Republicans Rally Behind Herschel Walker After Abortion Report

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Republicans Rally Behind Herschel Walker After Abortion Report

Shane Goldmacher, Maya King and Lisa Lerer – 2h ago

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National Republicans quickly began to close ranks on Tuesday behind Herschel Walker, the party’s embattled nominee for Senate in Georgia, a day after a report that Mr. Walker, an outspoken supporter of an abortion ban with no exceptions, had paid for a girlfriend’s abortion in 2009.

National Republican leaders signaled on Tuesday that they planned to stand by Herschel Walker after a report that he had paid for a girlfriend’s abortion in 2009.© Nicole Craine for The New York Times

Mr. Walker, a former football star, has denied the report, published in The Daily Beast on Monday, calling it “a flat-out lie.” The site did not identify the woman but said she had produced documentation of Mr. Walker’s role, including a 2009 receipt from the abortion clinic and a deposit receipt with an image of a $700 check said to be from Mr. Walker, dated days later, that she said had covered the cost of the procedure. It also published a “get well” card that the woman said had been signed by Mr. Walker.

Ralph Reed, a social conservative leader in Georgia, likened the Daily Beast report to the “Access Hollywood” recording that shook the 2016 presidential campaign.© Nicole Craine for The New York Times

The Georgia contest is a linchpin to the Republican Party’s chances to take control of the Senate in 2022, and national party leaders signaled Tuesday that they planned to stick with Mr. Walker. At the same time, his son, Christian Walker, who has cultivated a large following on TikTok, Instagram and Twitter, posted videos lashing his father as a liar who had committed “atrocities” against him and his mother.

Christian Walker, left, at a Los Angeles event in support of Donald J. Trump in 2020, has denounced his father, Herschel Walker, on social media.© Chelsea Lauren/Shutterstock

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“Full speed ahead in Georgia,” said Steven Law, the president of the Senate Leadership Fund, which booked more than $34 million in television ads in the state between Labor Day and Election Day.


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