Heisman Trophy Winner Herschel Walker Running for US Senate Seat in Georgia

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVAugust 24, 2021

College Football: SEC Championship Game: Closeup portrait of former Georgia player Herschel Walker before game vs LSU at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Atlanta, GA 12/7/2019
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Former Georgia Bulldogs star and NFL running back Herschel Walker is running for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia as a Republican, according to Stephen Fowler of NPR. 

Per Greg Bluestein of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "a formal announcement is expected within days. He filed paperwork Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission establishing his candidacy, a move that came shortly after he registered to vote in Georgia."

Walker is an ally of former President Donald Trump, who has reportedly urged Walker to run for office and believes he would be "unstoppable" as a candidate.

"He told me he's going to, and I think he will," Trump said in June on The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show, via Fowler. "He's a great guy. He's a patriot. And he's a very loyal person. He's a very strong person. They love him in Georgia, I'll tell you."

Walker joined Trump in making false and baseless claims of voter fraud following the 2020 presidential election.

The 1982 Heisman Trophy winner is running against a number of other candidates in the Republican primary, including current Georgia agriculture commissioner Gary Black. The winner of the primary is expected to face the incumbent, Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, in the general election.