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Atlanta Press Club’s U.S. Senate runoff debate is canceled with both candidates unconfirmed

A Georgia voting sticker as shown on the state's voting information webpage at georgia.gov/voting.

By John Ruch

The Atlanta Press Club (APC) has canceled its U.S. Senate runoff debate after both candidates did not confirm their attendance before a planning deadline.

The candidates in the Dec. 6 election are Democratic incumbent Rev. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker. The APC debate, planned in conjunction with Georgia Public Broadcasting, had been scheduled for Nov. 21.

“The Atlanta Press Club believes debating is an important part of any election as a way to help voters contrast where the candidates stand on issues important to them,” said APC Board Chair Ken Foskett in a press release. “We are disappointed neither candidate confirmed participation in the debate.”

APC held a previous debate in the race in October, before the general election. Warnock and Libertarian Chase Oliver, who was eliminated on Nov. 8, attended. Walker did not, but an empty podium was left on stage to represent him.

The race is headed to a runoff under state law because no candidate got more than 50 percent of the vote. Warnock led the three candidates with about 49.4 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. In the runoff, whoever gets the most votes will win.

The APC regularly organizes debates as part of its Loudermilk-Young Debate Series.

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