According to the Savannah Police Department, detectives have arrested a suspect in the Thursday shooting of a teenager who was out campaigning for Sen. Raphael Warnock’s runoff election.
Police say the 15-year-old was shot through a closed door, and the bullet struck him in the leg. The suspect was quickly identified as 42-year-old Jimmy Paiz of Savannah. Paiz was arrested at his home.
The teen was taken to a local hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
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“I am saddened to learn about this incident. I am praying for the victim and their family and wish them a full recovery,” Warnock said in a statement.
Police say the case is still being investigated, and the shooting has not been ruled as politically motivated.
This story is developing, and we will continue to update here as we follow it.
As for the Senate runoff in Georgia, according to Daily Kos’ Kerry Eleveld, the race “will all come down to which party turns out more of its diehard voters.”
According to a CNN poll, Warnock is “ahead of Walker by several points, 52%-48%, with 99% of Democrats supporting Warnock while 95% of Republicans were backing Walker. That’s about what we’d expect given the highly tribal nature of our times,” Eleveld writes.
Why did Democrats do so surprisingly well in the midterms? It turns out they ran really good campaigns, as strategist Josh Wolf tells us on this week’s episode of The Downballot. That means they defined their opponents aggressively, spent efficiently, and stayed the course despite endless second-guessing in the press. Wolf gives us an inside picture of how exactly these factors played out in the Arizona governor’s race, one of the most important Democratic wins of the year. He also shines a light on an unsexy but crucial aspect of every campaign: how to manage a multi-million budget for an enterprise designed to spend down to zero by Election Day.
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