Warnock leads Walker, but Georgia Senate race is unchanged after abortion payment allegation, poll shows

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  • The allegation paid by GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker for abortion hasn’t made a big difference to the election, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll of Georgia voters.
  • Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock led Walker by a margin of 52% to 45%, a spread almost unchanged from the previous month, Quinnipiac found.
  • Walker, who publicly opposes abortion, has denied reports she once paid for the procedure, called the claim a “flat-out lie” and vowed to file a defamation lawsuit, which she has not.

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Anti-abortion GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker, who paid for the abortion of an ex-girlfriend, has consumed his campaign over the past week—but so far it hasn’t given much of a boost to his opponent, a new poll Shown on Wednesday.

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According to Quinnipiac University’s latest poll of potential voters in Georgia, Walker’s opponent, Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia, is still ahead by seven percentage points, 52% to 45%.

The spread is almost unchanged from last month, when pollsters found Walker led by Warnock ranged from 52% to 46%.

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In the interim, Walker’s campaign was reduced to a . has been shaken by a series of incendiary charges stemming from daily beast report In which an anonymous woman said that he got her pregnant and then paid for an abortion in 2009.

Walker has denied reports she paid for the abortions, calling the claim a “flat lie” and vowing to file a defamation suit, which she hasn’t.

The woman, who remains publicly anonymous, was later reported to be the mother of one of the children, which was confirmed by Walker from the campaign trail. A former football star, entrepreneur and absent father critic, Walker had previously publicly acknowledged only one child, his adult son Christian Walker. As a Senate candidate, Walker has called for a complete ban on abortionand he recently Told He “has always been there for life.”

Little Walker lashed out at his father after The Daily Beast story was published on October 3, calling him a liar in a series of angry social media posts. Christian Walker also accused his father of being violent, neglectful and unfaithful to his family.

The woman told The New York Times that Walker wanted her to have another miscarriage when she became pregnant again in 2011, but she refused and the relationship soon ended. The woman also said that she had to pressure Walker to pay for her first abortion, The Washington Post reported,

Walker previously said he did not know the woman’s identity, but told ABC News On Tuesday that he now knows who he is. “She’s lying,” Walker told ABC about the woman’s abortion claims.

Republican leaders, including former President Donald Trump, have rallied around Walker, whose race in the dominant swing state could decide which party controls the US Senate.

Meanwhile, Warnock hasn’t spoken publicly about her rival’s abortion scandal, even external groups generate ads Highlighted family drama.

Days after the abortion scandal broke, Quinnipiac’s latest poll surveyed a potential 1,157 Georgia voters between last Friday and Monday. The poll has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.9 percentage points.

The survey showed that Warnock’s above-water compatibility rating ranges from 50% to 44%, with 39% holding a favorable opinion of Walker and 55% having an unfavorable view of them.

Respondents gave Walker poor marks on a suite of personal traits: 57% said she was not honest, 58% said she didn’t have good leadership skills and 50% said she didn’t care for the average Georgia resident. Is.

Quinnipiac polling analyst Tim Malloy said in a press release, “Despite repeated penalty flags over his integrity and honesty, Herschel Walker is down seven in the fourth quarter and still has one against Rafael Warnock in the Georgia Senate race. It’s a shot.”

Among Peach State Republicans, inflation is by far the top issue: 73% of them ranked it their most urgent concern, and no other issue scored double digits, according to Quinnipiac. Meanwhile, Democrats ranked their top issue as abortion, followed by election legislation, gun violence, health care, inflation and racial inequality.

The survey shows that inflation is also by far the top issue for independent candidates, of whom 42% put it first.

The poll found Republican Governor Brian Kemp in a virtual tie of 50% to 49% with Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams. a real clear politics Voting averages show that Kemp is ahead of Abrams by a slightly larger margin.



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