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The Personal and Political Saga of Herschel Walker

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The New York Times

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🗓️ 17 October 2022

⏱️ 30 minutes

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Summary

Herschel Walker, the former football star who is running for the Senate, is, according to the Times political reporter Maya King, a “demigod in Georgia sports and in Georgia culture.” The midterm election in that state is crucial — it could determine whether Democrats keep control of the Senate. Mr. Walker’s candidacy, however, has been tainted by a slew of stories about his character, including claims that he paid for an abortion for a former girlfriend despite publicly opposing the procedure. Guest: Maya King, a politics reporter covering the South for The New York Times.

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0:00.0

From New York Times, I'm Michael Borrow.

0:04.2

This is the Daily.

0:10.4

Joe Biden is the winner of Georgia.

0:12.7

This is a huge victory for the Democrats, a state they've long eyed.

0:17.6

Much of the focus of Georgia's flip from red to blue in 2020 was on its role in delivering

0:23.7

the White House to Democrats.

0:26.2

Democrats have officially secured Senate control after winning both runoff races in Georgia.

0:32.0

But equally important was what happened a few months later when Georgia voters handed

0:37.4

Democrats control of the Senate.

0:40.4

Now, incumbent Senator Rafael Warnault is hoping to hold on to his current seat.

0:46.1

Georgia may be the state to determine whether Democrats keep control of the Senate because

0:51.6

of a closely fought race that has become increasingly focused on the personal life and alleged

0:57.9

hypocrisy of the Republican nominee, Herschel Walker.

1:01.9

The former college football star has been battered by a series of scandals in recent weeks.

1:06.5

Today, my colleague, Maya King, on the story of Walker's candidacy.

1:13.3

It's Monday.

1:20.6

October 17th.

1:28.6

My after 2020, Republicans had a very big decision to make, given how bad things went for them

1:33.6

in Georgia, which was who'd denominator for the US Senate in 2022.

1:38.3

So how do they end up picking Herschel Walker?

1:41.4

What's that story?

1:42.7

So after the 2020 presidential election and the 2021 Senate runoffs, Republicans had

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