Herschel Walker says Trump has done more for African Americans than Obama

Senate hopeful Herschel Walker recently said former President Donald Trump has done more for the African American community “than the last four presidents combined” as early voting for the Georgia Senate race begins.

In September, Trump gave his endorsement to the former soccer star in what appeared to be a close race against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in the Dec. 6 runoff.

Georgia law requires candidates to win at least 50 percent of the vote to win an election, and neither Warnock nor Walker did so during the Nov. 8 midterm elections. Warnock won about 49.4 percentage points while Walker received about 48.5 percent of the vote, with the libertarian Chase Oliver winning the remaining votes.

Walker told the conservative network Real America’s Voice that he was “very honored” to receive the endorsement from the former president, whom he praised for his contribution to the African American community.

“It’s sad that our media has tried to say that this president has done nothing for the African American community, even though he has done more for the African American community than the last four presidents combined,” Walker said, referring to a list of those White House residents dating back to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. “He has given many opportunities to many members of the African American community, not just the African American community but the entire United States.”

Questions have been raised about Walker’s candidacy after it was reported that he had applied for a “principal residence” tax exemption on a property in Texas, despite registering to vote in Georgia.

CNN reported that tax records showed Walker received a tax exemption on a Dallas home this year, which saved him about $1,500 by declaring the property his “principal residence,” which he has done since 2012.

The Constitution requires Senate candidates to live in the state in which they are running for office.

news week has reached out to the Walker campaign for comment.

Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker
Above is Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker at a rally November 21 in Milton, Georgia. Walker will face incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock, a Georgia Democrat, in a December 6 runoff.
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Walker’s odds of beating Warnock in Georgia runoff

Unlike last year’s runoff, control of the Senate is not at stake as Democrats have already won 50 seats and Vice President Kamala Harris gives the party a crucial vote.

The stakes remain high, however, as a Warnock win would give Democrats an outright majority as well as a majority on committees, allowing them to more easily advance President Joe Biden’s nominees.

After the Georgia Supreme Court allowed counties to offer early voting Saturday, Democrats said they expect up to 22 counties to do so — some in areas around Atlanta, including DeKalb and Fulton.

According to RealClearPolitics, the most recent poll puts Warnock 4 points ahead of his Republican challenger. It was based on a poll by Fabrizio Ward & Impact Research of 500 likely voters between November 11th and 17th. The survey had a margin error of 4.4 percentage points.

In a previous poll conducted by Landmark Communications between Nov. 4 and 7, Walker was just 1 percent ahead of Warnock, according to FiveThirtyEight.

Meanwhile, the latest edition of Oddschecker.com put the Democratic candidate’s odds of winning on Saturday at -556, or an 84.5 percent probability. The odds of a Republican victory were +400, or a 20 percent chance.

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Rick Schindler

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