Herschel Walker’s Senate campaign has raised over $500,000 for the reason that anti-abortion Republican appeared on Fox News to disclaim a shocking report that he had paid for a girl’s abortion years earlier, a campaign official told CNBC on Wednesday.
Walker appeared on “Hannity” on Monday evening shortly after The Every day Beast published the allegation from an anonymous woman, who accused Walker of urging her to get an abortion after she became pregnant after they were dating in 2009.
“It’s a flat-out lie,” Walker said when Fox host Sean Hannity asked him in regards to the report. Walker’s accuser supported her claims with a receipt from the abortion clinic, a “recover” card from Walker and a picture of a private check signed by him, in line with The Every day Beast.
U.S. Republican Senate candidate for Georgia, Herschel Walker speaks to media at a campaign event on September 9, 2022 in Gwinnett, Georgia.
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Walker raised $50,000 during that interview alone, a source near his Senate bid told NBC News on Tuesday. The person called the haul a record for the campaign.
Walker’s Democratic rival, incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia, has trounced the Republican in campaign fundraising. Within the last fundraising quarter, Warnock’s campaign took in a mean of just about $292,000 per day, NBC reported.
Warnock’s campaign has raised greater than $60 million thus far, versus about $20 million taken in by Walker, in line with OpenSecrets.
Despite Warnock’s fundraising edge, the candidates seem like running neck and neck. Warnock holds only a slight lead in polling averages.
The Senate race in Georgia, a swing state where President Joe Biden narrowly beat then-President Donald Trump in 2020, is one among several key elections that can determine which party controls the Senate after November’s midterm elections.
The fundraising windfall for the scandal-plagued GOP Senate hopeful got here as top Republicans, including Trump, defended Walker against The Every day Beast’s bombshell report.
“Herschel has properly denied the costs against him, and I even have little doubt he’s correct,” Trump said in an announcement Tuesday on his Twitter-like platform Truth Social.
Meanwhile, in a series of Twitter posts after The Every day Beast story published, Walker’s adult son Christian accused his father of lying and threatening violence against members of the family.
“Every member of the family of Herschel Walker asked him to not run for office, because all of us knew (a few of) his past. Each one. He decided to provide us the center finger and air out all of his dirty laundry in public, while concurrently lying about it,” Christian Walker tweeted.
While the elder Walker has not responded specifically to Christian’s claims, he said Wednesday that he loves his son “unconditionally.” Walker added that he’s “living proof you can make mistakes and stand up and keep going forward.”
Walker, a 60-year-old former football star, has run a scandal-plagued campaign for office. His ex-wife Cindy Grossman accused him of threatening to kill her, and Walker confirmed that he has more children than were previously known.