Herschel Walker: 'Even Schumer' Told Biden Warnock Will Lose in Georgia
By Charles Kim | Saturday, 29 October 2022 10:40 AM EDT
Georgia GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker told his rally audience Friday that "even" Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told President Joe Biden that his opponent, Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., will lose the race.
"Even Chuck Schumer had to tell the president that Raphael Warnock is going to lose this race," Walker said during a rally for his Senate campaign Friday. "Chuck Schumer, when he's talking low, tells the truth. That's when they tell the truth: when they're whispering to each other. But he should have known he was going to lose this race when I got in; because unlike Raphael Warnock, I'm not a politician. I'm a warrior for God."
The former NFL superstar, endorsed by former President Donald Trump, is locked in a tight race, up by just an average of 1.6 percentage points over the Democratic incumbent, in a contest Real Clear Politics now calls a "toss up."
The FiveThirtyEight political polling website shows Warnock losing his advantage in the race since the middle of the month and is now calling the race "dead even."
Warnock's precipitous drop is being noticed by Democratic leaders including Schumer, who was caught on a hot mic Thursday while campaigning with Biden for New York's Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul when he approached the president on the tarmac of Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse, New York, CNN reported.
"The state where we're going downhill is Georgia," Schumer told Biden. "It's hard to believe that they will go for Herschel Walker. But our vote, our early turnout in Georgia is huge, huge."
A Monmouth University poll on Oct. 26 found that while the race is tightening, and even moving in Walker's favor, Warnock is still ahead with his favorability rating coming in at 52% compared to 43% for Walker.
"Walker's path to victory is narrow, but it's still there," Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute said in a press release announcing the poll. "He needs to get enough voters to overlook their misgivings about him to come over to his support or benefit from a turnout disparity among the two parties' base voters. At this point, the latter option looks like his better bet."
According to the polling, most early voters appear to be backing Warnock, which could be as many as 25% of all voters this cycle, according to the university.
"It's pretty reasonable to come up with turnout scenarios where either candidate is slightly ahead," Murray said. The unknown question is to what extent Republican enthusiasm on Election Day is able to overcome the Democratic advantage in early voting."