December 7, 2022

Contact: Abraham Park, Georgia Conservation Voters,, 843-230-1491

Sen. Warnock Wins Reelection in Georgia; Senate Victory is a Clear Mandate for Climate Action in Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia — Senator Rev. Raphael Warnock won the Georgia Senate runoff Tuesday night, beating Republican challenger Hershel Walker. Senator Warnock’s victory ensures a Democratic majority in the Senate, giving Democrats a 51-49 advantage. The win is a clear mandate for immediate climate action across Georgia and the rest of the country. 

“Once again, Georgia voters spoke out in favor of climate action and meaningful change to confront the growing environmental challenges facing our state,” said Georgia Conservation Voters Executive Director Brionté McCorkle. “This election makes it clear that Georgians believe in the science of climate change and want their elected leaders to take firm and decisive action to protect their homes and families.

Senator Warnock’s campaign took an affirmative stance in favor of climate action. By contrast,  his Republican challenger Hershel Walker repeatedly made fallaciously and oftentimes confounding comments on climate and pollution, including comments about clean American air heading to China and emphasizing keeping “those gas-guzzling cars.”

“While Senator Warnock listened to the American public by acknowledging climate change and taking action through votes like the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act, Mr. Walker was busy debating the merits of werewolves and vampires instead of coming up with concrete solutions to protect Georgians,” said Georgia Conservation Voters State Political Director Allie Brown. “Even Republican politicians in Georgia, like Governor Kemp, recognized and took steps to promote climate action through investments in electric vehicle infrastructure and solar battery production. It’s no wonder that Hershel Walker didn’t win in Georgia.”

Senator Warnock’s victory makes it clear in Georgia and across the country that more voters acknowledge the dangers of climate change and want their elected leaders to take decisive action. It is clear that politicians who refuse to believe in science do so at their own peril as voters make it clear that the environment and climate action rank high on their list of priorities.  


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