On Tuesday, Pro-football legend Herschel Walker successfully defeated six other nominees with a landslide victory, during the Georgia GOP senate primary. The AP announced the results an hour after the polls closed, with Walker having 70% of the votes.
Walker, who is 60 years old, is all set to face Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) in the November’s general election. Warnock is a pastor from Atlanta who took the seat from Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) in last January’s runoff elections. On Tuesday, Warnock emerged as the winner for the Democratic primary.
Having received endorsement from former President Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitchell McConnell, Walker was the most favorite candidate during Tuesday’s primary. Although McConnell was resistant to endorse Walker initially, Trump was able to convince McConnell and changed his mind.
Walker’s victory was also being considered as a great win for Donald Trump as well, because he was the one who encouraged Walker to run for senate. According to Trump, Walker believes in “America First” and has Georgia’s winning spirit.
Walker is considered a legend and a superstar when it comes to football. He helped the Georgia Bulldogs reach the national championship in 1980 and helped them win the Heisman Trophy in 1982.
After the Georgia Bulldogs, he made his way to the USFL and then the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys. He ended his career with 8,225 yards rushing.
Walker was able to defeat Georgia’s Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, retired Gen. Jonathan McColumn, businessman Kelvin King, former state legislator Josh Clark and former Navy SEAL Latham Saddler, for the state’s GOP senate primary.
Although the rest of the candidates were popular and strong, the endorsement from Trump gave Walker a clear advantage.
Although Tuesday’s win is undoubtedly a reason to celebrate for Walker, things are expected to get heated in the upcoming general election. The coming election will be close, but the power of Trump’s endorsement and his legendary status in the state, Walker has a great chance of becoming Georgia’s next Republican senator.