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Rick Scott, Tom Cotton to rally in Ga. for embattled Herschel Walker

The Republican senators will travel Tuesday to show their support for the GOP senatorial candidate in Georgia

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla) leaves the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 27 after a cloture vote on debate of a continuing resolution to fund the government. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Rick Scott (Fla.) will travel to Georgia on Tuesday to demonstrate support for Herschel Walker, days after news reports in which a former girlfriend accused the Senate candidate of paying for one abortion and urging a second.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is also making the trip, as the party continues to treat the Georgia contest as a marquee race that could help determine control of the Senate in 2023.

“The Democrats want to destroy this country, and they will destroy anyone who gets in their way. Today, it’s Herschel Walker, but tomorrow it’s the American people,” Scott said in a statement to The Washington Post announcing his trip. “I’m on Herschel’s team — they picked the wrong Georgian to mess with. I’m proud to stand with Herschel Walker and make sure Georgians know that he will always fight to protect them from the forces trying to destroy Georgia values.”

The mother of one of Walker’s children has said he ended a relationship with her in 2011 after she refused to have an abortion as she had done two years earlier, according to an account in the New York Times published Friday. The same woman previously told the Daily Beast that Walker paid for the first abortion, the report said. The Daily Beast reported on the woman’s account on Monday.

In a brief interview Saturday, the woman told The Post that those reports accurately described her experiences, speaking on condition of anonymity to protect her privacy and that of her child. The Post also reviewed a copy of a $700 check the woman says Walker wrote to reimburse her for the cost of the abortion. The check did not include a memo line with a stated purpose. It was deposited days after the date the woman said she had the abortion.

Walker — who is running for office on a platform that opposes abortion in all cases, without exceptions for rape or incest — has denied that he paid for an abortion or knew about it at the time. In an interview with NBC News published Friday night, Walker said he had only that day learned who specifically was accusing him of paying for an abortion, after his wife exchanged text messages with the woman.

Cotton spokeswoman Caroline Tabler said the senator also wants to show his support for Walker. “He believes Herschel will be a champion for Georgia who will vote to keep violent criminals in jail, for lower gas prices, and to stop Joe Biden’s inflationary policies,” she said.

Republicans have shown no signs of backing away from the race, with multiple staffers from the NRSC planning to travel to the state in the coming weeks. Part of a recent cut in NRSC advertising spending in the New Hampshire Senate race, which was announced Friday, is expected to be reallocated to Georgia, according to a person familiar with the plans, who requested anonymity to describe strategy.

Walker and Sen. Raphael G. Warnock (D-Ga.) are scheduled to meet Friday for their first televised debate.

The 2022 Midterm Elections

Georgia runoff election: Sen. Raphael G. Warnock (D) won re-election in the Georgia Senate runoff, defeating Republican challenger Herschel Walker and giving Democrats a 51st seat in the Senate for the 118th Congress. Get live updates here and runoff results by county.

Divided government: Republicans narrowly won back control of the House, while Democrats will keep control of the Senate, creating a split Congress.

What the results mean for 2024: A Republican Party red wave seems to be a ripple after Republicans fell short in the Senate and narrowly won control in the House. Donald Trump announced his 2024 presidential campaign shortly after the midterms. Here are the top 10 2024 presidential candidates for the Republicans and Democrats.