Republican candidate Herschel Walker continues to struggle in the race for a seat in the US Senate, which could decide control of the House of Representatives. A second woman came forward yesterday saying the former football player urged her to have an abortion.
The 60-year-old is a staunch opponent of abortion and the revelations could undermine his credibility. Walker rejected the woman's statements during an election campaign, as reported by the NBC TV channel.
A few weeks ago, another woman told The Daily Beast and the Washington Post, among others, that Walker gave her money for an abortion. Walker also denies this. Both women wanted to remain anonymous to protect themselves and their families. The second woman said she was pregnant by Walker in 1993.
In Georgia, residents have been able to vote since Monday last week, while the actual election date is November 8th. Around a million votes have now been cast, as State Secretary Brad Raffensperger, who is responsible for elections, announced yesterday. President Joe Biden's surprise win of both seats from Georgia had given Democrats control of the Senate in 2020 after a six-year hiatus.
Normally, senators in the United States are elected for six-year terms. Incumbent Raphael Warnock is now standing for re-election for one of the seats because two years ago it was only about the end of the term of office of a Republican predecessor who had resigned. Walker challenges him for the Republicans. According to the latest polls, Democrat Warnock is slightly ahead.
In this year's Senate election, every seat counts for both parties: Both camps currently have 50 senators each in the Senate. In stalemate situations, Vice President Kamala Harris has the deciding vote for the Democrats.
There are 14 Democrat-held seats and 21 Republican-held seats up for vote in the current round of elections. In the majority of the races, however, it seems certain that the party affiliation of the seats will not change.