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Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) has been hit with more bad news just weeks before the crucial midterm elections who controls Congress.
In 2020, Warnock was accused by his now ex-wife Ouleye Ndoye of running over her foot with a vehicle. Also, body cam footage of police talking with Ndoye shows her telling officers that her then-husband is a “great actor.”
“This man’s running for United States Senate, and all he cares about right now is his reputation,” she said.
“I work at the mayor’s office, and this is a big problem. I’ve been trying to be very quiet about the way that he is for the sake of my kids and his reputation,” she added, going on to explain that she has “tried to keep the way that he acts under wraps for a long time, and today he crossed the line.”
“So that is what is going on here, and he’s a great actor. He is phenomenal at putting on a really good show,” she told officers.
Georgia Democrat Raphael Warnock's ex-wife on his character after he allegedly ran over her foot with his car:
"I've tried to keep the way he acts under wraps for a long time, & today he crossed the line… He is a great actor. He is phenomenal at putting on a really good show." pic.twitter.com/0SuLy1IPub
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) December 23, 2020
Warnock’s ex- also took legal action against him over alleged violations of their child custody arrangement, claiming he engaged in “willful violations.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported:
The most recent filing involves a child custody arrangement finalized in April 2020, as he was waging a campaign for the U.S. Senate. Though the details are private, often these agreements stipulate that one spouse cannot move children out of state.
In the court documents, she asked a judge to revisit the child support considerations because she plans to be a full-time student at Harvard University for two years.
She claimed a “substantial change of circumstances regarding the welfare of the children” after Warnock’s victory, and she alleged in the filing that her ex-husband hasn’t reimbursed her for some child care costs that she incurred during time he’s scheduled to be with the kids.
Meanwhile, polling between Warnock and his GOP challenger, former college football and NFL great Hershel Walker, has significantly tightened in recent weeks.
Walker, who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, has taken a three-point lead over Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock, according to the latest InsiderAdvantage/FOX 5 Atlanta poll.
Newsmax noted further that in recent weeks, Warnock slipped four points in the poll while Walker has gained two points, a shift of six points in total. “Walker now leads 47% to 44% in one of the key battlegrounds as Republicans seek to flip back a Georgia Senate seat as the midterm battle for the upper-chamber majority heats up in the race’s final two months,” the outlet reported.
Chase Oliver, a Libertarian Party candidate, is having an impact in the race as well, with 4 percent support. Meanwhile, 5 percent of Georgians remain undecided, Newsmax reported, citing the polling results.
“Warnock is winning among younger voters and seniors but trails badly among those 40-64,” InsiderAdvantage Chairman Matt Towery noted in a statement to Fox 5 Atlanta. “Men support Walker at 60%, while women support Warnock at 55%. Walker is receiving 12% support from African American respondents.”
In the Peach State, there is a run-off electoral system, which is what led to Warnock flipping the seat blue in January 2021 against incumbent GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler after she and fellow Republican Sen. David Perdue both failed to secure 50 percent of the vote. Perdue ended up losing to then-Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff. Reports following the election noted that hundreds of thousands of Republican voters who cast ballots in the 2020 elections did not vote during the run-offs.
“This race could very well be headed to a general election runoff given the fact that there seems to be few points among the various demographics up for grabs,” Towery noted in his poll assessment.
Walker, who is endorsed by former President Donald Trump, once played for Trump’s New Jersey Generals in the United States Football League, before becoming an NFL great.
Walker is popular in the state of Georgia, having starred at the University of Georgia, winning NCAA football’s Heisman Trophy in 1982 as a junior.