Herschel Walker Claims 'I'm A Resident Of Georgia' After Audio Of Him Admitting He Lives In Texas Resurfaces
Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker is once again facing questions about his residency in the Peach State and has had to address his past admission he "lives in Texas."
In the last week of his runoff campaign against the incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock, an audio recording emerged of Walker describing himself during a campaign speech in January as living in Texas and deciding to run for Georgia’s Senate seat while at his Texas "home."
According to CNN, which reviewed the recording, Walker gave at least four interviews about his Georgia run from his Texas home.
You can hear Walker's admission in the video below.
\u201cAs first reported by @CNN, earlier this year Herschel Walker said he lives in Texas: "I was sitting in my home in Texas, and ... I was seeing what was going on in this country with how they were trying to divide people ... I live in Texas ... I went down to the border."\u201d— Heartland Signal (@Heartland Signal) 1669758103
During a January campaign event in which he spoke to University of Georgia College Republicans, Walker said:
“Everyone asks me, why did I decide to run for a Senate seat? Because to be honest with you, this is never something I ever, ever, ever thought in my life I’d ever do. And that’s the honest truth."
“As I was sitting in my home in Texas, I was sitting in my home in Texas, and I was seeing what was going on in this country. I was seeing what was going on in this country with how they were trying to divide people.”
"I live in Texas. I went down to the border off and on sometimes. Why do our elected officials go down to the border for like an hour to give a soundbite?"
The revelation has also increased attention on a separate controversy regarding a homestead exemption tax break the Walker family received.
Shortly after Walker declared his candidacy in August 2021, news outlets reported that Walker's wife, Julie Blanchard, voted in Georgia's election in 2020 despite the fact they live in Texas. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution broke the story, which noted that under most circumstances, it is illegal for non-residents to vote in Georgia.
According to election records, Blanchard listed her Atlanta address on her absentee ballot mailed in October 2020 from the couple's Westlake, Texas, home. However, Georgia state law makes clear that residency is based on where a voter's "habitation is fixed," and that those who move out of state lose their eligibility to vote there.
The couple received a homestead exemption on their property taxes after purchasing their Texas property in 2011; Blanchard did not claim a homestead exemption on her Fulton County, Georgia property in 2020.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported this week that state investigators had received a legal complaint urging them to "probe whether … Walker violated the law by receiving a tax break on his Texas home meant for primary residents of that state even as he runs for federal office in Georgia."
The news has prompted Warnock himself to question Walker's capacity to lead.
\u201cHow can Herschel Walker represent Georgians when he doesn't even claim our great state as his primary residence? https://t.co/UR6ezwUYm4\u201d— Reverend Raphael Warnock (@Reverend Raphael Warnock) 1669229972
The reemergence of Walker's residency and homestead exemption controversies have exposed him to renewed criticism online.
\u201cIf Herschel Walker can run for Senate in Georgia while living in Texas, does this mean I can vote for Warnock while living in Massachusetts?\u201d— GalenMicheal (@GalenMicheal) 1669771297
\u201cAfter Raphael Warnock beats Herschel Walker in the Ga runoff I suggest Herschel moves back to Texas and challenges Ted Cruz in 2025.\u201d— 888 Good Troubles (@888 Good Troubles) 1669864865
\u201cDoes Herschel Walker have a Texas driver's license or a Georgia driver's license?\u201d— MeidasTouch (@MeidasTouch) 1669848406
\u201cIf Herschel Walker lives in Georgia but claimed homestead in Texas, that\u2019s tax fraud.\n\nIf he lives in Texas but is registered to vote in Georgia (he is, registered in 2021), that\u2019s voter fraud.\n\nHe definitely committed one of these crimes, so which is it?\u201d— Farron Cousins (@Farron Cousins) 1669676070
\u201cHerschel Walker claims his Texas home is his primary residence, even though he\u2019s running for Senate in Georgia. It\u2019s all explained in his new show:\u201d— The Late Show (@The Late Show) 1669696934
\u201cHerschel Walker can see Georgia from his backyard. At home. In Texas.\u201d— Nick Walden Poublon (@Nick Walden Poublon) 1669884498
\u201cDr. Oz didn't live in Pennsylvania - he lives in New Jersey. Dr. Oz lost.\n\nHerschel Walker doesn't live in Georgia - he lives in Texas. Herschel Walker is going to lose.\u201d— Tristan Snell (@Tristan Snell) 1669241513
\u201cBREAKING: Herschel Walker claimed on financial documents that he\u2019s a resident of Texas, not Georgia. So he\u2019s apparently commiting tax fraud, election fraud - or maybe both. \ud83d\ude02\ud83e\udd23 https://t.co/8t3ydSIJcw\u201d— Eric Garland (@Eric Garland) 1669238326
Walker will face Warnock in a runoff next Tuesday. Although Democrats have already secured control of the Senate following last month's midterm elections, the contest will decide whether Democrats will enjoy a true majority rather than a 50-50 split that would require Vice President Kamala Harris to serve as the tiebreaker on proposed legislation.
In Georgia, a runoff election is required within four weeks of a federal election if no candidate wins over 50 percent of the vote. Last month, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger confirmed there would be a runoff after it became clear that neither candidate had secured an outright majority.
Walker has insisted that the scandal "doesn't hurt me at all" and resisted suggestions that he is a carpetbagger, telling Fox News that the renewed attention on his Texas residency "tells you how desperate Raphael Warnock is right now."
Walker—a former pro football player with no political experience—told the news outlet that he is "more Georgia" than Warnock, adding that everyone in the state knows "that I'm Georgia born, Georgia bred, and when I die, I'll be Georgia dead."