Five Senate races to watch: Raphael Warnock vs Herschel Walker in Georgia

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The Georgia Senate race has emerged as one of the most compelling, with a series of dramatic allegations dogging the Republican challenger, a former football star, as he seeks to unseat the incumbent, a Baptist pastor.

Former football star Herschel Walker was an avid reader in his youth and initially showed little interest in sports, according to Pro Football History. But all that changed in high school when he began to tap into his potential as a formidable athlete, earning the attention of college recruiters nationwide. As a football sensation at the University of Georgia, Walker broke records and in 1982 won the Heisman Trophy, awarded annually to the country’s top college player.

Walker left the University of Georgia after his junior season to play football professionally, including for the Dallas Cowboys and the NY Giants. He retired after the 1997 football season.

Following his illustrious football career, Walker founded two businesses in the food services industry, including opening an eponymous restaurant in Athens, Georgia, before eventually turning his attention to politics.

But his debut campaign has been hit with a series of troubling allegations.

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