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Central Georgians share thoughts on Warnock's visit ahead of runoff

From Fort Valley to Warner Robins and Macon, Senator Warnock stopped Thursday to talk to Central Georgians about why they should vote for him again.

MACON, Ga. — Senator Raphael Warnock made his way around Central Georgia as he continued campaigning for the December runoff.

He's hoping to win his first full term as senator against Republican challenger Herschel Walker.

From Fort Valley to Warner Robins and Macon, Warnock stopped Thursday to talk to Central Georgians about why they should vote for him again.

13WMAZ followed Senator Warnock's campaign all day Thursday and at each stop, he drew a crowd of about 50 people. In each city, more supporters and signs showed up.

Senator Warnock's first stop of the day was at the Hunt Educations & Cultural Center in Fort Valley. Peach County showed up Thursday to hear to Senator Raphael Warnock.

"Let's keep him in there," Ricky Jackson said.

He says it's his job to be a United States Senator for the entire state adding rural communities like Fort Valley are often overlooked, so he says he's been standing up for HCBUs and will continue to do that if reelected. Jackson and Sandra Marshall are determined to keep him in the Senate.

"We must do this," Marshall said.

Jackson says Warnock gets things done.

"Well, one of the things, where he cut medical bills and for the insulin and how he has supported our veterans," Jackson said.

Marshall agrees.

"That's saying a whole lot. His work ethics. His truth and honest for the people," Marshall said.

However, Warnock says there is still work to be done. He wants Georgians to take December's runoff election seriously.

"I won with the most votes last week, but the contest isn't over. It won't matter if people won't show up again," Warnock said.

"He's here doing his part. He needs us. He needs us to be active in this election," Alice Wolmack said.

Warnock second stop was at the AFGE Local 987 in Warner Robins. He told supporters like Alice Wolmack and SDK Campbell he's been fighting for Warner Robins' veterans' by funding affordable housing.

"For him to be here says he sees us. He sees the military bases. He sees what we go through and I appreciate him doing something about it," Campbell said.

He also told Warner Robins he passed the Inflation Reduction Act to support clean energy efforts; and, he said he emphasized healthcare is a human right.

"I capped the cost of prescription drugs for seniors because my mother shouldn't have to decide between groceries and medicine. In that office, I wrote a provision that caps the cost of insulin for folks who are in Medicare to no more than $35 of out-of-pocket costs a month," Warnock said.

At each stop, he said he tells the truth, unlike his opponent Herschel Walker, but in Macon at the Tubman Museum, Warnock also pointed to his record of working with republicans on dangerous railroad crossings and supporting Georgia farmers. 

"While he is running around with my opponent. He should be telling my opponent, did you know Raphael Warnock is the 18th most-bipartisan senator in the Senate?" Warnock said.

He goes on to say he will continue to fight for Georgians if you send him back to Washington D.C.

"Working across the aisle, I think that advocating for health care, for women's reproductive rights in a big way -- that is very important," Cabell said.

He also told Macon he is a pastor who believes in a woman's right to choose.

"Yes, I am a pro-choice pastor, who believes a patient's room is too cramped for a space a woman, a doctor, and the United States senator. That's too many people in the room," Warnock said.

"He stands up for what is right," Jackson said.

Senator Warnock says he feels confident he will win in December.

Early voting starts November 28 and ends on December 2. The runoff election happens December 6.

13WMAZ was unable to reach the Walker campaign to get their reaction to Warnock's claims that Walker is not telling the truth.

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