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  • Herschel Walker wins Georgia’s GOP Senate primary; will face off against Sen. Warnock

    Herschel Walker wins Georgia’s GOP Senate primary; will face off against Sen. Warnock

    Donald Trump, a close friend of Walker’s, backed his run despite questions about Walker’s business dealings and history of violence against women.

    Football great Herschel Walker, endorsed by former President Donald Trump, won Georgia’s GOP Senate primary.

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    GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker and Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock. (Photo: Getty Images)

    Walker defeated five fellow Republicans, including Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and former Trump administration official and Navy veteran Latham Saddler.

    Walker is a political newcomer but has nearly unmatched name recognition in Georgia from his days as a college football running back. He led the University of Georgia football team to a national title during the 1980 season and won the Heisman Trophy in 1982.

    Trump, a close friend of Walker’s, backed his run despite questions about Walker’s business dealings and history of violence against women. Walker has been open about his long struggle with mental illness and acknowledged violent urges.

    He won the primary despite skipping debates with his Republican opponents and making some gaffes.

    U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock won Georgia’s Democratic primary as he seeks to hold on to his Senate seat in the upcoming midterm elections.

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    Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., speaks to a reporter after the Senate Democratic Caucus met to discuss progress on an infrastructure bill and voting rights legislation, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Warnock defeated beauty industry professional Tamara Johnson-Shealey.

    The junior senator and pastor is seeking a full, six-year term in the Senate after winning a special election in 2021 for the final two years of former Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson’s term. Republicans believe Warnock is vulnerable and are targeting his seat in their efforts to regain a Senate majority.

    Warnock is the senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once preached. On Capitol Hill, he has attacked Republicans’ push for tighter voting rules as “Jim Crow in new clothes.”

    In Georgia, he has stressed his work in bringing home funding for health care, national security research and other projects. He has also highlighted his efforts to try to cap the cost of insulin and temporarily suspend the federal gas tax.

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    The post Herschel Walker wins Georgia’s GOP Senate primary; will face off against Sen. Warnock appeared first on TheGrio.

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