Georgia GOP Senate hopeful Herschel Walker, whose campaign has been hamstrung by multiple scandals, dismissed the idea that he regrets how he ran his runoff race and said he would put his reputation against Democratic opponent Sen. Raphael Warnock’s “any day.”
“I don’t regret anything that Raphael Warnock has done. I think he’s got to regret that,” he told reporters at the iconic Marietta Diner, turning the question back to Warnock. “Raphael Warnock has not spoken for Georgia.”
Walker praised his staff and said he feels confident that Tuesday’s results will show him as the victor.
“Herschel Walker is going to be your senator, and things are going to change,” he said in the third person.
Walker and Warnock have been locked in a heated runoff contest after neither candidate met the threshold needed for an outright win on Nov. 8.
Walker said he had no concerns about his run for the U.S. Senate seat, though he declined to address a litany of controversies swirling around him, including claims he lied about his education and ties to law enforcement, as well as accusations he pressured two women he allegedly got pregnant to get abortions despite campaigning on a strict anti-abortion platform.
Most recently, the Georgia football hero was in the spotlight after a private citizen urged state authorities to investigate a tax credit Walker claimed in Texas in 2021 and 2022 that was designed for residents of that state despite running for office in Georgia. Walker has not addressed the controversy.
The winner of Tuesday’s runoff race will be the candidate who can rally their base of supporters the most to come out and vote.
Walker underperformed the rest of Georgia’s Republican ticket during the general election, running 7 points behind Gov. Brian Kemp, who won his rematch against Democrat Stacey Abrams. About 203,000 more Georgians backed Kemp than Walker in the general election. The strategy for the runoff has been to lean on Kemp as much as possible while distancing himself from Donald Trump, although the former president held a tele-rally for Walker yesterday.
Democrats called in their star player, former President Barack Obama, for support. Obama headlined a rally in Atlanta for Warnock on Thursday night, where he told voters that they could not get complacent and urged them to vote one more time for Warnock.