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Politics Herschel Walker files for Georgia Senate race

09:10  05 september  2021
09:10  05 september  2021 Source:   politico.com

Fact check: Georgia candidate Herschel Walker is a serial promoter of false 2020 conspiracy theories

  Fact check: Georgia candidate Herschel Walker is a serial promoter of false 2020 conspiracy theories Republican former football star Herschel Walker announced this week that he is running for a US Senate seat in Georgia. © Butch Dill/AP In this July 16, 2019 file photo, Herschel Walker talks about 150 years of college football during the NCAA college football Southeastern Conference Media Day in Hoover, Alabama. Some senior Senate Republicans have expressed concerns that Walker's past words and actions threaten his chances to beat incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock. But Walker was urged to run by former President Donald Trump.

Former football standout Herschel Walker has officially filed to run for Senate in Georgia, adding a dose of star power to the Republican bench in one of the nation’s premier midterm races.

Herschel Walker looking at the camera: Herschel Walker last week changed his voter registration from Texas to Georgia ahead of officially launching his campaign. © Butch Dill/AP Photo Herschel Walker last week changed his voter registration from Texas to Georgia ahead of officially launching his campaign.

Walker, who plans to announce his candidacy Wednesday, enters a multi-candidate GOP primary for the right to take on Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock with two crucial advantages the others can’t match: high poll numbers and the full-throated endorsement of former President Donald Trump, who repeatedly urged him to run.

Herschel Walker passes his first test in Georgia's Senate race

  Herschel Walker passes his first test in Georgia's Senate race Football legend Herschel Walker may be a political newcomer, but he has passed his first test in the Georgia Senate race: refusing to turn the 2022 midterm elections into a Republican civil war. © Provided by Washington Examiner Walker refused to jump on board the effort to defeat Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in the GOP primary after Kemp drew the ire of former President Donald Trump and his allies for not trying to rig the Georgia election in his favor.

“He would be unstoppable, just like he was when he played for the Georgia Bulldogs, and in the NFL,” Trump said in a written statement earlier this year about Walker. “He is also a GREAT person. Run Herschel, run!”

With endorsements like that and a famed football career behind him, Walker instantly becomes the highest-profile Republican seeking to unseat Warnock, who became the first African American from Georgia to serve in the Senate when he won a special election in January. If Walker clears the primary, it would set up a rare matchup between two Black major-party candidates.

Walker’s campaign declined to comment about his forthcoming announcement, but Federal Election Commission paperwork establishing his candidacy and organization was filed Tuesday — capping months of interviewing potential campaign advisers and political pros, including Trump adviser Susie Wiles and Scott Farmer, an adviser to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a close Trump ally.

Trump predicts Herschel Walker will be an 'even better' senator in endorsement

  Trump predicts Herschel Walker will be an 'even better' senator in endorsement Former President Donald Trump threw his support behind former college football star Herschel Walker, endorsing his longtime friend and political novice in the 2022 race for Senate in Georgia. © Provided by Washington Examiner Trump, who publicly urged Walker to run months before he announced his bid, called the former University of Georgia running back "a patriot and an outstanding American" in extending his "complete and total endorsement." "He embodies 'America First' and the winning spirit of Georgia," Trump said in a statement Thursday.

Though he has the backing of Trump and favorable poll numbers, Republicans close to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have privately expressed concerns about whether Walker is ready for the intense pressure of a campaign that could decide control of the chamber.


Video: Herschel Walker opens up about a possible Senate run (FOX News)

The National Republican Senatorial Committee welcomed Walker’s candidacy in a written statement that still left a small window of doubt about whether he’s actually running, a sign that the candidate and the party's official Senate campaign arm aren’t working in sync and reflected NRSC chair Rick Scott's position that the committee won't take sides in open primaries.

“Herschel Walker is a great American and a great Republican,” the statement said. “If he runs, he will join a strong group of Republican candidates and be a formidable candidate. Georgia Republicans will have a spirited primary. We’re confident that whoever wins the primary will be well-positioned to beat Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders’ favorite Democrat, Raphael Warnock.”

Trump endorses Walker as report reveals stalking allegation

  Trump endorses Walker as report reveals stalking allegation Former President Donald Trump officially endorsed Herschel Walker to take on Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in next year's Georgia Senate race, releasing a Thursday evening statement. 'Herschel Walker is a friend, a Patriot, and an outstanding American who is going to be a GREAT United States Senator,' Trump said, adding that Walker 'will never let you down.' About 30 minutes later, however, CNN was out with a new story on a third woman accusing the ex-football star with stalking her, after his ex-wife and an ex-girlfriend said he had threatened them in the past.

Walker was accused by his ex-wife of being “physically abusive” and displaying “extremely threatening behavior.” According to the Associated Press, Walker has also exaggerated the success of his chicken distribution business, Renaissance Man Food Services, and clashed with business partners. Walker openly discussed his mental health challenges by penning a 2008 book, “Breaking Free,” in which he disclosed he had multiple personalities that he was able to overcome due to therapy and his Christian faith.

“He’s a dynamic guy, really charismatic,” said one Georgia Republican who met with Walker and discussed his potential campaign before deciding it wasn’t the right fit. “There are lots of questions about his past. He doesn’t want to really talk about it, and I’m not sure he knows that he’s going to have to talk about it anyway.”

Meanwhile, state elections officials earlier this month began investigating Walker’s current wife, Julie Blanchard, for voting in Georgia’s 2020 elections even though her residency appeared to be in Texas, where the two have lived for years, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Blanchard, Walker’s gatekeeper and top adviser, told the publication that she feels she’s a lawful Georgia resident because she owns a business in the state and holds a Georgia driver's license.

Walker last week changed his voter registration from Texas to Georgia ahead of officially launching his campaign.

Trump’s leadership PAC polled the Georgia Senate race earlier this month and found that Walker pulled 54 percent of likely Republican primary voters and was well ahead of the other candidates including state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, former Trump campaign surrogate Kelvin King and former Navy SEAL and Trump administration official Latham Saddler.

The poll showed that Walker’s support jumped to 67 percent if voters were informed he had Trump’s endorsement. Other polls show Walker, at this stage, comes close to tying Warnock in a theoretical general-election matchup.

Will Herschel Walker unite Georgia voters? .
Everyone in the state of Georgia has seen, either firsthand or on a highlight reel, Herschel Walker carrying the football for the University of Georgia. No one, even a Georgia Tech alumnus such as myself, can question the three-time All-American and Heisman Trophy winner’s athletic successes. © Provided by Washington Examiner Now Walker is entering the political arena as a candidate for the U.S. Senate. From one former professional athlete to another, welcome to your new playing field. Walker’s campaign is another example of America’s greatness. People from all walks of life can get involved with public service.

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