Georgia Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker faced renewed and mounting questions about his whereabouts in the final week of the runoff. During a campaign speech in January, he described himself as living in Texas and said he decided to run for the Georgia Senate seat while in Texas “Home,” according to a KFile review by CNN of his campaign speeches.
Georgia Democrats have called for an investigation into Walker’s residence by state officials after CNN’s KFile reported last week that Walker received a primary residence tax break in Texas, which may violate Texas tax laws and some rules for determining residency in Texas Georgia for electoral purposes and run for office.
“I live in Texas,” Walker said in January of this year while speaking to Republicans at the University of Georgia College. Walker criticized Democrats for not visiting the border when he made those comments. “I drove to the border every now and then,” he said.
At the beginning of the speech, Walker said he decided to run for the Georgia Senate seat from his home in Texas after seeing the country divided.
“Everyone asks me, ‘Why did I decide to run for a Senate seat? Because to be honest, I never thought I would do something like this in my life,” Walker said. “And that’s the honest truth. When I was sitting in my house in Texas, I was sitting in my house in Texas and I saw what was going on in this country. I saw what was going on in this country and how they tried to divide people.”
The Georgia Republican faces a December 6 runoff against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock. Walker and his campaign team have not yet commented to CNN or others on coverage of the tax break or questions about his residency.
On Monday, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported that a complaint asked Georgia authorities to investigate Walker’s residence. Georgia Democrats issued a statement calling for an immediate investigation into Walker’s residence, and Congresswoman Nikema Williams, the leader of the Georgia Democratic Party, also called on authorities to investigate whether Walker lied about his residence in Georgia.
“The Georgia Bureau of Investigations and the Georgia Attorney General’s Office must immediately investigate whether Herschel Walker lied about being a Georgia resident,” Williams said.
A CNN KFile review of some of Walker’s media appearances and events from 2021 and 2022 reveals that Walker appeared on Fox News and other conservative media outlets at least four times from his home in Texas after announcing his candidacy for the Georgia Senate seat.
The interviews at his home in Texas took place twice in September 2021 and in February and March 2022.
Prior to the announcement, all of Walker’s media appearances on Fox News and other conservative media outlets, about 20 in all, were in Texas.
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