Location for Walker, Warnock debate in Savannah announced

SAVANNAH, Georgia (WSAV) — The Savannah Live District at the Plant Riverside Concert Hall will be the site of the Georgia Senate debate between incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Hershel Walker.

The debate will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 14.

So far, it is the only debate the two candidates have agreed to take part in before the November general election.

The debate will air live on WJBF, as well as our other Georgia Nexstar stations WSAV in Savannah and WRBL in Columbus. Other television stations across the state will also air the debate, including our Nexstar news partner WAGA in Atlanta.

Warnock accepted three debates – one in Atlanta, one in Savannah and one in Macon. Walker would not engage in any of these. After weeks of back and forth, Walker got into the Nexstar debate in Savannah.

This week, Warnock agreed to meet Walker in the Nexstar debate.

“Someone had to put an end to the games of Herschel Walker, and today Reverend Warnock again showed why he is the best person for the job, accepting Walker’s favorite debate so Georgians at least have an opportunity to see the clear choice they have in this election,” Quentin Fulks, Warnock’s campaign manager for Georgia.

Walker offered the following response.

“I’m glad to see Raphael Warnock has agreed to face the voters, he has a lot to explain,” Walker said. “He got rich in power while the Georgian people suffered. He voted with Joe Biden more than 96% of the time, giving us high gas prices, empty shelves and spiraling inflation. I look forward to October 14 so voters can see the contrast between us.

The confrontation creates quite a stir in the Georgian political community. Greg Bluestein is an Atlanta Journal-Constitution political reporter who has followed the race closely.

“It’s a must-attend event for journalists,” Bluestein said. “I certainly plan to be in Savannah, and I expect not only the Georgian press, but also the national press, to be there in great force not only because of the debate itself, but because of the aura that surrounds it. It’s going to be in front of a live audience. There’s going to be all sorts of other campaign issues related to that. It was a major blow to Nexstar getting the only debate. I think it’s going to be a national issue , national.

Warnock is still trying to convince Walker to debate in Macon or Atlanta. But it looks like it will happen.

District Live opened its doors last year and has been offering live music ever since.

WRBL, WSAV contributed to this story.

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