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Herschel Walker gathers with supporters at a campaign stop in Newnan, Georgia on Friday.
Herschel Walker gathers with supporters at a campaign stop in Newnan, Georgia on Friday. Dustin Chambers/Reuters

Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker made his closing argument in a hard-fought race, telling supporters on Friday he’s engaged in a “spiritual battle” — but that he’s ready as Election Day approaches.

At a rally on a sunny morning in Newnan, Georgia, Walker largely stuck to his campaign staples throughout his speech, beginning with his personal biography of growing up in Wrightsville, detailing a speech impediment as a child, and discussing his faith.

Walker again worked to link his opponent, Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, to President Joe Biden.

“You hear, our President is going to say just the other day that the biggest threat to democracy is getting someone elected to the Republican Party. This man is so confused, isn’t he? He’s confused because he’s the biggest threat to democracy being in the White House. The greatest threat to democracy is Senator Warnock’s four votes against the Keystone pipeline. That means we’ve given all our energy to our enemies, and they don’t know the definition of enemy, do they? ?” Walker said.

Cyndi Flanagan, a Senoia resident, said she was attending the rally to support Walker.

“Everyone has an ex in their life and that is their past and we are looking for a future and Warnock is not supporting our future. Herschel Walker does,” Flanagan said of allegations that Walker paid for abortions of previous partners despite his own hard-line position on the issue.

Voter Joe Stancil added: “Sure, he’s done a lot of things in the past that might have been questionable; we all have a past.”

Newnan’s Dot Moody said she was motivated to vote for Walker “because I want normality back”.

“In two years our lives have changed and I just want things to be the way they were. I want to undo what Biden has done since day one,” she said.

Silbia Tubbs said she chose Walker out of concerns about crime and inflation.

“I got to the supermarket [spend] $100 and I’m like, ‘What did I buy?'” said Tubbs, who described herself as an independent voter whose primary concerns were about God, family and country.

“The Biden agenda brought this country down,” she said, pointing to the ground. “Our children, I am very concerned about what they will learn at school. My little grandson will be told, ‘Maybe you’re a boy, maybe you’re a girl,'” she said. “To me, it’s absolutely cruel.”

Small business owner Nina Blackwelder said she was happy to support Walker because of his position on economic policy. Blackwelder owns Triple Barreled Outfitters, a gun shop in Peachtree City.

“We’ve seen some downturns in the current economy, so we’re excited to see what the possibilities are in Republican leadership and if there’s a way to turn some things around for us and others,” said Blackwelder, the 2019 local candidate.

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