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Will possible illegal vote derail Herschel Walker’s U.S. Senate run?

Herschel Walker might be done running … again.

The ex-NFL star has been encouraged by former President Donald Trump to seek a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia.

There’s just one problem. Walker’s wife, Julie Blanchard, voted in the 2020 Presidential election in Georgia, even though the couple lives in Texas, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

The absentee ballot cast by Julie Blanchard raises questions about whether she was allowed to vote in Georgia while living in Texas. It’s illegal for nonresidents to vote in Georgia in most circumstances.

According to the report, Walker and his wife bought their Texas property in 2011. Per the AJC, “election records show that Blanchard used her Atlanta address to return an absentee ballot, which she mailed in October from the couple’s residence in Westlake, Texas.”

“If we’re residents in both places, is that legally wrong?” Blanchard said when reached by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday. “If you have multiple homes, you can’t vote where you have a home?”

Why does this matter? If Walker challenges Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock in 2022, one of the running back’s main themes is that voter fraud, abuse and irregularities cost Trump a victory in the 2020 general election. In November, the former NFL star tweeted:

Play by the rules…..the American people demand ONLY LEGAL BALLOTS be counted. Anyone manipulating this election should be prosecuted.

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It’s worth noting Trump’s relationship with Walker goes back more than 30 years.

Walker’s career as a pro football player began in 1983 when he signed with the New Jersey Generals in the USFL. In 1984, Trump bought the Generals. Walker played two seasons with Trump as his boss before heading to the Dallas Cowboys, who owned his NFL draft rights. The USFL folded in 1986 following its failed antitrust lawsuit vs. the NFL.

Walker played 12 seasons in the NFL, including three with the Philadelphia Eagles (1992-1994) and one with the New York Giants (1995). His trade from the Cowboys to the Minnesota Vikings in 1989 laid the groundwork for Dallas’ three Super Bowl victories in the 1990s.

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