Herschel Walker says, "I live in Texas"

Ash Jurberg

"I live in Texas. I went down to the border off and on sometimes," Herschel Walker

Those words above were spoken by Herschel Walker, the Republican Senate candidate for next week's runoff election in Georgia. And they may come back to haunt him as controversy continues over where Walker actually resides.

Tax records reported by CNN have shown that Walker is receiving a tax exemption on a home in Texas. The tax exemption is meant for primary residents of the state, but Walker is currently running for office in Georgia.

Walker has a house in Dallas and has received a homestead tax exemption for the home since 2012.

Under Texas law, if a homeowner moves out of the state, the resident can still receive the exemption only if they don't establish "principal residence" elsewhere and plan to return to Texas within two years. Andrew Kaczynski, CNN reporter

Living in Texas could also mean that Walker is breaking Georgia's rules.

According to the New York Times, "under the Constitution, Senate candidates are required to reside in the state they will represent only once they are elected. In Georgia, candidates must meet a handful of stipulations to establish residency in the state before filing their bids for office. Mr. Walker's tax exemption in Texas suggests that his primary residence remains outside Georgia."

"Everyone asks me why did I decide to run for a Senate seat? Because to be honest with you, this is never something I ever, ever, ever thought in my life I’d ever do. And that’s the honest truth. As I was sitting in my home in Texas, I was sitting in my home in Texas, and I was seeing what was going on in this country. I was seeing what was going on in this country with how they were trying to divide people." Herschel Walker

A complaint had been filed with the state attorney general's office asking for an investigation into whether Walker violated Georgia law by claiming this tax exemption. 

While Walker continues to be questioned over where he lives, his opponent Raphael Warnock has received assistance from Texas this week. Beto O'Rourke, having failed in his bid for Texas Governor, has turned his hand to help raise funds for Warnock in the Senate race.

Your thoughts

Should Herschel Walker repay the tax break he has received from Texas? Do you think he should still be able to run for Senate in Georgia? Will this controversy affect his chances of winning? Are you glad to see Beto raise funds for the Democrat candidate?

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