“Saturday Night Live” this weekend analyzed the surging poll results of Republican candidates with “no political experience” in key states ahead of the Nov. 8 election.

The nightly show was opened by PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff (Heidi Gardner), who spoke with political upstarts Herschel Walker (Kenan Thompson), Dr. Mehmet Oz (Mikey Day) and Kari Lake (Cecile Strong).

“Hi Judah, my name is Herschel Walker, Texas Ranger, and I’m running for president of United Airlines,” Thompson said as Georgia Senate candidate Woodruff Gardner at the start of the sketch. Thompson’s frequent impression of the former NFL player is usually that he speaks incoherently.

When Woodruff asked him why millions of Georgians would vote for him even though two women claim he paid for their abortions and his ex-wife says he once held her at gunpoint, he replied, “Gas.”

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PBS’ Newshour’s Heidi Gardner as Judy Woodruff, left, Kenan Thompson as Herschel Walker, top right, Mikey Day as Dr. Mehmet Oz, center right, and Cally Strong as Kara Lake at Saturday’s cold open.
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After she asked him to clarify, he said, “I’m having fun. Look, if you want to get on the jumbotron at a Falcons game, don’t throw on a cardigan and start making sense. You take off your shirt and shake your stomach. This is what I do and people love me no matter what. As the great Donald Trump said, “I can pay for an abortion in the middle of Fifth Avenue and not lose votes.”

Recent polls have shown Walker leading or ahead of incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock.

Republican senator candidate Herschel Walker of Georgia holds a campaign rally on October 27, 2022 in Cumming, Georgia.

Republican senator candidate Herschel Walker of Georgia holds a campaign rally on October 27, 2022 in Cumming, Georgia.
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Gardner’s Woodruff then turned to Oz, who was working overtime on his Pennsylvania credentials, telling her, “My Pennsylvania Phillies are in the World Series,” while wearing a Phillies hat with the tag still attached. “And I just had a delicious Philly cheese and steak.”

The Senate candidate, a retired doctor who was criticized for giving medical advice on his TV show, later started using a dubious but “miracle” drug that he says will make users lose 30 pounds in one day.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump, left, hugs Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, whom he has endorsed, during a campaign rally featuring former U.S. President Donald Trump at Legacy Sports USA on October 9, 2022 in Mesa, Arizona.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump, left, hugs Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, whom he has endorsed, during a campaign rally featuring former U.S. President Donald Trump at Legacy Sports USA on October 9, 2022 in Mesa, Arizona.
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He added that he was surprised by his surge ahead of Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, saying he always knew he would win if he was “honest,” “fair” and if his opponent had a “debilitating medical emergency.” Fetterman is recovering from a stroke he suffered earlier this year.

Strong, returning to the show after hiatus, played Lake, who told Woodruff, “It’s good to be with you in your sweet little show of lies.”

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Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz debates his Democratic opponent John Fetterman on October 25, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz debates his Democratic opponent John Fetterman on October 25, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
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Strongs Lake said she is ahead of Arizona Secretary of State Kathy Hobbs because she is “normal” and because she “just tapped a lot of wonderful, scared seniors here in Arizona, Florida West.”

She said she was also a “fighter,” explaining that she had “turned over 2,000 salads” in restaurants in her lifetime, “and I’m not afraid to do the same with democracy.”

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She later added that if elected, she would make sure Arizonans “never have to vote again.”

The show was hosted by rapper Jack Harlow, who was also the musical guest.

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