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Herschel Walker stiff-arms ‘October surprise’: Senate race ‘too important for me to give up’

Georgia Republican Senate hopeful Herschel Walker declared that he would not back down as a woman who claims she is the mother of one of his children came out with new allegations that she had to pressure him to pay for an abortion he wanted.

The woman, speaking with the Washington Post, said she was unable to afford the abortion she had in 2009 when they were dating, so she had to press him to pay her. Walker (who, after initially denying it, now says he knows the identity of the woman) insists he never knew about an abortion until her allegations were published in the media last week. He brushed her renewed accusations off, saying the “October surprise” in the weeks leading up to the election won’t faze him.

“I know nothing about an abortion,” Walker told ABC News. “I knew it was a lie and I said it was a lie — and I just move on. … It’s sad that people say October surprise, but you’re destroying families.”

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“This race is too important for me to give up or for me to stop. So, October surprise is not going to faze me,” he added.

The accusations have stayed in the headlines, however, as the woman adds more and more details to the accusation. Her latest claim is that she had to haggle with him to pay for the abortion despite him urging her to go through with it.

“When I talked to him, I said, ‘You need to send — I can’t afford to pay for this,'” the woman told the Washington Post. “We did this, too. Both of us did this. We both know how babies are made.”

The outlet said it saw the receipts of the transaction, including a $700 check with Walker’s name and address mailed to her a week after.

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Walker, a former football star, is running to unseat Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA), who faces allegations of his own from his ex-wife about using a vehicle to run over her foot during a domestic dispute. Warnock and Walker have been locked in a competitive race that could determine the balance of power in the Senate.

Several major GOP figures continue to voice their support for Walker, who has fashioned himself as an anti-abortion candidate, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

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