Trump says Herschel Walker will enter Georgia Senate race

Former President Trump said Tuesday that former NFL player Herschel Walker told him he plans to make a run for the Senate next year.

“He told me he’s going to, and I think he will,” Trump said on the “Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show” while discussing Walker running for a Georgia Senate seat. 

“I had dinner with him a week ago. He’s a great guy. He’s a patriot. He’s a very loyal person,” Trump added.

Trump first encouraged Walker months ago to mount a challenge to Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) in 2022. Walker has entertained the idea but has yet to announce a firm decision on a Senate campaign. 

If he ultimately jumps into the race, Walker would enter the Republican primary as the presumed front-runner given his broad name recognition and likely endorsement from Trump, who remains deeply influential among GOP voters nationwide. 

Three other Georgia Republicans have already announced plans to take on Warnock next year, including state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and two military veterans, Latham Saddler and Kelvin King. Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) has also said that he will run for Senate but only if Walker decides not to.

Former Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), who lost to Warnock in a runoff election earlier this year, is also said to be eyeing a possible rematch against the Georgia Democrat. 

The Senate race in Georgia is expected to be among the most competitive of the 2022 midterm cycle. Warnock and Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) narrowly won a pair of runoff elections in January, and President Biden carried the state in November. But Georgia remains a tough battleground, and Republicans are eager to take back at least one of the state’s two Senate seats.

Tags 2022 midterm elections Buddy Carter Donald Trump Georgia politics Georgia Senate race Herschel Walker Joe Biden Jon Ossoff Kelly Loeffler Raphael Warnock

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