“He told me he’s going to, and I think he will,” Trump advised “The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show” of the 59-year-old Walker. “I had dinner with him per week in the past. He’s an amazing man. He’s a patriot, and he’s a really loyal individual. He’s a really robust individual. They love him in Georgia … He is a implausible man, and so they love him.
“So I think he’d win,” Trump added. “I think it would be very, very hard to beat Herschel. I mean, they have the ballads. They made ballads to Herschel. They sing them all the time. They still sing them. So I think beating him would be very tough, and I think he’s going to run.”
Speculation has swirled for months about whether or not Walker would enter the race to tackle Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock, who defeated Republican Kelly Loeffler in a particular election earlier this 12 months and might run for a full six-year time period in 2022.
The relationship between Trump and Walker, a former Heisman Trophy winner and two-time NFL Pro Bowler, dates again to Walker’s days enjoying for the Trump-owned New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League. Walker endorsed Trump in each the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections and spoke at last year’s Republican National Convention. Trump himself urged Walker to enter the race in March, exhorting the previous working again to “Run Herschel, run!”
So far, essentially the most notable Georgia Republican to throw their hat into the ring towards Warnock is Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. However, Loeffler has expressed curiosity in retaking the seat she misplaced this previous January, whereas US Reps. Buddy Carter and Drew Ferguson are additionally stated to be weighing a bid — although Carter has stated publicly that he gained’t run if Walker will get in the race.
It isn’t clear when or if Walker will announce his candidacy, which has left the remainder of his would-be rivals in limbo whereas Republican fundraisers and strategists fret about Warnock constructing an enormous money benefit with out having to face a aggressive major.
“I guess my hope is that if Herschel does it, he decides to do it sooner than later,” Eric Tanenblatt, a prime nationwide Republican fundraiser and a principal on the legislation agency Dentons, advised the Associated Press final week. “You have people waiting to jump on board, but it almost becomes a little too late.”
Walker has not arrange any seen political operation in Georgia, and it’s nonetheless not clear the longtime Texas resident has re-established himself in his residence state. He had no presence on the annual state Republican conference or district and county conventions earlier this spring, leaving some GOPers annoyed.
“You’ve got to get out there and meet people, and it takes time to do that,” Jack Kingston, a former south Georgia congressman and 2014 Senate candidate, advised the AP. “Republican primary voters get mad easily if you don’t come to their events, even if you’re Herschel Walker.”
There can also be concern that Walker’s shut hyperlinks to Trump will flip off suburban voters who swung Georgia to Joe Biden’s column in November and helped Warnock and fellow Democrat Jon Ossoff to Senate victories earlier this 12 months.
“This whole thing just captures the issue for Republicans right now in Georgia,” GOP strategist Chip Lake advised AP. “We have a whole lot of Republicans who love Donald Trump and everyone who supports him. And we have a faction that just wants to move on. To win, we have to get those two groups to vote for the same person without realizing it. Can Herschel Walker or anybody else do that?”
With Post wires