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Republican nominee for the US Senate Herschel Walker has been embroiled in allegations that he paid a former girlfriend for an abortion in 2009 as the close Georgia Senate race enters the final stages.

Walker, 60, a former soccer star who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, faced days of national headlines amid a developing story about a woman who is also the mother of one of his four children.

It remains to be seen how recent events will impact the race, in which Walker hopes to unseat Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock.

With less than a month until the midterm election, things remain tight, but the latest InsiderAdvantage/Fox 5 poll on Tuesday night dropped the Republican another two points behind Warnock and was 3 percent behind.

Here is a timeline of this week’s events.


The daily beast published an article Monday saying Walker paid an unnamed woman to have an abortion in 2009. The woman in question was an ex-girlfriend of his.

That article reported that the woman had a $575 receipt from an abortion clinic, a get well card from Walker, and a bank deposit receipt that contained a picture of a $700 check he signed.

Walker said the story was false and he would sue The daily beast. His son Christian criticized him the same day, accusing him of “lying” and saying: “You are not a ‘family man’ when you left us to shag some women, threatened us with death and forced us to move more than 6 times in 6 months before your violence.”

The Republican nominee also appeared on Fox News Monday night to again say the story was wrong.

During his conversation with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Walker didn’t deny that he may have given the woman a check for $700, saying, “I send money to a lot of people.”

Herschel Walker speaks to the media
Republican U.S. Senate candidate for Georgia Herschel Walker addresses the media at a campaign event September 9, 2022 in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Walker has denied a report that he paid for an ex-girlfriend’s abortion in 2009.
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By Tuesday morning, many Republicans had rallied around Walker as an interest The daily beast‘s story continued.

Importantly for his Senate campaign, former President Trump backed him and was supported by Senator Rick Scott, chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), as well as Chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC), Ronna McDaniel.

“It is very important to our country and the Great State of Georgia that Herschel Walker win this election,” Trump wrote in a now-deleted post on his social media channel Truth Social. “With all that Herschel has accomplished, if you’re from Georgia and you see the Herschel Walker name on the vote, it’s going to be very hard to resist. Do not do it!”

Christian Walker released a video Tuesday apparently aimed at getting Republicans to support his father.

“Everything was a lie,” he said in the video posted to Twitter. “So for the right to say I’m suspicious for saying, ‘Hey, I’m done with the lies’ — well, you all called me and said, ‘Is that right about your dad? We’re not going to win Georgia.’ It was you. You have no idea what I’ve been through in my life.”


The daily beast reported Wednesday that the woman who claims Walker paid for an abortion in 2009 is also the father of her child. Walker has three other children besides Christian Walker, but this fact only became public knowledge when he was reported The daily beast.

Christian took to Twitter on Wednesday and posted a now-deleted tweet that read, “God is not mocked.”

In another tweet, he wrote, “Wear a condom damn it,” which many took to be a reference to his father.


Walker told conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt on Thursday that he has not spoken to his son Christian since the controversy that ensued The daily beast‘s article.

“I think he’s extremely hurt by it, and that was absolutely, absolutely not true,” Walker told Hewitt. “That’s what’s so sad and we haven’t talked about it.

“And then you know [the abortion story] came out, and that’s why I say I love him. i love christian I love him with all my heart. And you know, he’s a young man now. And when he’s ready, I’ll be here. He can talk to me.”


The New York Times reported on Friday that the woman is at the center The daily beastHer story claimed that Walker wanted her to have a second abortion in 2011, but she chose her son instead.

The newspaper spoke to the woman, maintaining her anonymity, and criticizing Walker’s treatment of his now 10-year-old son. Her claim that Walker wanted her to have a second abortion has not been independently corroborated.

“As a father, he hasn’t done anything. He’s doing exactly what the courts say and that’s it,” the woman said. “He needs to be held accountable, just like the rest of us. And if you’re running for office, you must own your life.”

Walker also told NBC News Friday that he confirmed the woman’s identity when she texted his wife and claimed he paid for the abortion.

“The first thing I knew about it was when a reporter asked me about an abortion. And I said, ‘No, that’s a lie.’ And then I was asked if I paid for an abortion and I said, ‘No. I didn’t pay for an abortion,'” Walker told NBC News.

“I’m not saying she had or didn’t have one. I say I know nothing about it. I don’t know,” he said.

news week has reached out to the Walker campaign for comment. The Week That Can Hurt campaign.

Rick Schindler

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