Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) is scheduled to go to Georgia on Tuesday to assist Herschel Walker, the anti-abortion GOP Senate nominee rocked by explosive allegations that he paid for an ex-girlfriend to get an abortion after which pressured her to have a second one.
Georgia is essential within the November election to which social gathering controls the now-evenly divided Senate. Polling reveals Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) main Walker by lower than 4 share factors, in accordance with polling aggregation web site FiveThirtyEight.
Scott, who chairs the Nationwide Republican Senatorial Committee, will go to the state alongside Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) to assist prop up Walker’s marketing campaign.
“The Democrats wish to destroy this nation, and they’ll destroy anybody who will get of their means. At this time, it’s Herschel Walker, however tomorrow it’s the American folks,” Scott advised The Washington Submit in a press release. “I’m on Herschel’s staff — they picked the unsuitable Georgian to mess with.”
Caroline Tabler, Cotton’s communications director, confirmed the senator’s journey plans.
Cotton “believes Herschel will likely be a champion for Georgia who will vote to maintain violent criminals in jail, for decrease gasoline costs, and to cease Joe Biden’s inflationary insurance policies,” Tabler advised CNN.
Walker, who opposes abortion beneath any circumstances — even in circumstances of rape or incest — paid for an ex-girlfriend to have an abortion in 2009, in accordance with The Each day Beast. He pressured her to have a second abortion two years later, however she refused and had his little one, the unnamed girl advised The New York Instances.
Walker has denied the allegations.
Republicans have rallied round Walker. In the meantime, a brilliant PAC affiliated with former President Donald Trump, who endorsed Walker within the main, purchased advertisements to spice up Walker’s standing, in accordance with Politico.
Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) advised NBC’s “Meet The Press” Sunday he continues to assist Walker based mostly on his coverage platform, however urged him to “come clear and simply be sincere.”
“We additionally know that all of us make errors and it’s simply higher, if this really did occur, say I’m sorry and apologize,” Bacon advised NBC’s Kristen Welker.
Warnock didn’t immediately reply whether or not he believed Walker’s denial, however as a substitute mentioned “it’s as much as Georgia voters to resolve.”
“We do know that my opponent has hassle with the reality. And we’ll see how all this performs out, however I’m targeted squarely on the well being care wants of my constituents, together with reproductive well being care. I’m deeply involved about what’s taking place with girls on this state,” Warnock mentioned.
The revelations have examined Walker’s standing with voters. HuffPost’s Daniel Marans attended a spotlight group of eight swing voters who voted for Trump in 2016 and Biden in 2020, and in addition voted in Georgia’s Republican main this yr. Seven members mentioned they’d vote for Warnock in November.
The 2 candidates will face off in a debate later this week in Savannah.
Scott and Senate Minority chief Mitch McConnell spatted after McConnell conceded Republicans may have a more durable time profitable again the Senate in November, citing candidate high quality as an element.
Scott took problem with these feedback in an op-ed for the Washington Examiner.
“If you wish to trash-talk our candidates to assist the Democrats, pipe down,” Scott wrote.