Oct 11, 2022 - Politics & Policy

McConnell says GOP will "stick with" Walker in wake of abortion scandal

Photo of Herschel Walker speaking from a podium at a campaign stop

Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker speaks at a campaign event on Oct. 11 in Carrollton, Ga. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage via Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a CNN interview Tuesday that the Republican Party will "stick with" Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker amid fallout over allegations that he paid for an abortion.

Why it matters: GOP leaders including former President Trump have doubled down on their support for Walker since a woman came forward accusing the former football star — who believes abortion should be illegal, including in cases of rape and incest — of paying for her to get the procedure in 2009.

What he's saying: "I think we’re going to stick with Walker and all the effort we put in through SLF [Senate Leadership Fund], we’re going take it all the way to the end," McConnell told CNN when asked if he was concerned about the news reports, which Walker has denied. SLF is a Republican PAC with ties to McConnell.

  • "I talk to him fairly often," McConnell added. "I think they’re going to hang in there and scrap to the finish."

Worth noting: Republicans' path to the Senate majority depends largely on Walker's campaign. Walker had McConnell's backing in the primary election.

  • His race against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock is viewed as one of the GOP's best chances to pick up a Senate seat this November and win back control of the chamber, Axios' Herb Scribner notes.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to correct that Sen. Mitch McConnell is the Senate minority leader, not the House minority leader.

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