Barack Obama to stump for Raphael Warnock

Former President Barack Obama will visit Atlanta on Friday to campaign for U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock as he faces a tough re-election battle against former NFL star Herschel Walker.

The event is part of a three-stop tour in Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia less than two weeks from Election Day meant to provide a boost to Democratic candidates in tight swing state races this cycle, according to Axios.

The Georgia stop may also lend a hand to Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who is challenging Republican incumbent Brian Kemp and trails in the polls.

Warnock’s race is polling tighter, with his Republican challenger facing mounting scandals. Walker has now been accused by a second woman of encouraging and paying for an abortion. The second woman, who like the first has not been identified by name, claims Walker paid for her abortion in 1993. The first woman’s abortion reportedly occurred in 2009. Walker has been vocally anti-abortion, favoring abortion bans without exceptions for rape or incest. He denies both allegations.

“I’m done with all this foolishness. This is all a lie, and I will not entertain any of it,” Walker said in a statement, according to The Associated Press, adding sarcastically, “I also did not kill JFK.”

Yet despite a barrage of negative headlines, including accusations that he threatened his ex-wife’s life, exaggerated claims of financial and business success, false claims of serving as a sworn law enforcement officer and overstating his role in a for-profit program that allegedly prays on veterans and service members, according to The AP.

Obama’s tour also includes a stop in Detroit to rally for Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist on Saturday and in Milwaukee on later Saturday to campaign for Wisconsin Lieutenant Gov. Mandela Barnes, Attorney General Josh Kaul and U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore. Moore is the only of the candidates who is not facing a tough re-election battle.


Content from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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