Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker get ready for the upcoming Senate runoff

The competition between incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock and former football star Herschel Walker heats up as Georgia Senate runoff draws near.

According to the Foreign Secretary, more than 70,000 people cast their ballots on Saturday as an early vote is under way ahead of the Dec. 6 runoff.

Regardless of the outcome of the Georgia race, the Senate will be controlled by Democrats, as Democrats have 50 seats after the Nov. 8 midterm election — plus a vice presidential vote Kamala Harris to break any ties.

“Herschel Walker doesn’t mean it,” Warnock recently told his fans. “But the election is very serious. Don’t confuse those two things.” Walker probably didn’t help his case when, seemingly out of nowhere, at a recent campaign rally he said he saw a movie about vampires and decided, “I don’t want to be a vampire anymore. I want to be a werewolf.”

Warnock also said the former running back is “great at lying” and highlighted Walker’s untruths about his law enforcement career and his stance on abortion. “My opponent lies about everything… He said he was a cop. He is not. He said he works for the FBI. He did not. He said he graduated from the University of Georgia. He did not. Said he was top of his class in his class. He wasn’t… He said he had another company with 800 employees. It has eight.”

Walker was in the news earlier this week after reports showed he benefited from a tax break on a home he owns in Dallas in 2021 and 2022; The tax exemption only applies if this apartment is your “main residence”. He claimed tax exemption for his Texas residency after submitting a bid for the Senate in another state.

Meanwhile, Walker has dubbed Warnock “Scooby-Doo” while offering a glimpse of the cartoon, and has criticized the pastor over Atlanta’s low-income Columbia Tower apartment building, owned by Warnock’s church, as residents complained about unfair eviction notices recently .

“What he’s doing in this apartment building in Columbia Towers isn’t right,” Walker said at a recent campaign stop in a suburb of Atlanta. “You shouldn’t put the name of Jesus on what you do to people, and you shouldn’t put the name of Martin Luther King on it. … You are not Jesus, and you are not Dr. Kings.”

Warnock denied those allegations and said no one had been displaced, adding: “This is not the first time people have attacked the Ebenezer Baptist Church. They attacked Martin Luther King Jr. I’m in good company.” Columbia Residential, which manages the building’s day-to-day operations, issued a statement that echoed Warnock’s, stating that not only was Warnock not involved in the operations of the building, but that there were no evictions in the Building for unpaid rent since June 2020.

In the November 8 election, Warnock led Walker with 37,000 votes; However, the incumbent did not cross the 50% hurdle required to win.