By: Alyssa Wilson
Former University of Georgia football player Herschel Walker has launched a campaign for U.S. Senate in Georgia on Tuesday.
According to The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Walker registered to vote in Georgia earlier this month, ending speculation that he was going to move from Texas. His bid makes him the most prominent Republican to join the list of candidates running against Senator Raphael Warnock next year.
Walker did not publicly announce his run, but the paperwork was filed. According to the AJC, he ran after former President Donald Trump urged him and told him he’d be “unstoppable” as a candidate in the race. He also has high recognition in Georgia for his celebrity status.
Many Republicans worry he will lose to Warnock, who has fundraised significantly and has become a national figure since beating the GOP in January. His victory made him the first Black U.S. senator in Georgia history.
Walker has been public about his battles with mental illness, writing in 2008 that he was diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, the Associated Press reported. A review of public records revealed a troubling personal history that could impact his run.
He was a football star while at the University of Georgia before going on to the National Football League. He is also the owner of Renaissance Man Food Services, a meat supplier.
In February, the GOP candidate testified at a House hearing, saying Black people should not get reparations and that his religion teaches togetherness.
Now that Democrats flipped Georgia, turning it Blue in the 2020 presidential election, Republicans are eyeing the state. They have a tough battle against Warnock, who has raised more than $10.5 million.
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