ATLANTA — Herschel Walker, Republican candidate for Senate in Georgia has been granted a tax exemption Texas The home you want for The state’s primary residents, despite them not living or running the state at the moment. for office in Georgia.

Public tax records first reported by CNN It is estimated that Mr. Walker will get a homestead exemption of approximately $1,500 in this year. for His home in Dallas, where he declared his primary residence. He received tax relief for According to an official, his residence has been his since 2012. in the tax appraisal office of Tarrant County, where Mr. Walker’s home is located.

Senate candidates are required by the Constitution to live in their home. in Only once they have been elected, will they be able to represent the state that they live in. To establish residency in Georgia, candidates must fulfill a few requirements. in The state before they submit their bids for office. Mr. Walker’s tax exemption in Texas It is believed that his primary residence is outside of Georgia.

A spokesperson for Mr. Walker’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

The following is an extract from the Texas comptroller, Mr. Walker’s use of the tax exemption while running in Georgia is legal The comptroller’s website states You may still qualify for the tax deduction even if you have moved away temporarily. “you do not establish a principal residence elsewhere, you intend to return to the home, and you are away less than two years.”

Mr. Walker was born in in Georgia was a phenom for the University of Georgia’s football team, has made his roots a centerpiece of his campaign. His decisive victory in the primary in May and the support of Republican voters were driven in His stardom was a major part of his success in The state. He will be facing Senator Raphael Warnock who is a Democrat. in After neither candidate had reached the required 50 percent threshold to win, there was a runoff election Dec. 6. in Georgia, Nov.

It is not the first time that Walker has been asked about his residency. Before he announced his Senate campaign in 2021, Mr. Walker lived in Texas for It has been around for more than twenty years. He registered to vote in Georgia in August 2021He had just days to declare his candidacy.

Andra Gillespie, an associate professor of political science at Emory University, said that Mr. Walker’s tax exemption was unlikely to endanger his qualification for office, or turn off the Republicans that backed him in The general election. She added, however, that in the final weeks of his runoff campaign against Mr. Warnock, the information could add more fodder to Democrats’ argument that Mr. Walker moved back to the state solely for His political career.

“Herschel Walker was never making the claim that he was a recent resident of Georgia — he was a native-son candidate,” She spoke. “If the Democrats can mobilize some additional people based on these allegations, then they will use it that way.”

Alyce McFadden Contributed reporting