2022 Georgia US Senate Candidate Guide

Herschel Walker (R) vs Raphael Warnock (D)

US Senate | Election | Nov 8, 2022

The Candidates

Herschel Walker

Herschel Walker

Republican

Raphael Warnock

Raphael Warnock

Democrat

Incumbent

The Issues

Climate Change

Should climate change be a top priority? Tax or limit the output of greenhouse gasses, or support renewable energy?

Economy

Decrease or increase government investment in, and regulation of, the economy?

Elections

Did Joe Biden legitimately win the 2020 Presidential election?

Gun Laws

Pass more or less restrictive legislation on guns? Or keep the same?

Health Care

Increase government role in health care, such as expanding Medicaid, limiting drug prices or promoting COVID safety?

Herschel Walker (R)

No position found on Medicaid and drug prices. Did not get a coronavirus vaccine “because I don’t think the government should be telling you to get one.”

Raphael Warnock (D)

Yes. Supported incentives to expand Medicaid in states like Georgia that haven’t expanded coverage and to lower drug costs for seniors. Voted for the American Rescue Plan’s support for COVID testing and vaccine purchase and distribution.

Immigration

How to handle immigration? Support a path to citizenship for “DACA” participants brought to the US as children?

Labor

Make it easier or harder for unions to organize?

Herschel Walker (R)

No recent position found. In 2010 supported having a Mixed Martial Arts fighters’ union.

Raphael Warnock (D)

Easier. Supported a pro-union bill to “help strengthen the right to organize.”

Marijuana

Ban or legal?

Minimum Wage

Keep or raise federal minimum from $7.25 per hour? If raise, how much?

Herschel Walker (R)

No position found.

Student Financial Aid

Support lowering interest on student loans or forgiving them?

Herschel Walker (R)

No direct position found, but criticizes Warnock’s loan forgiveness position, saying Biden and Warnock’s policies “are 100% responsible for the insane prices on gas, groceries, and everything else! Now they want us to trust them to fix it?

Voting Rules

Support tightened restrictions on such voting rules as absentee and early voting, and voter ID?

Herschel Walker (R)

Yes. Supports Georgia’s 2021 Election Integrity bill, which limits the time for absentee and early voting, adds new voter ID rules, restricts giving out food and water, and lets the state remove power from local election boards. Opposes Democratic bills to limit voting restrictions; said naming one for John Lewis is “a shame.”

Raphael Warnock (D)

No. Cosponsored two bills, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act, to “make it easier to vote.” Says that by refusing to at least debate these bills Republicans have abdicated responsibility during a time when there’s “an all-out assault on our democracy.”

We only include candidates polling 15% or more. But check out others, including Chase Oliver (L).

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