Trump ally Herschel Walker's wife voted in Georgia in 2020 — but she lives in Texas: report
Texas-based football star Herschel Walker has hinted that he may move to Georgia to compete against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in the Peach State's 2022 U.S. Senate race, and former President Donald Trump has said that Walker would be "unstoppable" if he runs. Like a true Trumpian, Walker has been calling for prosecutions of voter fraud. But according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Mark Niesse, Walker's wife, Julie Blanchard, voted in Georgia in the 2020 election even though she is a Texas resident.
Niesse explains, "The absentee ballot cast by Julie Blanchard raises questions about whether she was allowed to vote in Georgia while living in Texas. It's illegal for nonresidents to vote in Georgia in most circumstances. Meanwhile, her husband was calling for prosecutions of voter fraud."
Play by the rules.....the American people demand ONLY LEGAL BALLOTS be counted. Anyone manipulating this election should be prosecuted.— Herschel Walker (@Herschel Walker) 1604507033.0
According to Niesse, "Election records show that Blanchard used her Atlanta address to return an absentee ballot, which she mailed in October from the couple's residence in Westlake, Texas. Blanchard also owns a home near Buckhead."
Buckhead is part of the Atlanta area.
During a phone interview with the AJC, Blanchard said, "If we're residents in both places, is that legally wrong? If you have multiple homes, you can't vote where you have a home?" And according to Niesse, Blanchard hung up the phone when asked follow-up questions.
If Walker does enter Georgia's 2022 GOP U.S. Senate primary, he would be competing with Gary Black, Kelvin King and Latham Saddler. And according to the AJC's Greg Bluestein, Black is already attacking Walker even though the football star hasn't officially entered the race.
On August 2, Bluestein reported, "The top Republican candidates for U.S. Senate in Georgia haven't laid a glove on Herschel Walker, the football icon edging toward a possible run for the office — until now. Agriculture Secretary Gary Black, the most prominent Republican in the race, released a digital ad on Monday mocking Walker's flirtation with entering the race from his home in Texas."
Black's attack ad, according to Bluestein, "pokes fun of a video posted on Walker's social media that showed him in front of a car with a suspended Georgia license plate while he boasts he's getting ready to 'run with the big dogs.'"
Black, in his ad, declares, "I'm ready. I've been ready. And Herschel, I already run with the big dogs. For fun, my ride's a tractor. And I've had Georgia plates all my life."
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