Senator Rev. Raphael Warnock made an eleventh hour pitch to Georgia voters, positioning himself as a candidate who is good for the economy, which ranked as a top issue for voters headed into the 2022 midterm elections.
Issues considered most important by the electorate tend to split along party lines with Democrats prioritizing abortion rights, as Republicans and independents prioritize inflation and the economy. It is non-Democrat voters Warnock needs to hand him a win in the midterms.
Warnock issued a statement on Twitter touting his record on investments into his state’s STEM workforce, the creation of green jobs, and pandemic-related aid in a bid to woo voters who have yet to cast their ballot.
“The CHIPS and Science Act helps spur job growth by increasing funding for science and technology, promoting domestic semiconductor manufacturing, and improving research capacity at our colleges and universities, creating high-paying jobs across Georgia and strengthening the pipeline of skilled American workers,” the statement reads.
He added that he will “continue using every tool at my disposal to keep Georgia’s economy moving forward.”
I am going to continue using every tool at my disposal to keep Georgia’s economy moving forward. pic.twitter.com/6cZ3JCNvr9
— Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (@SenatorWarnock) November 8, 2022
Warnock, who serves on the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, frequently defends his record on economic issues in the U.S. Senate, having voted for the Inflation Reduction Act, capping the cost of insulin for Medicare patients, and supporting legislation to lower costs for prescription drugs for seniors.
“I called for a suspension of the federal gas tax back in February,” he told a local reporter days before the election. “Somebody was listening, because the state passed a state gas [suspension]. I was pushing for that at the federal level.”
In March, Georgia’s state legislature passed a plan to suspend the state’s gas tax amid record-high gas prices.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) has signed two executive orders extending the tax relief through Dec. 11.
Warnock’s Election Day pitch to supporters reminded them that he supported the gasoline tax incentives, and stated that he supports the expansion of solar manufacturers in the state that his campaign says will create 470 new jobs for Georgians.