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Herschel Walker’s Democratic Rival in Georgia Sets Up Contrast Over Abortion Claims

  • In campaign, Senator Warnock avoids direct criticism of Walker
  • Senate candidates hold a much-anticipated debate in days
Herschel Walker, left, and Raphael Warnock

Herschel Walker, left, and Raphael Warnock

Photographer: Elijah Nouvelage and Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Bloomberg
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Georgia US Senator Raphael Warnock toured the state this weekend, working to draw a clear contrast with his opponent Herschel Walker, whose campaign is reeling from reports that he paid for a girlfriend’s abortion and tried to pay for a second one.

Warnock sought to capitalize on Walker’s troubles, but on the campaign trail he did so gingerly. Speaking mostly to supporters -- from Savannah to Macon and Columbus -- Warnock focused instead on portraying himself as a Democrat who works across party lines. While rarely mentioning Walker by name or commenting on the recent allegations, he gushed about his own family, with two young children, and repeated that his pro-choice position has been “consistent.”