Dem Senate Candidate Warnock Dodges on Court Packing

November 9, 2020

Georgia Senate candidate Raphael Warnock (D.) on Monday refused to say whether he would support adding seats to the U.S. Supreme Court if Democrats successfully took control of the Senate.

"I think it’s presumptuous for me to go further down that path—talking about what ought to happen with the courts," said Warnock, who is running against Loeffler in a special election that coulc determine the balance of power in Washington. "I’m hopeful that the people of Georgia will look at my life, look at my record and give me the great honor of representing them in the United States Senate."

Warnock, echoing President-elect Joe Biden and other top Senate candidates, declined to take a position on court packing while on the campaign trail. Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) said Monday he would not vote in favor of court packing, making that particular left-wing agenda item a long shot to pass in the near future, even if Democrats were to take the Senate.

Warnock performed slightly better than Loeffler on Election Day, but neither came close to the 50 percent needed to win the race outright. The runoff election will take place Jan. 5, 2021. Sen. David Perdue (R., Ga.) and Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff are also facing off for the Peach State's other Senate seat after Perdue finished three-tenths of a point short of 50 percent.