Former President Donald Trump released a statement offering his official endorsement of NFL great Herschel Walker as Republican Senate candidate in Georgia as conservatives seek to regain power in the Senate during the 2022 midterm elections.
“Herschel Walker is a friend, a Patriot, and an outstanding American who is going to be a GREAT United States Senator. He embodies ‘America First’ and the winning spirit of Georgia,” Trump said in a statement on Thursday.
“Herschel is tough on Crime and Borders, and he will always stand in support of Law Enforcement, Military, and our Vets. He will fight hard for our Second Amendment and Vote Integrity. Herschel Walker will never let you down. He was a great football player and will be an even better U.S. Senator–if that is even possible. He has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”
From Running Back to Running for Senate
“THANK YOU to my friend President Trump for your support and encouragement! Together, we will win back the U.S. Senate for GEORGIA!!” Walker tweeted alongside the Trump statement.
— Herschel Walker (@HerschelWalker) September 2, 2021
Walker was a legendary running back at the University of Georgia before launching his well-known NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys.
Flipping the Senate
Walker had hinted at a run for Senate for several months, launching his campaign in August.
“I am just a kid from Wrightsville, Georgia, who has lived the American Dream. Now, I’m running as a Republican for the United States Senate to keep that dream alive for everybody,” Walker tweeted when he announced his campaign last month.
I am just a kid from Wrightsville, Georgia, who has lived the American Dream. Now, I’m running as a Republican for the United States Senate to keep that dream alive for everybody. To join the fight, visit https://t.co/J4UbhIPvuU pic.twitter.com/e1ZX5PHdVY
— Herschel Walker (@HerschelWalker) August 25, 2021
“This race isn’t about Liberal vs Conservative. It’s not about black vs white, or rich vs poor; it’s about doing what’s right,” Walker tweeted last week.
This race isn’t about Liberal vs Conservative. It’s not about black vs white, or rich vs poor; it’s about doing what’s right. Y’all know I don’t start anything without finishing it — and I plan on winning this race for ALL of Georgia. Are you with me? >> https://t.co/3dbsiDDHjw pic.twitter.com/JWobX3JxTn
— Team Herschel (@TeamHerschel) August 27, 2021
With Trump’s full endorsement, Walker will face a strong battle with Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in 2022 as Republicans seeks to win back control after losing power in 2021 following Georgia’s Senate run off election.