Herschel Walker’s Senate campaign faces multiple hurdles before election

Herschel Walker’s Georgia Senate campaign is in disarray following a news story alleging that he paid for an ex-girlfriend’s abortion and his adult son accusing him of threatening to kill him and his mother. Walker’s adult son Christian also alleged his father lied to present himself as a “family man.” Christian’s Twitter rant came just two hours after the Daily Beast story, which the elder Walker called “a flat out lie.” 

Christian stated, “You’re not a ‘family man’ when you left us to bang a bunch of women, threatened to kill us, and had us move over 6 times in 6 months running from your violence.” Walker responded to Christian, saying, “I LOVE my son no matter what.” However, the Senate candidate threatened to sue the Daily Beast and claimed, “This is another repugnant hatchet job from a democrat activist disguised as a reporter who has obsessively attacked my family and tried to tear me down since this race started.”

On Monday, The Daily Beast said that Walker conceived a child with an unknown woman in 2009 when they were dating. The outlet claimed he encouraged her to get an abortion and paid her back after the procedure. The woman in the article asked that her identity be withheld but backed up her assertions with a $575 abortion clinic receipt, a “get well” card from Walker, and a bank deposit receipt that showed a picture of Walker’s signed $700 personal check. She also noted that Walker, single at the time, advised her to get an abortion because it was “not the right time” for him to start a family.

Walker’s lawyer Robert Ingram called the article “a false story” and slammed the outlet, saying, “All you want to do is run with stories to target Black conservatives,” Ingram said. “You focus on Black conservatives.” The Trump-endorsed former NFL player has stated throughout his campaign that he opposes abortion and is against making an exception for rape or incest.

In June, it was reported that Walker has a 10-year-old son, whom he had not previously disclosed to the public. Walker’s campaign manager confirmed the report and explained that “he supported the child and continues to do so.” In July, Walker’s campaign also faced criticism after he falsely claimed he was once an FBI agent.

A recent Fox News poll revealed that Walker’s opponent, Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, has marginally increased his advantage in the Georgia Senate race. While Warnock has a five-point advantage against Walker (46% to 41%), Warnock’s lead is still within the poll’s margin of error. Additionally, 13% of those polled stated they are still unsure or may vote for a different candidate.

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