Cruz is standing in for Walker as the Georgia race goes into a runoff

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced Thursday that he will be running for Georgia Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker as the campaign moves to next month’s runoff.

Neither Walker nor Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) achieved a majority in Tuesday’s election, meaning the two will face off again on Dec. 6 in a runoff election required by law.

Cruz announced on Twitter that he will appear Thursday with Walker at a bus tour stop in Canton, Georgia, about 40 miles north of Atlanta.

Politico first reported on Cruz’s performance.

Should Democrats and Republicans win one of the Senate elections in Nevada and Arizona respectively, the Georgia runoff would decide which party gains control of the Senate.

The runoff is likely to attract several high-profile alternates, much like when both Georgia Senate seats went to runoff in 2020.

In this year’s runoff, former President Obama, President Biden and Vice President Harris all campaigned for Warnock and fellow Democrat Jon Ossoff.

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Former President Trump, former Vice President Pence and other Republicans, meanwhile, traveled to the Peach State to campaign for Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, both of whom narrowly lost their runoff elections.

On election day, Warnock was ahead of Walker by 0.9 percentage points, or about 35,000 raw votes.

But the libertarian Chase Oliver got about 2 percent of the vote, preventing Warnock from gaining a majority and taking overall victory on Tuesday. Warnock won around 49.4 percent of the vote.

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