The state of Georgia will once again play host to a special election for a U.S. Senate seat – this time between incumbent Democrat U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock and his challenger, Hershel Walker.
Since neither candidate managed to secure over 50% of the vote in last week’s election, a special election was automatically triggered due to Georgia’s electoral laws.
That election will occur on December 6th, with early voting starting on November 28th, the Monday after Thanksgiving.
After a highly anticipated “Red Wave” didn’t materialize last week, Republicans are desperately searching for a new leader to rally the party behind. Two men named as possible party ringleaders are Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Virginia’s very own Glenn Youngkin.
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter tweeted on Friday that both Youngkin and DeSantis have offered to campaign for Walker.
However, Coulter also stated in a follow-up tweet that Former President Donald Trump won’t get involved in the race if Walker accepts help from either governor.
The BAD NEWS: Trump has made it clear that, if the Georgia GOP accepts help from Youngkin or DeSantis, he will refuse to support Walker in the runoff.
Or maybe that's good news.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) November 11, 2022
As pointed out by a reporter from the Virginia Mercury, Youngkin didn’t bode too well on his out-of-state endorsement record this cycle.
Scoreboard for GOP gov candidates Youngkin stumped for:
Pillen – NE ✅
Ganahl – CO❌
Dixon – MI❌
LePage – ME❌
Stefanowski – CT❌
Kemp – GA ✅
Zeldin – NY ❌
Lombardo – NV❔
Schmidt – KS ❔
Ronchetti – NM❌
Drazan – OR❔
Lake – AZ ❔
Michels – WI❌
Noem – SD ✅
Stitt – OK✅
— Graham Moomaw (@gmoomaw) November 9, 2022
At least two big conservative figures in the Commonwealth are also not happy with the time spent by Youngkin outside of the state this cycle.
The Republican Standard’s own Shaun Kenney wrote the following last week of Youngkin’s time on the campaign trail:
“Why are we campaigning outside of Virginia (ostensibly for POTUS) when we can’t even get our own candidates across the finish line inside Virginia? The Old Dominion has been viewed as a springboard to higher office by most occupants of the Governor’s Mansion. There’s a job to do here, Your Excellency.”
John Fredericks – publisher of the Virginia Star – stated last week that it’s clear Youngkin is “running for president in 2024.”
In July, Youngkin said that he “was ‘hugely humbled’ by people voicing interest in him possibly running for president, but that ‘wasn’t a decision that we have even begun to undertake.’
Youngkin political adviser Kristen Davison of Axiom Strategies told The Hill in September that the “goal of all of the travel and events (done by Youngkin over the past few months) has been to boost Republican candidates for governor.”