Donald Trump said Tuesday that Georgia Bulldog football hero Herschel Walker has told him that he is going to run for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, potentially setting him up to challenge incumbent Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock in next year’s general election.
Appearing on the Clay Travis and Buck Sexton radio show, Trump said, “He told me he’s going to, and I think he will. I had dinner with him a week ago. He’s a great guy. He’s a patriot. He’s a very loyal person.”
Just last week Walker hinted strongly that he was leaning in the direction of entering the race, tweeting a brief video with the caption “Georgia on my mind” and indicating that he could “run with the big dogs.”
Georgia on my mind pic.twitter.com/JdKJ193Nkn
— Herschel Walker (@HerschelWalker) June 17, 2021
Trump, who fancies himself the Republican Party kingmaker, has fueled speculation about a possible Walker candidacy for months. In March the twice-impeached, one-term former president issued a statement on his now shuttered blog, “Wouldn’t it be great if the legendary Herschel Walker ran for the United States Senate in Georgia? He would be unstoppable, just like he was when he played for the Georgia Bulldogs, and in the NFL. He is also a GREAT person. Run, Herschel, Run!,” Trump wrote.
Walker has no previous political experience. The former college and pro football running back has been a Trump family friend since his time playing for Trump’s team in the long-defunct United States Football League.
To enter the race Walker would have to relocate to Georgia from his long-time home in Texas.
The most prominent Republican to enter the race so far is Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black.