Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker responded to a new poll showing him four points behind Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock during an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday.
A poll sponsored by AARP, an interest group that focuses on issues affecting the over-50s, showed Warnock leading the Georgia Senate runoff with 51% support to 47. % for Walker.
The poll was conducted Nov. 11-17 among 1,183 likely voters in Georgia, which includes a representative sample of 500 likely voters statewide. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3% and showed Walker leading by nine points among voters over 50, while Warnock led by 24 points among those aged 18-49.
Fox News host Brian Kilmeade asked Walker if he felt he was four points behind, and he responded with a lengthy response that criticized the senator and called for donations.
“Well, no, I don’t think I lost four points,” Walker said. “Right now I feel like racing is even dead.”
Walker continued, “They’re trying to overspend me. I think they’re almost four to one against me. That’s why I encourage everyone to go to TeamHerschel.com. They’re trying to buy that seat, because Senator Warnock is very radical, you hear him talk about voting for him, but he voted, and people don’t know, he voted against religious freedoms.
“He voted against religious freedoms and he’s a man of the stuff. Right now they’re trying to spend me more on the media, they’re trying to spend me more to get the vote, but right now I’m tell people, ‘Help me walk with him,’ with the expenses, because I’ll get more votes than he gets,” Walker said.
“People say he’s a great actor and he is,” he said. “He’s a great actor. He’s not a good senator, and he’s not a good pastor either.”
Newsweek asked the Warnock campaign for comment.
A video clip of Walker’s response was shared on Twitter Wednesday by reporter Aaron Rupar and had been viewed more than 40,000 times by early Thursday morning.
Tom Nichols, writer with Atlantic, first highlighted the interview before Rupar retweeted his post and included the video of the Republican’s remarks.
Nichols tweeted“I swear to god Brian Kilmeade just asked Walker if he really felt like he was four points behind Warnock. I’m still waiting for Google Translate to explain what Walker actually answered, but Kilmeade said does its best to walk Walker through the rest.”
The polling average from poll tracker FiveThirtyEight shows Walker narrowly ahead with 47.8% to Warnock’s 46.8%. The second round of elections will take place on December 6.