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Trump Eyes Football Legend Herschel Walker to Challenge Warnock for GA Senate Seat

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Former President Donald Trump strongly encouraged football legend Herschel Walker this week to run for a Georgia Senate seat in 2022.

If Walker chooses to run and makes it to the general election, he would be pitted against recently elected Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock.

“Wouldn’t it be fantastic if the legendary Herschel Walker ran for the United States Senate in Georgia?” Trump said in a statement.

“He would be unstoppable, just like when he played for the Georgia Bulldogs, and in the NFL. He is also a GREAT person. Run Herschel, run!” he continued.

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The Georgia Senate runoffs resulted in two Republicans losing their seats — incumbents Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler — in a somewhat surprising sweep for Democrats.

Walker’s claim to fame, meanwhile, is his career in college and professional football, though later in life, he became a vocal supporter of conservative causes and an advocate for the Trump campaign.

Walker has never held political office before, and currently resides in the state of Texas.

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However, this early endorsement by the president could help flip Warnock’s seat red.

It’s been posited that unproven claims of widespread voter fraud drove many reliably Republican voters to stay home during the special elections in January, as President Joe Biden won the Peach State during the general.

If Walker and Trump campaign together in Georgia, it could help bring those conservatives back to the voting booth.

Walker was an honorary co-chair of the failed Loeffler campaign and might be hesitant to run if she decides to challenge Warnock to a rematch in 2022.

The former senator told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that running again is “certainly on the table.”

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Perdue, who lost to Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff, previously said he would consider running, but later changed his mind.

“After much prayer and reflection, Bonnie and I have decided that we will not enter the race for the United States Senate in Georgia in 2022,” Perdue said in an email to supporters, The Hill reported.

“This is a personal decision, not a political one. I am confident that whoever wins the Republican Primary next year will defeat the Democrat candidate in the General election for this seat, and I will do everything I can to make that happen.”

As an outsider, Walker could bring a much-needed surge in grassroots activism and excitement to the Georgia Republican base to counter the Democrats’ ground game in the state.

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Cameron Arcand is a political commentator based in Phoenix, Arizona. His "Young Not Stupid" column launched at The Western Journal in January 2021, making Cameron one of the youngest columnists for a national news outlet in the United States. He has appeared on One America News and Fox 5 DC. Since 2019, he has been a Young America's Foundation member.
Cameron Arcand is a political commentator based in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2017 as a school project, he founded YoungNotStupid.com, which has grown exponentially since its founding. He has interviewed several notable conservative figures, including Dave Rubin, Peggy Grande and Madison Cawthorn.

In September 2020, Cameron joined The Western Journal as a Commentary Writer, where he has written articles on topics ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the "Recall Gavin Newsom" effort and the 2020 election aftermath. The "Young Not Stupid" column launched at The Western Journal in January 2021, making Cameron one of the youngest columnists for a national news outlet in the United States. He has appeared on One America News and Fox 5 DC. He has been a Young America's Foundation member since 2019.
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