Who’s Going to Win the Georgia Runoff?

It’s still hugely important!

Will Leitch

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The midterms on Tuesday, for many people, were a massive relief. Maybe your party didn’t win every election, maybe some people you didn’t like didn’t win, maybe there were some Pyrrhic victories. But on the whole: The crazy people lost. Election deniers, Trump henchmen, people screaming on Newsmax … almost all of them lost. It felt like a collective “knock it off, assheads” from the American electorate. It was cleansing and a relief. There will still be embarrassing people in Congress — Marjorie Taylor Greene still walks amongst us — but on the whole: The whole thing felt refreshingly sane.

But there’s still one more potential embarrassment to take care of.

Look: I love Herschel Walker. I live in Athens, Georgia, and am a season ticket holder to Georgia football (and Georgia men’s and women’s basketball). I cheer every time Sanford Stadium shows the highlight of Herschel running over that poor Tennessee linebacker before every game. There is a little part of me that cringes every time someone calls him “stupid” or “slow” or “crazy,” considering how much Walker has struggled with his mental health and how forthright he has generally been about his issues, both past and present. For all his faults — as a person and especially as a political candidate — I think people generally want to like Herschel Walker. I know I do.

But seriously: This man cannot be a United States Senator.

The runoff between Walker and current Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock will take place on Tuesday, December 6, and there is a general sense, I’ve noticed, that the importance of this race has somehow lessened now that the Democrats will hold control of the Senate, thanks to Catherine Cortez Masto’s win in Nevada. But, as former White House press secretary Jen Psaki pointed out on Twitter, if anything, the race is more important now.

Of course, it’s important for Republicans as well: 50 for them, it turns out, is better than 49. And having a Senate seat…

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Will Leitch

Author of six books, including “How Lucky” and "The Time Has Come." NYMag/MLB.. Founder, Deadspin. https://williamfleitch.substack.com