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Control for the U.S. Senate could all come down to the state of Georgia.
Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock defeated GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler in a run-off election that helped Democrats reclaim the Senate majority.
“Democrats are up against strong political headwinds nationally and his Republican rival, former football star Herschel Walker, faced little serious opposition in the state’s May 24 Senate primary,” The Hill reported.
“Both parties are already spending heavily to win the Senate seat in Georgia, and early polling in the general election suggests an exceedingly tight race. A survey from Eastern Carolina University released this week showed Warnock and Walker tied at 46 percent,” the outlet added.
A new poll from the left-leaning Data for Progress found that Walker is leading Warnock by two points in the race for U.S. Senate in Georgia.
The poll found Walker at 49 percent compared to Warnock’s 47 percent.
Walker, a former University of Georgia football legend and NFL player, breezed past his Republican opponents in his primary in May.
Republican Herschel Walker is leading Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) by two points in the battleground race for U.S. Senate in Georgia, according to a poll released Friday. https://t.co/CyL33UheFq
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) July 9, 2022
Walker has been backed by former President Donald Trump.
“As we travel all over the Peach State, we are meeting thousands of hardworking Georgians who are fed up with the direction our country is headed,” Walker said in a statement. “Though I have been blessed with many amazing opportunities, running for U.S. Senate to represent my home state is the greatest honor and privilege of my life.”
Scott Paradise, Walker’s campaign manager, claimed that “this massive fundraising haul, likely the largest in the country for a non-incumbent, shows that Georgia Republicans are clearly united behind Herschel Walker and are ready to take on Sen. Warnock.”
“The pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. once preached, Warnock has yet to file his fourth-quarter fundraising numbers, but he brought in $9.5 million during the July-September third quarter of fundraising and reported more than $17.2 million at the beginning of October, according to Fox,” Newsmax reported.
A lawsuit alleges that Warnock may have used campaign funds to battle back against a lawsuit pertaining to an issue that surfaced in 2019 before he was elected.
Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) used campaign money to cover legal expenses for a lawsuit relating to his time as a church minister — transactions that raise questions about whether the spending runs afoul of federal rules governing personal use of campaign funds.
The case, first filed in 2019 by Atlanta resident Melvin Robertson, involved baffling and seemingly baseless allegations against Warnock that date back to 2005 when he was a pastor. It was dismissed by a federal district court judge in Georgia without any of the defendants being served.
But Robertson refiled a similar lawsuit in April 2021, outlining the same allegations against Warnock while also suing Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he has long served as senior pastor, and other public figures.
This time, Warnock was serving in the Senate. And he enlisted his campaign attorneys from Elias Law Group to represent him in the case, along with an Atlanta firm, Krevolin & Horst, which assisted ELG.
According to the report, it is a violation of the law to use campaign funds to fight a lawsuit that does not stem from one’s candidacy or from holding office.
Since the first lawsuit was filed in 2019 prior to Warnock even running for his current Senate seat, and the later suit in 2021 did not have any relationship with Warnock’s Senate service (the allegations are from the 2005-2008 timeframe), paying the ELG appears to be against the law.
Rafael Warnock allegedly used campaign funds for trial https://t.co/5CK9leuYIe
— GreeleyTribune.Net (@Greeley_Tribune) July 6, 2022