Herschel Walker, A Former Running Back, Loses The Georgia Runoff Election

Herschel Walker, A Former Running Back, Loses The Georgia Runoff Election

Updated on December 07, 2022 15:51 PM by Michael Davis

John Fetterman's win in Pennsylvania

Herschel Walker, a former running back who won the Heisman Trophy, lost to Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in a runoff election in Georgia on Tuesday. For the remainder of Vice President Joe Biden's term, the Senate will be controlled by Democrats. Last month, neither candidate got the majority of votes that the state law required in the general election, so there was a runoff on Tuesday. With John Fetterman's win in Pennsylvania, the Democrats now have a 51-49 majority in the Senate. Before Warnock's win, the Senate was split 50-50. But the government will be split since the Republicans barely controlled the House. Walker played football at the University of Georgia from 1980 to 1982. During those three years, the Bulldogs went 34-5. In 1980, he led them to a perfect season and the national championship. In 1982, he won the Heisman Trophy as the nation's greatest player.

USFL, Walker in the NFL

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After playing for a while in the USFL, Walker spent more than a decade in the NFL. He made two Pro Bowls and played for the Dallas Cowboys, the Minnesota Vikings, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the New York Giants. During a Tuesday night concession speech at the College's Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Walker told his fans, "It looks like the numbers won't add up." "Even though we battled incredibly hard, there are no excuses, and I'm not going to make anymore." Walker's football career gave him nearly unbeatable name recognition during the campaign. However, he was constantly asked if he was fit for office and accused of being hypocritical.

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Businessman with a lot of money

He was a businessman with a lot of money but lied about his charitable work and business achievements. For example, he said that his company employed hundreds of people and made millions of dollars in sales every year, even though records show that he only had eight employees and made an average of about $1.5 million a year. He said he was a police officer and went to college, but he hasn't done either. Two of his ex-girlfriends said he encouraged and paid for their abortions, even though he had campaigned for a national ban on the procedure. He said that what both women said was not true. During the campaign, he was also forced to admit that he had three children outside of marriage that he had never talked about in public. According to the mother of one of these children who spoke with the media, Walker was taken to court to collect child support since he hadn't seen his small son since January 2016. This goes against all the years Walker spent criticizing absentee fathers and calling for Black men, in particular, to be involved in their kids' lives.

Walker's ex-wife claimed he threatened her life

Walker's ex-wife said he once pointed a gun at her head and told her he would kill her. He has never denied these facts, and in 2008, he wrote a book about his violent tendencies and said that his mental illness caused them.
As a candidate, he sometimes got policy discussions wrong. For example, he said that the climate crisis was caused by China's "bad air" taking over the "good air" from the US, and he said that people with diabetes could control their health by "eating right," which isn't enough for insulin-dependent diabetics. In the election last month, Warnock was ahead of Walker by 37,000 votes out of almost 4 million votes cast, but he didn't get enough votes to avoid a runoff.

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