Recent debate could be Walker’s big break

The National Review just released a report suggesting that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker may have just gotten his big break at the recently-held debate. 

Walker, a Trump-endorsed Republican, is facing off against Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) in Georgia for Warnock’s U.S. Senate seat. It’s expected to be a pivotal race for determining control of the U.S. Senate.

Currently, Warnock enjoys a somewhat comfortable lead in the polls. Real Clear Politics has Warnock up, on average, by 3.3 percentage points, although there is an outlier poll from Quinnipiac University that Has Warnock up seven percentage points.

There are signs, however, that the race is closer than this. And now, the recently held debate may turn out to be a big help for Walker.

Walker’s “strong debate”

The debate between Walker and Warnock took place on Friday. And, Walker had a strong showing.

The National Review’s Rich Lowry reports:

Walker had a surprisingly strong debate. He had some rocky moments, and no one will ever mistake him for an orator or a policy maven. But he was direct and combative, and scored points against Warnock, especially on abortion. He kept coming back to the point that Warnock left Georgians behind when he went to Washington and voted with Joe Biden 96 percent of the time.

Lowry, as an example of Walker’s “strong” showing, highlights an exchange that took place between Warnock and Walker regarding abortion.

Warnock expresses his belief that there ought to be no limits imposed on abortion, stating, in part, “a patient’s room is too narrow and small and cramped a space for a woman, her doctor, and the United States government.” To which, Walker replied, “did he not mention that there is a baby in that room as well.”

Walker similarly capitalized on a number of other hot-button issues, including court packing.

Walker’s big break?

Lowry, in the remainder of the piece, suggests that Walker’s “strong debate” may end up being the big break that he needs to win in the midterms, and Lowry notes that what made this possible is that “the moderators were shockingly fair.”

It certainly was a stark contrast to the sort of heavily-partisan moderation that took place during the presidential debates of 2020.

Maybe this will indeed turn out to be enough to get Walker over the line, which, in turn, would go a long way in helping the Republicans to retake the Senate.

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