SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Plant Riverside will be the site for the Georgia Senatorial Debate between incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Hershel Walker.
The debate will happen at District Live at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14.
So far, this is the only debate both candidates have agreed to participate in ahead of the November General Election.
The debate will air live on WSAV, our other Georgia Nexstar stations, WJBF in Augusta and WRBL in Columbus and several other markets across the state, including Fox 5 in Atlanta.
Warnock agreed to three debates – one in Atlanta, one in Savannah, and one in Macon. Walker would not commit to any of those. After weeks of back and forth, Walker committed to the Nexstar debate in Savannah.
This week, Warnock agreed to meet Walker in the Nexstar debate.
Other television stations throughout the state will also air the debate, including Fox 5 in Atlanta.
“Someone had to put an end to Herschel Walker’s games, and today Reverend Warnock showed again why he is the best person for the job, agreeing to Walker’s preferred debate so Georgians would have at least one opportunity to see the clear choice they have in this election,” Quentin Fulks, Warnock for Georgia campaign manager.
Walker offered the following response.
“I’m glad to see that Raphael Warnock has agreed to face the voters, he has a lot of explaining to do,” Walker said. “He’s gotten rich in office while the people of Georgia have suffered. He’s voted with Joe Biden over 96% of the time, giving us high gas prices, empty shelves, and out-of-control inflation. I’m looking forward to Oct. 14th so the voters can see the contrast between us.”
The clash is creating quite the stir in the Georgia political community. Greg Bluestein is an Atlanta Journal-Constituition political reporter who has been following the race closely.
“It’s a must-attend event for reporters,” Bluestein said. “I will definitely plan to be in Savannah, and I expect not just the Georgia press corps but the national press corps to be there in great force because of not just the debate itself but because of the aura around it. It’s going to be before a live audience. There’s going to be all other sorts of campaign issues tied to it. This was a major coup for Nexstar getting the only debate. I think this will be a national, national issue.”
Warnock is still trying to convince Walker to debate in either Macon or Atlanta. But it does appear that will happen.
District Live opened last year and has been hosting live music since.
WRBL contributed to this story.