WATCH: Georgia voters lean towards Walker but split with Republicans over criticism of Warnock Church eviction

Georgia voters are broadly expressing support for Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker but breaking with him over criticism he has leveled at his opponent, incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock, over his church evicting tenants from apartments, that belong to her.

Fox News Digital spoke to a number of constituents around Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta this week, asking for their opinion on the state of the heated Senate race, as well as the news that the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Warnock serves as senior pastor , was vacating a string of tenants for just $25.88 in overdue rent while paying her pastor a handsome $7,417 monthly housing stipend.

“I think Warnock is out there, not qualified at all. I will definitely go for Herschel this year. I think he’s definitely qualified. And Warnock is kind of corrupt in my eyes, so definitely not a Warnock fan,” resident Guy Schwartzberg said.

He admitted he hadn’t heard much about the evictions, but responded with some hesitation to Walker’s offer to pay the arrears in rent from the evictions.

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Georgia GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker, left, and Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock.

Georgia GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker, left, and Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock.
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“I think it’s okay to help people, but at the same time I don’t think you should be paying for the whole building. I think there are other means to help more needy people, but I don’t think that’s the right way to go,” he said.

Gary Abrahamson told Fox it was “nice” of Walker to offer to pay him overdue rent but that it wasn’t a big political issue for him.

“I don’t think it’s a big deal. I mean, it’s not a big deal, but, you know, it’s a deal for both candidates.

“I think it’s two bad decisions, but with the way Congress and the Senate are right now, I think we need to have more balance. So, as bad as it is, I’d probably vote for Herschel Walker,” he said.

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Royce Brown echoed that sentiment, telling Fox that both contestants had been too negative about each other throughout the race. He didn’t share who he would be voting for, but argued that most of the negativity had come more from Warnock, who he was “not a fan of”.

“I think it was actually way too ugly on both sides, but more on Warnock’s side, just with his constant slamming … Herschel Walker in a really ugly way,” he said.

The Columbia MLK Towers apartments in Atlanta, Georgia, site of the reported evictions carried out by Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock's church.

The Columbia MLK Towers apartments in Atlanta, Georgia, site of the reported evictions carried out by Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock’s church.
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Brown said he hadn’t heard about the evictions but brushed aside the idea that any tenant who doesn’t pay their rent shouldn’t be evicted.

“If you don’t pay your rent, you’ll be thrown out. That’s how it works. I wouldn’t blame Warnock for throwing people out who don’t pay their bills. If I don’t pay my bills, they’ll, ‘They’ll come to evict me,'” he said.

“I’m not a fan of Warnock, but what he gets from the church is between him and the church… Whether you’re getting $7,000 or $700 a month, they still have their bills to pay. It’s not because he earns a decent salary from the church, which he should automatically pay for all the people who don’t pay their rent,” he added.

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However, Claire Sanford told Fox that she did not take Walker’s candidacy seriously and that the race was between someone who was “qualified for office” and someone who was “completely unqualified for office.”

“I think Senator Warnock has been in office before, he has some experience and he seems like a thoughtful person. And Herschel Walker is a former soccer player and I haven’t seen anything from him that looks like he’s very serious about racing before he got in, or serious about public service. So it seems more like a publicity stunt than anything,” she said.

Sanford explained that she had read about the evictions, but didn’t know much about it other than that it was a “he said, he said” thing.

Downtown Atlanta, Georgia skyline.

Downtown Atlanta, Georgia skyline.
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Fox News’ Power Rankings classified the race between Walker and Warnock as a toss-up.

The election will take place on Tuesday 8 November.

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