Democrats Embrace Obama for Georgia Runoff as GOP Warns Trump to Stay Away
BY NICK REYNOLDS
As Georgia prepares for its most contentious election since the last one, one key figure has disappeared from the race as Republican Herschel Walker seeks to unseat Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock: Former President Donald Trump.
Since an underwhelming Peach State rally in March and a handful of failed primary efforts against candidates who stood up to his unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in the state during the 2020 election, Trump has been visibly absent from the battleground state, even as he has kept a constant presence in closely contested races around the country this election cycle.
The reason might be strategic, particularly as evidence mounts that his influence tends to alienate independent voters and mobilize Democrats, who have since sought out popular figures like former President Barack Obama to drive turnout and dodge President Joe Biden’s anemic approval ratings among independents.
The protests have refused to cease even in the face of warnings from Iran’s regime and have only intensified in the last couple of months.