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GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker is getting a big assist from a powerful figure in Georgia politics.
The Trump-backed former Heisman Trophy winner campaigned on Saturday with newly reelected Gov. Brian Kemp, who handily defeated Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams again on Election Day, only by a wider margin than when he defeated her in 2018.
Neither Walker nor his opponent, incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, received the required 50 percent of the vote in order to avoid a Dec. 6 runoff. Control of the Senate will remain with the Democrats after the party managed to keep control of the 50 seats the party had going into the midterms. If Warnock wins, the party will increase its lead to 51.
“Look, we cannot rest on our laurels here,” Kemp told a group of Walker supporters in a Cobb County, Georgia, parking lot on Saturday, Fox News reported.
“Who do you want to fight for you in the United States Senate? Do you want a guy that represents our values like Herschel Walker, or do you want a guy who’s stood with Joe Biden 96% of the time?” Kemp asked.
The GOP governor also told supporters that Walker would “fight for the values” of Georgia and will “run over” Warnock the way he crumpled defenders when he led the University of Georgia to a college football championship in 1980.
“I know that Herschel Walker will go to the United States Senate and support our men and women in the military and our men and women in law enforcement,” Kemp said.
“I know that Herschel Walker would go to Washington, D.C., and cut our taxes, not raise them. I know that Herschel Walker will do like we’ve done in Georgia and be fiscally conservative and cut runaway government spending in Washington, D.C.”
Fox News noted further:
Kemp has given Walker access to his get-out-the-vote machine that helped him win a re-election effort against challenger Stacey Abrams in the midterm election by almost 8 points while neither Walker nor Warnock passed the 50% vote threshold needed to avoid a runoff.
Walker, who hauled in $3.3 million the day after the midterm election and $4.3 million the next day, has hit the campaign trail arguing that Warnock will be a rubber stamp for Biden’s agenda.
Walker told the crowd that, as their senator, he would oppose President Joe Biden’s agenda, would back tougher border security, law enforcement, and rules against allowing biological males to compete in all-female events in school.
CNN reported on Election Night:
That the race was so tight underscores the prevalence of ticket-splitters in Georgia this year. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp comfortably defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams, CNN projected, but Walker has lagged Kemp’s margin all night, while Warnock has outpaced Abrams.
In brief remarks on Tuesday night, Walker asked supporters gathered in a hotel ballroom to “hang in there a little bit longer.”
“I’m telling you right now – I didn’t come to lose,” Walker said.
Shortly before the election, Warnock was hit with accusations that he funneled more than $60,000 in childcare expenses from his campaign a Federal Election Commission report said, the Daily Wire reported.
The senator had previously been criticized for that showed that his church owned a building in a low-income area and had attempted to evict tenants during the pandemic.
“NEW: Records obtained by @FreeBeacon reveal Raphael Warnock’s church, which pays him a $7417 monthly housing allowance, secretly owns a low-income apartment building that tried to evict residents during the pandemic,” Andrew Kerr of The Washington Free Beacon said. “One for just $28.55 in late rent.”
Since early 2020, 12 eviction lawsuits have been filed against residents of Columbia Tower at MLK Village, which Warnock’s church owns 99% of.
The average rent owed by the residents clocked in at just $125 a month.
The building has received over $15 million in taxpayer funding.
— Andrew Kerr (@AndrewKerrNC) October 11, 2022
“Since early 2020, 12 eviction lawsuits have been filed against residents of Columbia Tower at MLK Village, which Warnock’s church owns 99% of. The average rent owed by the residents clocked in at just $125 a month. The building has received over $15 million in taxpayer funding,” he added.