Former President Donald Trump said Georgia Bulldog football great Herschel Walker told him he was going to run for the U.S. Senate, a decision that would make him the top Republican in the race against Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock.
“He told me he’s going to, and I think he will,” Trump said Tuesday on “The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show.” “I had dinner with him a week ago. He’s a great guy. He’s a patriot. He’s a very loyal person.”
Trump has long encouraged Walker to run for the seat, triggering an awkward waiting game for Republicans that’s partially frozen the race for one of the top GOP targets in 2022. The most prominent Republican to enter the race so far is Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black; others have taken a pass or stayed on the sidelines.
Enterprising Republicans aren’t usually so eager to step aside for an out-of-state political newcomer to decide — Walker has lived in Texas for years — but support from the former president could be enough to swing a GOP primary in Georgia.