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Defeated Georgia GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker was ‘absolutely shocked’ not to win 100% of votes in Johnson County, where he grew up: report


Herschel Walker.AP Photo/Ben Gray

  • Walker was “shocked” that he didn’t get 100% of the vote in his home county last month, according to The Daily Beast.

  • The Republican won Johnson County 74% to 26% over Warnock, but was still surprised by the result.

  • “I’m going to call the sheriff and have him find out who didn’t vote for me,” Walker reportedly said.

In November’s general election, Republican candidates across the state — from Governor Brian Kemp to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger — were overwhelmingly victorious at the polls in Georgia.

While Democrats had made significant gains in the state in recent years, traditional conservatives performed well at the state level in the general election.

But then-Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker — the University of Georgia football legend who largely ran his campaign independently of Kemp and other statewide GOP candidates — was the exception, underperforming statewide. Walker garnered 48.5% of the vote compared to incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock’s 49.4%, which triggered a runoff as neither candidate secured at least 50% of the vote for an outright victory .

And Walker has been particularly invested in the results of Johnson County, whose county seat is Wrightsville, the small town where he grew up and was a star athlete on the high school football team.

Last month, Walker easily beat Warnock in heavily GOP-dominated Johnson County, 74%-26%, but the Republican was still surprised by the result, according to The Daily Beast.

Walker felt like he should have received 100% of the countywide vote and was “absolutely shocked” by the outcome, according to a staffer who spoke to the outlet. The then-candidate was also furious that Kemp edged him out in the gubernatorial contest against Democrat Stacey Abrams, according to the report.

“I’m going to call the sheriff and ask him to find out who didn’t vote for me,” Walker said, according to an aide who spoke to The Daily Beast.

While Walker received 2,484 votes to Warnock’s 869 votes in Johnson County in November, Kemp received 2,504 votes to Abrams’ 867 votes.

Walker staff members quickly realized at the time that the race would head to a runoff on December 6 once the remaining results arrived, also knowing they would have to run on a ballot without Kemp leading the way. ticket.

During the general election campaign, Walker and Kemp never appeared together at an official event, but shortly after the runoff kicked off, they made their first joint appearance in Smyrna, Georgia, a town from the central Atlanta suburb of Cobb County.

Kemp would go on to lend his GOP operation to Walker for the runoff, but in the end the former soccer star was unable to capitalize on the support of the popular Republican governor.

On Tuesday, Warnock beat Walker in the 51.4%-48.6% runoff, earning a full six-year term in the Senate and denying Republicans a much-desired victory. And Warnock gained ground in Johnson County in the runoff from the November election, winning 967 votes (29%) to Walker’s 2,419 votes (71%).

Read the original article on Business Insider

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