Gingrich backs Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate race

Gingrich backs Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate race

Former House Speaker Newt GingrichNewton (Newt) Leroy GingrichMORE threw his support behind Herschel Walker in the GOP primary to take on Sen. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockBiden approval rating drops to 34 percent in Georgia: poll Warnock outraises Walker in Georgia Senate race Herschel Walker reports .4M raised in latest quarter for Senate bid MORE (D-Ga.) in Georgia next year, becoming the latest conservative heavyweight to back the former football star.

“I am proudly endorsing Herschel Walker to be the next United States Senator from the great state of Georgia,” Gingrich, who represented Georgia’s 6th Congressional District in the House for 20 years, said in a statement. 

“We need more people like Herschel in Washington – hardworking, genuinely good people with a proven track record of success. Herschel is a legend in my home state of Georgia, and it’s not just because of his tremendous success on the football field. He is a businessman, a philanthropist, a community leader, and will make Georgia proud as our next United States Senator.”

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Since announcing his Senate campaign in August, Walker has quickly emerged as the frontrunner for the GOP nomination. Former President TrumpDonald TrumpMark Walker to stay in North Carolina Senate race Judge lays out schedule for Eastman to speed up records processing for Jan. 6 panel Michael Avenatti cross-examines Stormy Daniels in his own fraud trial MORE urged him for months to get into the race, and top Republicans in Washington, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell: I'm going to give Biden's Supreme Court nominee 'a fair look' Progressive millionaire group backs Cisneros, McBath in first public endorsements Clyburn calls for full-court press on voting rights MORE (R-Ky.) and Minority Whip John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneMcConnell aims to sidestep GOP drama over Trump There is a bipartisan path forward on election and voter protections Juan Williams: It's Trump vs. McConnell for the GOP's future MORE (R-S.D.), have endorsed him.

Walker is up against three other Republicans in the 2022 primary, including state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. 

The Senate race in Georgia is among the closest-watched of the 2022 midterm elections, seen as crucial to the GOP’s efforts to recapture control of the upper chamber.

Democrats gained control of both of the state’s Senate seats in January after Warnock and Sen. Jon OssoffJon OssoffBiden approval rating drops to 34 percent in Georgia: poll Perdue tests positive for COVID-19, campaign says Missouri Senate candidate says Congress members should go to jail if guilty of insider trading MORE (D) narrowly won a pair of runoff elections. Those victories came just two months after President BidenJoe BidenCourt nixes offshore drilling leases auctioned by Biden administration Laquan McDonald's family pushes for federal charges against officer ahead of early release Biden speaks with Ukrainian president amid Russian threat MORE became the first Democratic White House hopeful to carry the state in nearly three decades.

While Ossoff won’t face reelection until 2026, Warnock is seen as perhaps the most vulnerable target for Senate Republicans next year.