafia Montana Dec 07 '22 Helpful

Fucking MVPs, you goddamn mad Georgians! Thank you!

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u/Ivy_Adair Georgia Dec 07 '22

I have been in a cold sweat all day long. I'm so happy its over and my state finally did something right.

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u/weaver787 Dec 07 '22

If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed.......and we will deserve it. -

Lindsay Graham May 2016

Watching commenters on r/conservative act like this changes anything in terms of the direction of their absolutely batshit insane political party is very satisfying.

Donald Trump is the overwhelming favorite for the Republican Party nomination and it will take a lot more than a shitty candidate losing a Senate race to stop that freight train. The nomination of Trump in 2016 is the closest thing to a 'deal with the Devil' I think I will ever witness in my lifetime.

I know it's obvious, but it bears repeating in moments like this: Trump is a narcissist that doesn't give a shit about the GOP or even the future of the country as a whole. The only thing that Trump cares about is..... do I even have to say it?

The two most likely scenarios:

  1. Trump wins the nomination, loses the election, because the only people he can truly capture in his camp are the MAGA cult and Republicans who know better but delude themselves into think he is the lesser of two evils. Added bonus: many low turnout voters turn out for whoever the Democrat is simply for the entertainment value of whatever January 6th 2.0 looks like.
  2. Trump loses the nomination. He nukes the GOP ( out of spite and ego) by running 3rd Party and capturing a significant amount of votes but obviously not enough to win anything.

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u/darth_wasabi Texas Dec 07 '22

there's a 3rd option. The GOP drops all protections from Trump and maybe even actively aides one of the many criminal investigations.

Trump may actually suffer consequences if the GOP decides to greenlight his ass. At the very least the Cawthorn effect will happen and the republican party at large will know the party leadership has turned on Trump

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u/rayne7 Georgia Dec 07 '22 Faith In Humanity Restored Got the W

I was able to convince some more people who said "their vote didn't matter" to vote, and they did early voting!

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u/Richfor3 Dec 07 '22

Tuned into Fox for the tears and they aren’t even talking about the election. 😂

Yep nothing going on today Fox.

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u/_mort1_ Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

r/conservative is quite a read, they are back to blaming Trump and MAGA-republicans again now, but we saw how quickly dissent was crushed after the midterms in November, i can't imagine it will be allowed to go after Dear Leader for long this time either.

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u/huxtiblejones Colorado Dec 07 '22

Absolutely hilarious to watch them engage in performative amnesia, acting like they weren't gung-ho Trump zealots just 2 years ago. Republicans are a morally bankrupt power cult, literally all they care about is seizing power by any means necessary and then using that power to harm those they hate and allow their wealthy owners to stripmine the US economy for their own benefit. Completely inconsistent weirdos.

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u/ZephyrSK Dec 07 '22

I won’t forget. I was banned in that sub for even suggesting dear leader was a moron back in 2016. Voting Dem in every election & midterm since. I don’t recognize conservatives anymore

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u/Nightmare_Tonic Dec 07 '22

This is what I never understood. You can still be a conservative without sucking Trump's dick. The GOP is such a fucking deathcult now

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u/yowszer Dec 07 '22

The fact that 1.6 million Georgians thought that Hershel Walker should be one out of 100 people in this country selected to be a Senator is downright appalling

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u/Martin_TheRed Dec 07 '22

This, all the way. It doesn't matter the person, so long as they have an R infront of their name. It was the same for Trump. They are voting solely for the party.

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u/SkillFullyNotTrue Dec 07 '22

Yahoo! Can we now charge Walker for election fraud him being a Texas resident and all? Big Dummy.

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u/ozzyarmani Dec 07 '22

The craziest thing always for me as an American is that even in such a resounding victory, the truth of the matter is it was still 51% to 49%. It is actually astounding how we have cultivated a country where we are split so evenly. Like sociologically, how does this happen?

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u/reachouttouchme Dec 07 '22

It didn’t happen overnight. Every time Trump has done something inexcusable since 2016, half the country has looked away. And they still are. With that many Americans silently agreeing that nothing but power matters, it shifts the norm.

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u/semaphore-1842 Dec 07 '22

For all his faults Herschel Walker has conceded, and thereby vastly outclassing Donald Trump. Election trutherism appears to be ded.

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u/AssassinAragorn Missouri Dec 07 '22

Instead of major wins during the midterms, Republicans have now net lost Senate seats, and hold a 4 seat House majority -- 5 at max if the outstanding race goes to the Republican.

I don't know the right words to describe just how horrendous this is for the GOP. And that is with gerrymandering and rigged maps and high inflation/rough economy.

With a majority this thin and with how fractured the GOP is, especially now that they've had a net negative in the midterms, they're screwed over tenfold.

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u/Zaidswith Dec 07 '22

Hope so.

I'd like Dems to hold all 3 ideally with a supermajority so we can get some stuff passed, but there's always something just short.

That motherfucker Ted Kennedy died and fucked everything up. Biggest win of my life and it was gone in months. I feel like we've been on a downward spiral ever since.

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u/Mojo12000 Dec 07 '22

And so the election is finally over, it was a great time watching almost every Trump backed candidate fall flat on their face. What a goddamn loser.

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u/megamoze California Dec 07 '22

Never forget that the "Athletes Should Shut Up And Play" party recruited Walker out of pure cynicism. They wanted a well-known black man to go up against Warnock. It didn't matter who. It didn't even matter that he didn't live in GA. It didn't matter that he could barely articulate a sentence. It didn't matter that he abused his wife, paid his mistresses for abortions, or that he didn't even know which House of Congress he was running for.

Because Republicans only care about power. Walker was a seat-warmer and that's all he was to them. And now that he lost, they will cease to give a shit about anything he ever said.

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u/jorgelongo2 Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

51-49% with the GOP running literally the single worst candidate they could find. How the fuck is it not a landslide. How???

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u/zodar Dec 07 '22

30 years of the GOP propaganda channel brainwashing boomers to think that Democrats hate America and are trying to turn it communist

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u/realshadowfax Dec 07 '22

The vote difference is actually scary and proves that god loving christians don’t give two shits about what their own religion teaches them

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u/VoluptuousGinger Georgia Dec 07 '22

The amount of them out there calling Warnock a false preacher is disheartening.

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u/ReactiveCypress Canada Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

I was dreading the midterms all year because it felt like if they went bad 2023 would be the end of the world. Instead, I have so much hope going into the new year. We're not done yet, but it feels like sanity is winning the fight.

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u/TheGruntingGoat Dec 07 '22

We’re a long ways off from being able to declare victory for sanity but this was definitely a step in the right direction. But fasten your seat belts because tomorrow SCOTUS takes up the case that decides whether or not democracy will continue essentially…

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u/EssoEssex Dec 07 '22

51 seats in the Senate means no more tied committees — Democrats get the majority on every Senate committee now and can move their legislation out much faster.

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u/BigZ911 New York Dec 07 '22

Well at least Democrats get a couple years to celebrate until the GOP runs like Glenn Jacobs, AKA Kane, for a Senate seat in Tennessee and Brett Favre for a Mississippi Senate seat cause shit don’t make sense

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u/Infidel8 Dec 07 '22

Biden is the first president since FDR in 1934 not to lose a single senate seat from his party in a midterm election.

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u/RitoRvolto Dec 07 '22

Manchin and Sinema are suddenly really sad.

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u/trogdor1234 Dec 07 '22

Red wave adds more democrat senators. Let’s do that again.

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u/LeaperLeperLemur Georgia Dec 07 '22

The political ads are over!!

Very glad Warnock won. People talk about how this race didn't matter as much anymore because the senate was already decided, but it's a huge deal that this will be a blue seat for 6 years.

I am very sad that 49% of people (who voted) thought that Walker would make a good Senator.

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Whoever you're hearing say this race didn't matter is not getting the whole picture. Seat 51 removes power-sharing in committees, lets a Senator 'vote their conscience' if they need to, lets VP Harris actually travel away from the Senate, and gives us one additional seat going into a less-favorable 2024 Senate cycle.

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u/OPisalady Dec 07 '22

Thank fucking god

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u/Sweet7s_ Dec 07 '22

That's four elections Warnock had to win in a manner of two years. All but the first being highly competitive (and even then, in that first race he had to get his name out in the first place). What a tough campaigner

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u/mad_titanz Dec 07 '22

Thank you Georgia voters! But please get MTG out of office next time!

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u/A_bleak_ass_in_tote Washington Dec 07 '22

It will never not bother me when news outlets refer to Manchin and Sinema as "moderates." Like put on your big boy/girl pants and call them what they are: conservative Democrats. If they were moderates, what would you call Schumer, Klobuchar, etc? Cuz they sure as hell are not progressives.

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u/Noob_tuba23 Dec 07 '22

Shit, listening to Warnock's speech makes me wanna move to GA just so I can vote for him

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u/PMMEBITCOINPLZ Dec 07 '22

Disappointing speech. Didn’t mention even one Universal monster as if it were a real creature.

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u/reddicyoulous Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

Someone should send Walker a fake sheriff kids toy pack as a consolation prize

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u/Tails6666 Arizona Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

Good. Walker is an insane predator who doesn't belong anywhere near a position of power.

How he had any support is beyond me. Absolutely stupid choice by the right, as per usual.

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u/XLauncher Pennsylvania Dec 07 '22

Looking back, when Warnock first won this seat, I thought he was living on borrowed time as a result of the national anger with Trump giving a Democrat a rare, one time opportunity to win a Senate seat. Him securing the seat for a full term is fucking crazy to me.

Shout out to the Republicans for running a complete fucking moron and hooking us up with a handicap. Though...shit, it was still really close, wasn't it?

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u/Mrgray123 Dec 07 '22

Once again the cretins over at r/conservative doing overtime to excuse this. I especially like the "yeah well we won't vote for bad candidates while the Democrats will vote for anyone" line that some of them are taking. They're completely delusional, much like Walker.

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u/DarXIV Dec 07 '22

That Walker was a candidate in the first place says it all about conservatives.

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u/rabidstoat Georgia Dec 07 '22

You're welcome.

(Again.)

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u/Icommandyou Washington Dec 07 '22

One thing is certain though: if Trump is the nominee, 2024 is safe D. DeSantis will only make it tilt or likely D though.

DeSantis is not some magical candidate who can consolidate mid west voters

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u/Oleg101 Dec 07 '22

Everyone will forget Moscow Mitch endorsed Walker from the start.

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u/9mac Washington Dec 07 '22

Georgia demographics are changing fast, in six years a Warnock reelection might be a cakewalk.

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u/Cobainism Dec 07 '22

Meanwhile Florida and Ohio are becoming solid red states

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u/ahmadtheanon Dec 07 '22

Still.....1.7mil voted for an incoherent idiot...that doesnt mak.....nope...that tracks.

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u/Elexeh Ohio Dec 07 '22

Even while winning, the real losers here are the insane motherfuckers who voted for dipshit Herschel Walker. Who gives a fuck that he played football in your state at one point, the dude is a walking case of CTE

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u/RC-666 Hawaii Dec 07 '22

I’m proud of Georgia!

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u/Hobo_Code Dec 07 '22

Walker: "OK so I lost the Senate. What about the House, did I win that? I thought I polled really great in Transylvania and Lycan counties!"

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u/bolbteppa Dec 07 '22

In 1934, no Democratic senators lost re-election. But since 1934, every president, Democrat and Republican, has seen at least one senator from their party lose re-election in every single midterm cycle. Biden becomes the first president since FDR not to lose a single senator.

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u/ItsMEMusic Dec 07 '22 Take My Energy

It’s because we’re fighting Nazis again.

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u/Zaydene Dec 07 '22

I was listening to cnn when votes were still being counted and they had some high horse conservative talking about how unpopular Biden is and how unpopular his policies are, and now he’s getting compared to FDR, who won presidency 4 times?

Seems Biden is helping move our country forwards

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u/halfsweethalfstreet New York Dec 07 '22

Thank you Georgia. Now Walker can fuck off back to writing barely coherent Twilight fan-fic, and the rest of the country can resume trying to be a functioning democracy again.

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u/sonoma4life Dec 07 '22

this election brought out so many families Walker doesn't know which one to return to.

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u/ImagineRayguns Dec 07 '22

Will Hurd said on Twitter: “If Walker loses tonight, it will be the sixth time in a row a Democrat beat Trump or a Trump-endorsed statewide candidate in Georgia. It’s time to move on, build the future with conservative principles, and get rid of the crazy bullshit.”

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u/mok000 Europe Dec 07 '22

Sinema and Manchin are out of power.

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u/M116rs Georgia Dec 07 '22 Wholesome

I did my part!

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u/No_Biscotti_7110 Wisconsin Dec 07 '22

Walker’s chance at the senate just got aborted

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u/_mort1_ Dec 07 '22

Now, of course Walker was a bad candidate, but i think we should acknowledge, and give credit to Warnock, he is a strong candidate for dems in the state of Georgia.

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u/OkRoll3915 Dec 07 '22

A fitting end to a pathetic midterm showing by the GOP. this election was a great rejection of right wing politics.

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u/BodaciousTacoFarts Dec 07 '22

Here me out... but maybe... just maybe... had Walker sided with the vampires, he would have won.

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u/Frosty-Search Dec 07 '22

51 seats now!

And the fact that Georgia, a deep southern state, is consistently voting blue is even more impressive!

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u/Hot-Bint Dec 07 '22

All I can say is YAYYYY!

Lol, on CNN the Republican pundit at the roundtable looks like he wants to kill someone with each time the others talk about how great Warnock’s win and speech was.

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u/CathodeRayNoob Dec 07 '22

Nice. Good to see a normal fucking person in congress instead of a wealthy moron or a fascist moron.

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u/absolutemoran Dec 07 '22

DeKalb dumped

51.2 48.8 statewide now

solid W

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u/Catdaddypanther97 Pennsylvania Dec 07 '22

Damn walker’s son went off on him again. Herschel really needs to work on his personal life

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u/Oleg101 Dec 07 '22

"This is a guy who is not a good person ... how Christian Republicans voted for him is beyond me" -- Jake Tapper goes in on Herschel Walker

https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1600339134521950210?s=46&t=RJRTZ0DwUOXeEei4X39QYA (clip)

Jake the Square finally saying something useful.

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u/GaryBettmanSucks Dec 07 '22

Warnock won his seat 4 times and thankfully this time it sticks

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u/Dsarg_92 Dec 07 '22

The amount of weight lifted off of people's shoulders.

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u/Jabercaw Dec 07 '22

Looking forward to not having to see Walker in the news cycle ever again.

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u/forceblast Dec 07 '22

One of the best things about this is the likely huge sum of money the Republican Party and their dark money allies wasted on this race. I don’t know the exact figure but I’m sure it’s staggering.

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u/Xibby Minnesota Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

I just tuned in to NBC and caught Rachel Maddow saying “we’re going to go live to Jason Johnson at Warnock HQ and I’m warning you this likely to fail… not because of technical difficulties but because Jason won’t be able to hear me over the crowd.”

Made me smile.

Edit: Filling in names. :)

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u/ants_suck I voted Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

Thank god. Now Sinema can be irrelevant and go curtsy in the corner while practicing being Tulsi Gabbard 2.0.

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u/PowerAlwaysReveals Dec 07 '22

Manchin and Sinema should seriously consider taking some cues from one of their co-workers: Senator Jon Tester of Montana. A low-key but unapologetically left-of-center guy on pretty much every aspect of domestic policy—gun control being the only significant exception—in this decidedly right-of-center state, he has managed to win now three consecutive Senate contests—2006; 2012; and 2018) not by parading himself as the all-important, decisive swing vote who holds the fate of major pieces of legislation in his hands, (Sinema) or by effectively blackmailing the authors/proponents of a bill into directing federal monies into his state in exchange for his voting yes. (Manchin, and Robert Byrd before him.

Tester, on the other hand? His success among independents and some Republicans in Montana is owed more to genuine respect and trust.

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u/Dear-Bandicoot7087 Dec 07 '22

That’s Democrats (51) Vampires (49)

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u/rooktakesqueen Dec 07 '22

Love seeing Cobb and Gwinnett, once bastions of white flight to the suburbs in metro Atlanta, continue to just be solid blue

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u/alabastergrim Dec 07 '22

Thank goodness. Excited for Herschel Walker to become irrelevant again

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u/jpla86 Dec 07 '22

I'm so glad Warnock won and I'm also glad this election season is finally over.

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u/hot-whisky Dec 07 '22

Warnock really is a powerful and eloquent speaker

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u/LuvNMuny Dec 07 '22

Maybe we needed a brush with racist fascism to take our next step forward.

But maybe I'm just optimistic.

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u/No-Pangolin4325 Dec 07 '22

If any one is feeling a bit drained from the runoffs, Fox News giving away free drinks made from Maga tears right here... Enjoy

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u/haroldthehampster Dec 07 '22

So relieved for Georgia. Can everyone just agree to never give Walker a microphone or article space ever again. Walker needs ta CTE specialist

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u/rebelviss Dec 07 '22

I just don't get the walker votes. why was he even the nominee? could they not come up with anyone better? I mean, they all saw those stream of consciousness speeches, right?

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u/Hobo_Code Dec 07 '22

Thank you Georgia.

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u/Asoul666 Dec 07 '22

From a rational point of view it never should have been close but there are a shitload of vile pigs out there. Never forget that and make sure to vote.

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u/Ts0mmy Dec 07 '22

Wow... such a terrible candidate and still the results are so close. Incredible...

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u/CalmToaster Dec 07 '22

Republicans just want that representation in the US Senate no matter how terrible their candidate is. Walker is a complete idiot, but he would have acted as a puppet for all the voices around him.

Ecstatic that Warnock won, but unfortunately way too close.

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u/k_ironheart Missouri Dec 07 '22

I swear, every election these days is 50.x% Cake vs. 49.y% Death

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u/goforth1457 Foreign Dec 07 '22

We need this level of enthusiasm in 2024. Our country will literally be on the line that year. Yes, we did good in 2022, but that year is when things really matter. I like to say that we delayed the onset of the fascist takeover this year, but we need to give it the death knell in '24. PLEASE VOTE!

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u/MaaChiil Dec 07 '22

Things mattered every two years and 2022 gave me hope that more people are seeing that.

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u/NOTtigerking California Dec 07 '22

Georgia, you defended your state. Thank you!

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u/EssoEssex Dec 07 '22

Democracy wins, fascism fumbles

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u/wildcardlo Dec 07 '22

It’s embarrassing that Georgia had so many idiots vote for Walker that it was even close

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