Football Legend Herschel Walker Wins Georgia GOP Senate Primary in a Landslide – Opinion

Herschel, an ex-pro and college football star, defeated six of the other candidates to the Georgia GOP senator primary Tuesday. Walker won with 70%. The race was called by the Associated Press an hour after polls closed.

In November’s general election, Walker will face incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, an Atlanta pastor who unseated Sen. Kelly Loeffler in a runoff election last January. Warnock won easily his Democratic primary Tuesday.

Walker was the heavy favorite in Tuesday’s primary and had received the endorsement of former President Donald Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, something not everyone can claim. McConnell initially resisted endorsement, but Trump convinced him to give his support.

The win by Mr. Walker was also considered a victory for Trump, who had reportedly encouraged him to run.

“Herschel Walker is a friend, a Patriot, and an outstanding American who is going to be a GREAT United States Senator,” the 45th president wrote in his endorsement a week after Walker entered the race last summer. “He embodies ‘America First’ and the winning spirit of Georgia.”

Walker’s ball-running skills are the stuff of football lore. He led the Georgia Bulldogs to a national championship as a freshman in 1980, then won the Heisman Trophy as the nation’s best college football player in 1982. His thick legs and quick movements, as well as his ability to run over others, made him a household name.

He played in the USFL, and then the Dallas Cowboys, which gave him 8,225 yards of rushing.

Walker (60), defeated Gary Black the state’s Agriculture Commissioner. He was a former legislator from Josh Clark. Kelvin King is a businessman, retired Gen. Jonathan McCollumn, and Latham Saddler, formerly Navy SEAL Latham Saddler.

Walker’s road to the ultimate prize of a Senate seat is sure to get tougher. Walker is facing several scandals. One report says that Walker’s ex-wife obtained a protective order against the senator in 2005. She alleged threats and controlled behavior. He’s also been accused of inflating his academic record by, among other things, claiming that he graduated from the University of Georgia, when he in fact did not.

We can assume though that tonight he’s going to celebrate. One thing we know for sure — the general election fight is going to be hard-fought. You can expect things to get heated quickly.

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