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Walker Aids Drama-Laced Senate Bid With Solid Debate Showing

  • Georgia is a crucial state in battle for control of US Senate
  • Two candidates went into debate with differing expectations
Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker
Raphael Warnock and Herschel WalkerPhotographer: Megan Varner/Getty Images and Ben Hendren/Bloomberg
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Republican Senate contender Herschel Walker exceeded expectations in his highly anticipated debate with incumbent Raphael Warnock in Georgia by staying on message and on the attack.

Walker entered Friday night’s debate with a campaign that for weeks has been mired in controversy and turmoil. The former college and NFL football star also faced questions about his grasp of issues after routinely making confusing and rambling statements on the trail. Moreover, he squared off against an interlocutor, Warnock, who preaches from the same storied Ebeneezer Baptist Church pulpit as the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.