Herschel Walker is hanging on by a thread in his race against Raphael Warnock for a seat in Georgia’s senate.
A new polling survey released by Emerson College on Tuesday, revealed that Warnock had a slight lead against Walker with the Democrat pulling ahead with 48 percent support to the controversial Republican’s 46 percent. Earlier this month, SurveryPoll released similar data that showed Walker trailing behind the Georgia Senator again, 38 to 50 percent “among more than 1,000 likely voters,” Forbes reported. Warnock currently holds a larger lead with women voters in Georgia. While male voters appear to be “split at 44 percent” between the two candidates, according to the data.
“Some 51% of respondents had an “unfavorable” opinion of Walker, compared to 28% that found him “favorable,” while 40% said Warnock was unfavorable, and 43% said he was favorable,” the report noted.
1. Walker played football in high schoolSource:Getty
Herschel Walker grew up in Wrightsville, Georgia. The former Johnson County High School student played football, basketball, and competed in track as a young teen. From 1976 to 1979, Walker played for the Johnson County Trojans high school football team. In his senior year, he rushed for 3,167 yards, helping the Trojans win their first state championship.
2. He also competed on the school track & field teamSource:Getty
Walker also competed on the Trojans track and field team in events ranging from the 100-yard dash to the shot put. He won the shot put and 220-yard dash events at the GHSA Class A State T&F Championships. He also anchored the 4×400 team to victory, with a time of 3:24.01 minutes.
3. Walker makes historic strides at the University of GeorgiaSource:Getty
Walker continued making historic strides with his athletic career as a freshman at the University of Georgia. According to his website, Walker helped the Bulldogs win the 1980 national championship. He earned consensus All-American honors three consecutive years in both football and track & field, set 10 NCAA and 15 SEC records, and capped a sensational college career by winning the 1982 Heisman Trophy. In 1999, he was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
4. Cowboys Herschel WalkerSource:Getty
Walker ended his final year at University of Georgia to play in the NFL. During his 15-year pro-football career in the league, Walker played for the New Jersey Generals, Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Giants. Over his career, he racked up 2,411 years yards, more than any player in history. He also won a number of All-Pro and Pro-Bowl honors.
5. Herschel Walker Meets Donald TrumpSource:Getty
In the late 80s, Donald Trump signed Herschel Walker to play the running back slot for the USFL’s New Jersey Generals after he purchased the team. Walker played for The Generals from 1983 to 1985.
6. Trump appoints Walker to Chair of Council on SportsSource:Getty
Over the years, Walker and Trump kept a close relationship. Herschel competed on a season of The Apprentice, the former president’s “Shark Tank” style reality TV show.
In 2018, Trump appointed Walker to chair of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition. To encourage a healthy lifestyle for all Americans, Herschel allegedly visited Capitol Hill multiple times to meet with members of Congress and discuss the importance of fitness and nutrition, although members from the left claimed he exaggerated the work he did with the department.
7. Walker announces Senate Bid, but lands in hot water with DemocratsSource:Getty
In 2021, Walker announced that he would be running against Georgia’s first Black senator, Raphael Warnock for a seat at the Senate. But the Biden Administration didn’t take the news lightly, in fact, according to Georgia Democrat, political experts say Walker’s decision to run for Senate, is what cost him his position with the council after serving for the department for over a little of three years.
The Biden administration claimed that Walker violated “policies” and the Hatch Act, a 1939 ethics law that prohibits “special government employees” from doing their public duties while also seeking partisan political office.”
8. Walker’s murky past begins to surfaceSource:Getty
Prior to announcing his Senate Bid, the Associated Press found documents detailing accusations that Walker repeatedly threatened his ex-wife’s life in the past and exaggerated claims of financial success with some of his business endeavors.
9. Herschel Walker was diagnosed with DIDSource:Getty
In his 2008 book, Walker revealed that he was diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) as a result of trauma he experienced in childhood. On his campaign website, Herschel claims he has “dedicated his life to helping others struggling with mental health.”
10. Herschel Walker further denies abortion claims in an exclusive interviewSource:Getty
On October 11, Herschel Walker sat down for an exclusive interview with ABC News, where he admitted to knowing the identify of the woman who alleged he paid for her abortion. Walker claimed he hadn’t spoken to the women, who he confirmed was an ex, for almost a decade.
Still, the Republican hopeful vehemently denied the allegation. “I know nothing about an abortion,” Walker told ABC News anchor Linsey Davis on Tuesday. “I knew it was a lie and I said it was a lie — and I just move on … it’s sad that people say October surprise, but you’re destroying families,” he said before adding:
“This race is too important for me to give up or for me to stop,” he continued. “So, October surprise is not going to faze me.”
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