Herschel Walker is slated to lose, which will hurt both Trump and Senate Republicans


Herschel Walker gave a lovely concession speech, talking about believing in America and, yes, the Constitution. But in the end, the Georgia Senate runoff wasn’t that close, and it has far-reaching implications beyond the former football star’s defeat.

Raphael Warnock won re-election by 100,000 votes, about 3 percentage points, to give Democrats a 51-seat majority in the Senate.

A generic, boring Republican candidate could win. But Walker couldn’t do it. His personal baggage was overwhelming and he ran a disorganized campaign, perhaps epitomized by his sensational story about a movie where a werewolf can kill a vampire.

The inevitable verdict is that this is the latest setback of the midterms for Donald Trump, who chose Walker to run Georgia. There were five battleground states for control of the Senate – Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada and New Hampshire, as well as Georgia – and Republicans only needed to win two to gain control. From celebrities like Dr. Oz to unknowns like retired General Don Bolduc, all five of Trump’s MAGA nominees lost.

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Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker delivers his acceptance speech during the election night event at the College Football Hall of Fame on December 6, 2022 in Atlanta. Tonight, Walker lost a runoff to incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga).
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Most of them softened their stances on Trump’s stolen election rhetoric and abortion rights, but all lost what could have been a winnable race for the GOP.

Winning the 51st senator — and making Joe Biden the first president since FDR not to lose a Senate seat in a midterm election — does more than reduce the reliance on Kamala Harris to cut ties.

That would take the nuke out of Joe Manchin’s hands because he could single-handedly detonate anything the White House wants. Of course, he can still do it if he’s paired opposite Kirsten Sinema. Still, it’s easier for the president to push his nominees when there are more Democrats on committees than in an evenly divided House.

Despite all the party’s concessions to avoid a red tide, the House of Representatives is still narrowly controlled by Republicans. And that means a very different climate in Washington, with investigations and subpoenas and a White House trying to maintain initiatives from the past two years instead of breaking much new ground.

Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker speaks at a campaign rally on December 1, 2022 in Columbus, Georgia.

Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker speaks at a campaign rally on December 1, 2022 in Columbus, Georgia.
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Walker, who once played for Trump in FL, did not want the former president to campaign for him, especially after controversy over his willingness to repeal parts of the Constitution and his dinner with two anti-Semites. Two years ago, Trump ran for two Republicans in the Georgia runoff, helping Democrats win control of the Senate.

As soon as Walker lost on Tuesday night, his teammates started trashing him.

Those who said Politics is his wife, Julie Blanchard is obsessed with the unrealistic idea that Walker Herschel can win 50% of the black vote, which is a majority of Democrats, thereby putting her in front of the wrong audience.

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“He should never have run for this seat,” said one person close to his campaign. “Herschel had a ton of baggage, he wasn’t transparent, and we were always behind the eight ball.”

Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker speaks with Fox News' Brandon Gillespie after a campaign rally Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, in McDonough, Georgia.

Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker speaks with Fox News’ Brandon Gillespie after a campaign rally Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, in McDonough, Georgia.
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Warnock, who took little notice of the press, deserves credit for running a smart campaign. Walker attracted very negative coverage throughout the election, trying to deny and deny all the allegations.

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Two women accused him of forcing and paying for an abortion. Others said he threatened physical violence, including going on the record and appearing on NBC the day before the runoff. Despite promoting black fatherhood, he admitted to having children he rarely sees. His son Christian left the campaign and denounced his father. Walker admitted to serious mental health issues in his autobiography.

As a result, Walker stopped talking to reporters and kept them 20 feet away after events so they couldn’t ask questions. But this limited his ability to control the message.

In the end, it was another missed opportunity for Republicans whose high hopes for the midterms were dashed by poor strategy and the wrong candidates.

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